Behind the Scenes at the United States Barista Championships / Lem Butler


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Welcome back to Coffeenate.com!  This week you are in for a special treat, as my friend Perri Gorman, of Tambaroo Coffee, has

provided this cool behind the scenes look at the United States Barista Championships at the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) trade show.  This is the world’s largest and most prominent event centered about the subject of everything coffee!  This year’s event was held last week in Anaheim, and also included the USBC as part of the show.  When you see these baristas creating their art on a canvas of liquid, you quickly realize that these aren’t your average Starbucks teens slinging computer programmed shots, these are artists!

This video has an interview with the 2010 South East Regional Barista Champion, Lem Butler (find him on Twitter @SexyFoam)  Lem was preparing for the semi-final round of the competition when Perri lured him in for some insight.  It’s an interesting conversation, check it out.  I first heard about Lem on another friends site, DailyDemitasse.com, where Lem was the featured “Barista on Duty Interview” The video ends with Perri chatting up a barista that was using egg whites in his beverage…he provides a classic closing line that made me laugh out loud!

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After following the twitter feed for the SCAA2010 event, and seeing just how many of my twitter connections were there, I decided on the fact that I was going to attend the 2011 SCAA event, hosted by the city of Houston next April.  Until then, I’ll have to live vicariously through Perri’s experience.  Follow Perri on twitter and on Tambaroo’s Posterous.

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Nate is a special kind of coffee lover. He began drinking the same swill that most others do, but thought there must be something better out there. Sure enough, he was right, even more so than he ever dreamed possible. He soon found his way into the specialty coffee industry, and was tasting exceptional coffees from dozens of roasters from around the country. He is now committed to teaching others how they can appreciate coffee, and how they can make the best coffee in town and save money at the same time! Cheers c[_]

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  • Julie

    You'll enjoy the SCAA show. This was my third, and although I am an ecologist and coffee writer/lover and not in the industry, I've made great friends and had a great time. I saw the Tambaroo products and it would be great to outfit my press with one!

  • You'll enjoy the SCAA show. This was my third, and although I am an ecologist and coffee writer/lover and not in the industry, I've made great friends and had a great time. I saw the Tambaroo products and it would be great to outfit my press with one!

  • @dailydemitasse

    Thanks for the mention, Nate. Lem is a great guy and amazing Barista. Hopefully I'll get to go to SCAA soon.

  • Thanks for the mention, Nate. Lem is a great guy and amazing Barista. Hopefully I'll get to go to SCAA soon.

  • TheCoffeeMakerStore

    I’m going to try to attend next year too. I’d love to connect with others on Twitter too. Thanks, Raza

  • I'm going to try to attend next year too. I'd love to connect with others on Twitter too.

    Thanks,
    Raza

  • Kathy P

    My daughter loves coffee!

  • Would be fun. I'm going to an SCAA skill building workshop next month to learn more about coffee cupping. It will be great to meet some coffee twitteratti too 😉

  • He seems like a fun guy too. It would be great to connect at SCAA next year!

  • Looking forward to the show. Good luck on the contest 🙂

  • I would love to take cofee.This is the world’s largest and most famous occasion centered about the subject of everything coffee!

  • Would be fun. I’m going to an SCAA expertise building class next month to learn more about java cupping. It will be great in order to meet some java twitteratti too