October 29-31, 2009
Saint Louis, MO
Once again the wonderful people at Kaldi’s Coffee hosted the MWRBC. What a class operation on every detail, and of course Midwest hospitality. After taking a year off from judging in order to concentrate on Brewed Behavior, I once again completed judges certification and got back into the mix .Of course the Midwest is home for me, in fact it was home for the first ever regional Barista competition in Kansas City. Early on when we were first forming the USBC, through the vision of Danny O’Neill the first SCAA sanctioned regional competition was born. In addition, Jeff Taylor and his crew at PT’s have always been top contenders or winners since that day. Amazing to watch the resilience of PT’s as staff turnover affects every business, they continue to churn out top competitors, paired up with exemplary coffees and create winners in both the MWRBC and USBC. So when you consider the MW Regional competition, consider the heart that goes into making and maintaining a specialty coffee culture in the Heart of America.