Great Lakes Barista Competition


Our friends Logan Demmy and Courtney Robinson put on a good show at this year's Great Lakes Barista Competition. In fact, their scores were best in their state, Ohio. Unfortunately this wasn't good enough to get them into the final round of the Great Lakes region, but we are still proud of them nonetheless.

Both participants had specialty drinks sure to make you wonder. Logan's specialty drink was a concoction of a fig and balsalmic reduction with a touch of creme anglais. Courtney's was created with roasted beets, celery seed, and pine nuts. Both intriguing in their own way. Who would have thought to put espresso with these combinations? Very interesting!

Good Job Logan and Courtney!

Fall 2009 Seasonal Drink Competition Winner

Announcing this Fall season's Drink Competition winner...

Kayla Rush of Dayton, Ohio with her


Autumn Sunset Latte
  • medium size mug (16oz)
  • 2 shots of espresso
  • 1 1/2 oz of caramel
  • 1/2 oz of raspberry syrup
  • 1/2 oz of hazelnut
  • steamed milk
Kayla is a barista at a chocolate and coffee shop in Dayton Ohio, and said, "I was messing around one day with lattes and this is what I came up with. Also, the drink is still great without the hazelnut! Its a great drink for those who need the caffeine without the big coffee taste. : )"

She will be receiving two 12oz. bags of Vienna Coffee and a VCC mug. Congratulations

Thank you to all of our Participants. Don't worry you have another chance to win with our next competition. The Winter Seasonal Drink Competition has begun! Please send in your recipes by February 9, 2010, just in time for Valentine's Day. This is the best season for a good cup of hot coffee and tea! We'd love to hear from you. Need ideas? Check out our recipes or past winner's recipes.