We're back from CoffeeFest and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Barista Championships.
Belle finished a strong fourth and we later learned she was in second place overall going into the finals. Which we suppose makes her for the moment the second best barista in Pennsylvania. But the top dog in Pittsburgh and Western PA. We can live with that ;-)
Andi may have had the more difficult challenge since she was competing not just within the Mid-Atlantic region but against national competitors for the Latte Art title. Her competition included several baristas who'd already competed nationally, including several from the Pacific Northwest, California, the Carolinas and Chicago. Andi placed eighth overall.
We learned in backstage conversations with several past winners and competitors that they may include a trip up here soon to see what's happening in the Pittsburgh espresso scene as we're now on the map as a city with cafes that can compete with the best baristas in the country.
The national championships coming up in Charlotte the first week of April. We might be there.