NY Times Diner’s Journal Celebrates the Northeast Regional Barista Competition

Oliver Strand has been championing the surge in specialty coffee here in NYC for quite some time.  His prose has been touting the skills of local coffee roasters, shops, baristas, and cafe culture.  It’s appropriate and significant that he too gets a chance to basque in the glow of everything that transpired this past weekend at the NERBC.

For the first time in history the Northeast Barista Championship was held here in New York City, and right in the heart of Manhattan across from Chelea Market (home to the Food Network).  All three top finalists were working with coffees roasted right here in the 5 boroughs, and all six baristas in the final round work for companies here in New York City.

The role that the press plays in sharing the coffee community’s message with the public cannot be overstated.  Peter Meehan’s work with the Times was critical to helping the quality driven shops in New York reach an audience previously unaware of the quality revolution.  Oliver Strand has continued in this tradition, and his latest post to the New York Times blogmust make him feel great.  Thanks to all those out there that helped to make it all possible!

 

Battle of the Baristas in the New York Times

Battle of the Baristas
Oliver Strand in Diner’s Journal at the New York Times
4/12/11

Philip Search’s winning presentation at NERBC 2011 finals

The presentation that gave Philip Search from Dallis Bros. Coffee the 1st place in the NERBC 2011.


North East Regional Barista Championship (NERBC) 2011

Philip Search of Dallis Bros. Coffee WINS THE NERBC 2011

THE WINNER OF THE NORTH EAST REGIONAL BARISTA CHAMPIONSHIP 2011 (NERBC) GOES TO PHILIP SEARCH!!!! OF DALLIS COFFEE BROTHERS. PHILIP BEAT OUT THE FINAL 6 AT THE NERBC. HE WILL NO GO DOWN TO HOUSTON FOR THE NATIONAL FINALS.

Sam Penix of Everyman Espresso just slam dunked his NERBC Finals Spot

Yes indeed, the East Village is being righteously represented when Mr. Sam Penix of Everyman Espresso hits center stage.  Great job Sam – that flip sig bev was amazing!  While challenging the culinary world to up the ante with coffee programming Sam put the BAR in barista with his mixology classic  –  incorporating an egg yolk into his “Apollo Flip”.

This was Sam’s second presentation in the NERBC 2011 finals, as he had a technical difficulty in the first one (a problem with the screens at the espresso machine).

Wiggles from Irving Farm one of the final 6

Wiggles of Irving Farms is interviewed by our own Dan Mueller (Dallis Brothers Coffee). Wiggles is part of the final 6 contestants who will be awaiting their fate shortly as the NERBC 2011 Barista winners are announced. Good luck Wiggles and the rest of the Finalists.

Paul Perry from Bunn

Dan Mueller interviews Paul Perry from Bunn and gets the latest on the soon-to-be-released Bunn Trifecta brewer. Check it out!

 

P.S.: check here for more info on the Bunn Trifecta.

Erin M. with Gimme Coffee

Erin M. with Gimme Coffee speaks to Dan Mueller about the competition at the NERBC 2011, performance time during the brewers cup, and the overall excitement of the event. ERIN WON THE NERBC 2011 BREWERS CUP!!!! Congrats ERIN!!!

Wiggles’ presentation at NERBC 2011

There was probably no other finalist as charismatic as Wiggles Peters from Irving Farm. We leave this photo series as a tribute to one of the most enchanting baristas in NYC.

Billy Wilson of “Barista”

Billy Wilson of “Barista“, a cafe based out of Portland, Oregon speaks to Dan Mueller of Dallis Brothers Coffee. Billy speaks briefly of his cafes and retail operations as well as the NERBC 2011 and being a judge for the event.