Café Imports Named 3 Year USBC/RBC Origin Trip Sponsor

We are proud to announce that SCAA Member Café Imports will be the 3 year official Origin Trip Sponsor for the USBC and RBC events. The St. Paul, MN based coffee importer has been an enthusiastic supporter of SCAA and events for some time. In 2010, they were the official Title Sponsor of the first annual Camp Pull-A-Shot, presented by the Barista Guild of America and have supported many other SCAA events and programs as well. Noah Namowicz, a representative of Café Imports, cites the company’s “serious commitment to the development of barista education and coffee education as a whole” as the reason behind their continued support of the programs.

So what does this mean for the regional and national winners? Together, they will enjoy a trip to a country of origin, courtesy of Café Imports. As anyone who has traveled to Origin well knows, the experience of participating in the harvesting of coffee firsthand is an awe inspiring and often life changing experience. These 8 baristas will not only win a trip overseas, but will also be given the chance to develop relationships with the farmers who nurture and develop the exceptional coffee that finds its way to their cafes and in doing so, gain a deeper appreciation and context of their craft. Café Imports will be taking the winners to Brazil this July 2011, so clear your calendars! According to Namowicz in the recent issue of Barista Magazine, “We [Café Imports] know the power that an origin trip can have for coffee professionals, and if we can even be a small part in helping someone connect the dots by experiencing coffee at origin, we know this program is a success.”

Think you have what it takes to win at regionals and join the other winners on this trip? You might be the next USBC Champion, but first you have to register for your own Regional Barista Competition (dates and locations listed below). Good luck to everyone who competes in the 2011 regionals, and thank you to Café Imports for providing such a wonderful opportunity!

Regional RBC Schedule 2011

North West Regional Barista Competition – January 27-30, 2011 – Tacoma, WA
North East Regional Barista Competition – TBD – New York, NY
North Central Regional Barista Competition – February 17-20, 2011 – Chicago, IL
South West Regional Barista Competition – March 3-6, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA
South East Regional Barista Competition – February 11-13, 2011 – Atlanta, GA
South Central Regional Barista Competition – March 31-April 3, 2011 – St. Louis, MO