Brandon Duff on the floor

Brandon from RBC NYC cafe performing in the NERBC 2011 finals.

Wanna get involved with the BGA? Check out this interview

In between performances at the NERBC 2011, Anne Nylander and Benjamin Wilkinson, who both work extensively with the Barista Guild of America, explain to Dan Mueller how baristas can get involved with the coffee community and talk about the BGA’s skill building workshops, classes and other activities. Check it out!

Park Brannen knocks it out of the park

The performance that earned Park Brannen, from Cafe Grumpy, the 3rd place in the NERBC 2011.

Mr. Mike Jones on da floor!

Mike Jones, from Third Rail Coffee, in an impeccable presentation at the NERBC 2011 finals.

Latest word on the streets from Dan Streetman

For those who don’t know him, Dan Streetman  – a.k.a. “The Streetfighter” – is a longtime judge for USBC championships, former Dallis Bros. Coffee sales rep for Texas, current Irving Farms Coffee employee and a great guy. Dan Mueller gets the latest from him and his thoughts on the NERBC 2011 competition so far.

Ladies & Gentlemen – Philip Search! Taking it to the wire…

Dallis Bros Coffee’s own Philip Search took the full 15:00 and it was worth every second.  Working his magic and throwing down the gauntlet to grinder manufacturers everywhere.  Philip’s own construction, a Frankenstein grinder that he cobbled together from the flotsam and jetsam of  our service shop’s cadavers. Great job Philip!


Philip Search looks ready for the action…

That’s right – Philip Search of Dallis Bros Coffee is a man on a mission.  As you can see, he is not messing around.

Mr. Sam Penix of Everyman Espresso is NERBC Finalist Numero Uno Today

Sam Penix from Everyman Espresso in NYC is the first of 6 finalists on the floor. Go Sam!

UPDATE: It was found later there was a fault with the espresso machine during Sam’s presentation, and he’ll get another chance to present again later in the day.

NERBC Brewers Cup Finals have BEGUN! Catch the action here LIVE!

Catch all the NERBC and Brewers Cup action LIVE!  Don’t miss a thing.  Our 1st place winners will be flying to Houston in just a few weeks to represent!


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Nice guy, nice tats – Mr Sam Penix!

Dan Mueller and Dr. Jones on a quick interview with Sam Penix from Everyman Espresso right before his presentation. Sam is the first finalist to present at the NERBC 2011! Go Sam!