This past week was a pretty exciting week in the world of specialty coffee. The US Coffee Championships: Nashville Qualifier took place. Baristas, roasters, coffee enthusiasts, cuppers, etc. competed in 5 different coffee-related events to earn a spot at the US Coffee Champs. The winners of the US Coffee Champs will go on to represent the US at the World Coffee Champs.
Yes, you read that correctly. Sometimes I drink bad coffee on purpose. I admit it. Kind of strange to talk about this on a blog whose stated purpose is “Stopping Bad Coffee.” But it’s the truth. And I don’t mean the kind of “bad” like when your proportions got off so your pour-over is a little watery and you’re not sure whether to dump it out and start over. I’m talking bought-at-Wal-Mart for $1.96/lb., ground in April 2017, vacuum sealed in a cardboard cylinder… Yeah, that kind of bad coffee. I willingly choose to put that in my body.