Our busy and incredible weekend hosting the NERBC last Saturday and Sunday would never have been the same without the pinnacle of coffee journalism, sprudge.com in attendance to keep score, shoot video, conduct interviews, and generally act like our event was as important and exciting as we think it was. Zachary and Jordan took a minute to share this exclusive video with us, and their final thoughts on the best region in the nation.
“It seems impossible, but the NERBC weekend has come and gone. It was an intense competition to say the least. In just 5 short years, the Northeast region has become home to many of the best cafes, baristas, and roasters in America, a vibrant community that fielded a record 46 competitors between the Barista Competition and Brewers Cup events. We came away stunned by the quality of routines throughout the weekend, and an atmosphere that felt more like a national event than a mere regional. A huge part of that excitement can be credited to the organizational and event planning work of the Dallis Bros. team, who were wise to pair this event with the 7th Annual Coffee and Tea Festival NYC. As hundreds of curious New Yorkers filed in and out of the competition space, it was at times tough to move, tough to think, tough to breathe, but it certainly made for an exciting room, with by far the largest audience of any regional event this year. Kudos to Dallis Bros. and the SCAA for planning, then managing to execute such an incredible weekend.
Sprudge.com provided event coverage throughout the weekend, both live on Twitter and via our home page. Curious readers can relive the weekend by visiting this link, a portal to all of our NERBC features, including videos, photos and recaps – 17 pieces of coverage and counting. Our work at NERBC would never have been possible without the sponsorship and on-site support of Dallis Bros. – we remain indebted to the fine folks who make Dallis Bros. such an important part of the American specialty coffee community.
Dallis Bros. did more than just organize this event. They also fielded four top-notch competitors: Mike DeJesus and Philip Search in the Barista Competition, and Teresa von Fuchs and William McAllister in the Brewers Cup. Mr. DeJesus competed using Dallis Bros. Andino Especial and Finca Monte Redonda Narino, both from Colombia, as well as Brazilian coffee from Dallis Bros.’ Fazenda Nossa Senhora Aparecida. His routine was a fan favorite in the audience, and on a personal note, it was a pleasure to meet Mike at the event and have a chance to chat with him throughout the weekend. Meanwhile, last year’s NERBC champion, Philip Search, offered up a routine that included made-to-order affogatos and no shortage of skill. Both were a delight to watch—Dallis has so much to be proud of, and we look forward to watching these competitors and their routines for years to come.
We can’t say enough about how much fun this year’s NERBC was. The competition was wild, loud, vibrant, exciting, challenging, packed, incredibly competitive, and deeply memorable—the essence of New York City, distilled into a barista competition. As journalists, we could not have asked for more. Congratualtions, Dallis Bros., for putting together such a very special event—til we meet again at NERBC 2013, we want to take this chance to say “thank you” for your sponsorship, your support, and for the very important role you play in the American specialty coffee community. Attending and reporting on your event has truly been our pleasure.”
-Jordan and Zachary
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Nancy Davidson in Edible Queens Magazine
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A Coffee Tour: Dallis Bros. and Octavio Cafe
Robin Dorian & Patrick Kolts in Find.Eat.Drink
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Cheryl Chan on The Edible Blog – Edible Manhattan Magazine
The Art of Farming Coffee
Maryse Chevriere in The Daily Meal
Bits & Bites: News You Can Eat
Charlotte Druckman in the Wall Street Journal
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!