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Alaska Coffee Industry’s Most Significant Event

Baristas from All Coffee Companies in Alaska Compete for ABC Title


ANCHORAGE – This Saturday, February 4, 2017, baristas representing several Alaskan coffee companies will gather under one roof to compete for the Alaska Barista Cup. The Alaska Barista Cup is the most significant event supporting the coffee industry and coffee culture in Alaska.


The Alaska Barista Cup will feature two events. The main event will challenge baristas’ latte art skills. Contestants will be judged on unique design pour, flavor, and presentation. One barista will be crowned 2017 Alaska Barista Cup champion after the main event. First place champion will receive cash and prizes ($1,000 value). Registration for the main event is full and closed with 30 competitors prepared to compete.


The second event will be the coffee tasting competition. This challenge will test the tasters’ ability to distinguish different coffee flavors and characteristics. Tasters are also required to successfully identify five matching coffees from a table of 8 coffees. The winner of this event will receive a camping Brew Ki t with coffee ($225 value). This event is open to the public to observe and compete.


“It is our goal to recognize and promote the skills and talents of individual baristas who serve the community every morning,” said Jared Mockli, Black Cup general manager.


Contestants will be evaluated by an external panel of judges:


• Gretchen Fauske–Associate Director for the UAA Center for Economic Development & successful local blogger (gretchenlovesanchorage.com)

• Sam Wolfe–local specialty coffee connoisseur & former owner of Wolfe House Coffee

• Kristen Hjelm–Regional Account manager with Bunn-O-Matic & former judge of the National Barista Championships.


Event organizer and Kaladi marketing director Seth Stetson said, “It’s going to be a full-house. We’re excited about a friendly competition amongst baristas representing the Alaska coffee industry regardless of the coffee house they work at.”


The Alaska Barista Cup will take place at 49th State Brewing Company 717 W. 3rd Ave. on Saturday, February 4, 6 pm – 10 pm. Admission and participation is free.


Alaska’s coffee history began with Café del Mundo (now Black Cup) in 1975 at the time when Starbucks had only three coffee shops. The coffee industry has grown to the point where Alaska has been recognized as the second most caffeinated state in the country with top rankings for number of coffee shops per capita, and amount of coffee consumed per capita.


About Alaska Barista Cup: The Alaska Barista Cup is an event organized by Kaladi Brothers Coffee and Black Cup–Café del Mundo in partnership with La Marzocco Espresso Machines, DaVinci Syrups, Ghirardelli Chocolate, and Bunn-O-Matic. Their goal is to promote the specialty coffee industry, coffee culture, and baristas in Alaska.


About Kaladi Brothers Coffee: Founded in 1986 as an espresso cart on 4th Avenue in Anchorage that now features 16 cafes in Alaska and one in Seattle, WA. Kaladi Brothers Coffee is locally owned and operated. Its vision is to be the coffee by which all coffees are judged. Its mission is to be a Catalyst for Community.


About Black Cup: Originally Café del Mundo, founded in 1975. Located on 341 E. Benson, Black Cup is an iconic coffee house popular as a meeting place. Black Cup roasts coffee with a Probat barrel roaster. Its mission is to seek, select, and roast the most unique coffee that’s best served black.


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