Team Pittsburgh – Tazza D'Oro and Aldo Coffee
We’re feeling lucky today and it’s not because Braden and Emily are about to compete in the 2008 Mid-Atlantic Regional Barista Competition in Washington, DC. It’s because we had a great night of competition practice with the folks from Aldo Coffee and a great panel of volunteer judges. Thanks to Rich and Melanie, Belle, Sonja and John from Aldo Coffee, Matt, Ward, Chris, Sean, Todd-Michael, Rachel, Jodi, and Zach. Rich and Melanie brought all the judges with them along with judges score sheets and lots equipment, barista stuff, a few brews and vino. (BTW, very impressive traveling cooler, Rich!)
Then another lucky moment – Heather from Batdorf and Bronson calls 1st thing this morning(Pacific time) saying “how did the practice go, we are thinking about you, give me a call”. Yeppers, Batdorf and Bronson rocks and we hope to make you proud! Heather can’t wait to see you on this end of the country.
All the baristas were great. Judges and Aldo, I think we could have a decent chance of making a great showing for the “burgh”! We will leave Pittsburgh next Thursday (2/14) and Coffee Fest will open it’s doors bright and early Friday morning. Braden and Emily will compete in the 1st round either Friday or Saturday and the finals are on Sunday. Yes, we will have the laptop and camera and sending info as we can. Emily and Braden, we are so proud of you and all our thanks to our coffee roaster, Batdorf and Bronson.