Benjamin Turiano from Joe Bean Coffee Roasters

With 3 minutes left on the clock and a very cool and calm approach, Benjamin Turiano whips up some latte art for the judges with a rockin latte.

Sam Penix from “Everyman Espresso”

Sam Penix from “Everyman Espresso” rocking with an exceptional performance. Sams final beverage included an egg yolk to increase density in the beverage. Great Work!

Kudos to Marcus from SCAA for bringing the NERBC live feed back up!

The man, the legend! Marcus and the SCAA crew spent a good chunk of last night figuring out how to get the NERBC 2011 live feed back up. Thanks Marcus!

For videos and up-tp-date info on all the NERBC activity:

Check out the live feed below:
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Dan Mueller teaching the Renaissance of Latte Art

Dan (Raphael)Mueller of Dallis Brothers Coffee teaching some home baristas on the art of steaming milk and a dabble in latte art. Rosetta Anyone? Ill take one. Great job Dan.

NERBC – Day 1 in the Books

So first day of NERBC down and so much has already happened, first day of brewers cup had coffee people from Sweet Leaf NYC, Dallis Bros Coffee, Tamp Tamp, Irving Farm and more making coffee. And 15 outstanding baristas making espressos and caps and crazy sig drinks, like Mike Morgenstern (from Joe The Art Of Coffee‘s) dry ice carbonated Espresso ‘IPA’ and Jessica Roff (from soon to be Cafe Verde’s) fireside deconstructed s’mores. While we were worried she was going to burn up Aaron Ultimo’s shoes, disaster was averted. If watching competition is too nerve racking for you, there was the some great guest cafes taking care of folks at the 4th bar like Gimme Coffee! and Root Hill Cafe, and the pop up Dallis Bros Cafe, rocking a lever espresso machine. Did we mention how much coffee we had? A lot. Enough to be super excited about tomorrow and a host more baristas, brewers, coffee coffee and coffee! Now lets get our beer and dinner on at. (I mean you heard about the BGA party at everyman espresso right? Its tonight. Theme: drinking and dancing!

ps heard there was trouble with the NERBC live stream today, catch tons of archived videos at and keep checking tomorrow for constant updates. catch the action almost live.

Koichi-Rock n’ Roll

Our final competitor of the night, Mr. Koichiro Goto was a zen master on the stage, with the flair of a true performance artist!

His signature beverage was brilliantly simple, incorporating an organic soy milk that perfectly matched the sweetness of his espresso, making for one tasty cortado.

The smooth-jams and final bow at the end didn’t hurt his cache, either.

The Rise of a Phoenix!

With vim and vigor, Phoenix Coffee superstar Wesley Johansen stormed through his first cappuccino course before the judges could blink!

His coffee, a natural Ethiopian from the Sidama region, was both bright and clean – a rarity within the realm of natural coffees.  He was utterly collected and perfectly genial.  It was tough to watch him do his thing and NOT smile.
Uh oh, his hair is ablaze!  It seems we may see the rising of a phoenix before this weekend is through!

Mean-Muggin’ with Muggswigz Coffee and Tea Co.

No, just kidding.  No mean-mugging with this lady.

Jillian Roholt brings it all to the table with some killer espresso and an absolutely solid performance.  Watch her here as she pulls the judges some espresso with poise and confidence.

We’re a bit Roff around the edges… PART 2

Part 2 of Jessica Roff’s presentation at the North East Regional Barista Competition (NERBC) 2011 representing Dallis Bros. Coffee!

We’re a bit Roff around the edges… PART 1

but it kind of works for us!

Dallis Bros Coffee competitor Jessica Roff brings her passion for indigenous peoples and culinary experimentation to the game, and boy did she throw down!

Her signature drink, a deconstructed s’more, involved unrefined sugar, vegetarian marshmallows and chocolate hand-crafted by a small Ecuadorian co-op.

And what’s best of all – the drink is totally awesome!
Much love to Jessica for a fantastic performance.


(part 2 of her presentation coming right next)