This year, steaming into the port town of Long Beach, dozens of baristas, with as many goals of claiming the berth of Champion, filed their way into the Specialty Coffee Championships at Long Beach Arena with coffees from around the nation. Pairing their ideas with philosophy, intention, schools of thought and process, they took a stage and preached their truths for fifteen minutes over three drinks.
Los Angeles’ own, Charles Babinski of Go Get Em Tiger was among them, heralding the idea of service, real-life scenarios from owning a bar and real-time ideas of efficiency at scale despite small shop parameters. It was inspiring and an idea among many delivered with impassioned belief. A salute to our champ and the other five engines that roared in our hearts.
Now, a resounding quote paired with their set lists as I was able to hear and document it.
2. ‘Be Your Girl,’ Teedra Moses
1. ‘I Won’t Let You Down,’ Ok Go
2. ‘She Drives Me Crazy,” FYC
3. ‘Turn Up The Radio,’ Ok Go
4. ‘Let You Go,’ Oscar James
1. ‘Xxx88,’ Mo
2. ‘Lily The Kid,’ Pedro
3. Pulsing, Tomas Bofard
4. ‘Glow,’ Retro Stefson
1. ‘First Fires,’ Bonobo
2.‘Black Sands,’ Bonobo
1.‘Never Meant,’ American Football
2.‘Warm Water,’ Her Name is Banks
3.‘Minnesota,’ Bon Iver
4.‘Time is Dancing,’ Ben Howard
1.‘We Could Live Forever,’ Bonobo
2. ‘Cirrus,’ Bonobo
3. ‘Sill Life,’ The Horrors