Both Ian Picco, Director of Coffee, and Tyler Duncan, Wholesale Trainer, made it to this year’s final rounds in The U.S. Coffee Championships held at the Global Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle, WA last month. Tyler competed in the Brewer’s Cup Championship and placed 5th overall, beating out 70-some U.S competitors. Ian crushed the competition in the Roaster Championship placing 1st in both rounds. They both used a coffee from the family farm, El Manzano, which we will be releasing at the end of this month in our Limited Edition tube (more on this very soon). The competitions were fierce, competing for several days over several rounds across a handful of cities over the year, going up against the best baristas and roasters in the industry, and the best coffees in the world.
Ian goes on to represent the U.S. in the World Coffee Roasting Championship this November in Dubai. For an interview between Ian and Roast Magazine’s Daily Coffee News, check out this just published article.