CoffeeFest Nashville Recap

Friday March 31, 2017 // By Dana Schlingman

Coffee Fest Nashville 2017

Team dinner at Martin's Bar-B-Que JointWhile no one returned with a velvet, rhinestone encrusted Elvis suit, it is safe to say that Barista Pro Shop's trip to Music City was a success! Personally I think it’s a cryin’ shame that Matthew didn’t pick up some blue suede to accent his eyes - but that’s just me. (Alright, I think I shook all of the Elvis puns out of my system. I spend a lot of time on social media. I could not help myself).

Dottie, Matthew, Tia and Tori had a blast on their whirlwind weekend reconnecting with industry partners, making new connections and in Tia’s words, “tasting all the things.” Tori survived her first trade show and now eagerly anticipates attending more in the future. Though very tired after the jam packed trip, Dottie also enjoyed getting out from behind a screen. Surprisingly, this was her first time at a Coffee Fest show as well even though she’s been with BPS for over eight years.

BPS TeamHighlights:

In awe we watched our customer and friend Tamas from Dragonfly Coffee Roasters as he worked his way up through the America’s Best Espresso National Championship all the while whispering, “Pst, we know him!” Likewise we saw our neighbor and Friend Derrick Wessels throw-down in the Latte Art Competition. A frequent visitor at BPS, Derrick has helped us with various latte art training events. Now that he has started his own roasting business, Beagle Coffee Company, we are eager to see what’s next for this shrewd go-getter.

We were also pumped to see so many of the products that we carry featured at the show. We already believe in what we offer - but it feels good to have our sampling, vetting and selection process affirmed. Congratulations 1883 Maison Routin, Milkadamia and Monin!

Derrick Wessels of Beagle Coffee CompanyCompetition Results:

Latte Art World Championship Open

The finalists of the Coffee Fest Nashville 2017
Latte Art World Championship Open were:

1st Place: Robert Kim - Auckland, New Zealand
2nd Place: Lance Hedrick - Memphis, TN
3rd Place: Daisuke Tanaka - Osaka, Japan

Latte Art Final Bracket 

Tamas of Dragonfly Coffee RoastersAmerica's Best Espresso - National Championship

The top winners of the America's Best Espresso Competition from the past six Coffee Fest Shows competed for the ultimate title of National Champion. 

1st Place: Sump Coffee - St. Louis, MO
2nd Place: Dragonfly Coffee Roasters - Boulder, CO
3rd Place: Slate Coffee Roasters - Seattle, WA

America's Best Espresso National Championship Bracket

America's Best Cold Brew

The second-ever Cold Brew Competition took place at Coffee Fest Nashville and continues to prove cold brew is more than just a trend.

1st Place: Pilcrow Coffee - Milwaukee, WI
2nd Place: BeanFruit Coffee Co. - Pearl, MS
3rd Place: Uel Zing Coffee - Bloomington, IN 

America's Best Cold Brew Final Bracket 

1883 SyrupBest New & Featured Products

Best New Consumable Products:
1st Place: 1883 Maison Routin - 1883 Spritz Syrup
2nd Place TIE: Milkadamia - Latte-Da & Onnit Labs - Emulsified MCT Oil
3rd Place: Smartfruit - Smartfruit

Best New Non-Consumable Product:
1st Place: DrinkTanks® - DrinkTanks® Insulated Cups
2nd Place: Coffee Freshness System - Coffee Freshness System

Best Featured Product:
OneVessel by Vessel Drinkware - Assorted Copper Insulated Vacuum Stainless Tumber

People's Choice Award:

Monin Gourmet Flavorings: Butter Pecan & Tiramisu Syrups

Now it's time to gear up for Coffee Fest Chicago - see you in the windy city!

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