ONE: Los Angeles, CA
This weekend, the city of Long Beach hosted the United States Barista Competition, an event that gives a stage to baristas around the nation to compete with coffee.
From a season of regional barista competitions covering the west, east and central part of the country 24 baristas participated in round one on Friday. Then, on Saturday, 18 competitors went on to compete in the semi-finals leading all spectators and participants to the final six which performed on Sunday. Of that half dozen, one was crowned a winner from this years’ competition hometown state of Los Angeles: Charles Babinksi of Go Get Em Tiger, proffering the idea of high quality pod espresso, large scale systems for high volume in small scale shops, using coffee from Heart Roasters and 49th Parallel, music from Daedelus including ‘Be Your Girl’ by Teedra Moses, Majestic by Aozora. Congratulations to Charles, Go Get Em Tiger and his entire team. Now, go get an almond milk latte.
TWO: Brooklyn, NY
Coffee couplings are quite the culture. Coffee and bikes. Coffee and barbershops. Coffee and pop-ups. However, coffee and anatomy, not so much, until now. But, a little café with a lot of oomph Black Gold Records, has forged a coffee collaboration with Morbid Anatomy – a museum for the intersection of “beauty, death and that which falls in between the cracks – and this weekend they celebrated with a party, anti-folk music and coffee, of course.
Follow them on Twitter.. Hours of operation at Morbid Anatomy are 7 days a week, 8-8 M-Sat, 8-6 Sun.
The Academy Awards awarded Birdman with the Best Picture of The Year. A moment to congratulate the film and all its wonderful, writing, drama and comeback themes. Additionally, a nod to all of its coffee scenes. I couldn’t think of a better thing to pair in a film, than how naturally coffee fits into an everyman lifestyle. For a look at one of its scenes, as written about here for another famed award show, see Actors in Films Having Coffee.