SEATTLE, Sept. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Baristas Coffee Company, Inc. (OTCPK: BCCI) announced that one of its top baristas, Payton Scott, has been selected to be one of the judges of the "DaVinci Gourmet America's Best Coffeehouse Competition" at Coffee Fest.
Coffee Fest in Seattle is the largest and most respected conference for coffee in the nation and is attended by the top industry professionals from around the globe. The "America's Best Coffeehouse Competition" is among the most prestigious awards that can be earned. Eight semifinalist coffeehouses within the western region have been selected. The final eight will battle it out live at Coffee Fest for carefully selected judges appointed by Coffee Fest. The competition begins Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 at 12:30pm and continues through Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 4:00pm when a champion will be crowned.
Payton Scott, also known as "Payton Barista," will be one of the judges selected for the competition and was chosen from submissions throughout the nation. Payton has quickly become one of the most recognized and respected baristas in the US. She manages coffee stands for Baristas in four states and has earned "Top Shift" honors more often and in more locations than any other "Baristas" barista. She has also been featured in the recently announced reality docuseries "Baristas" being developed and produced by A. Smith and Co. producers of "Hells Kitchen", "Kitchen Nightmares", and over 75 other top ten shows.
Payton Scott commented, "It is truly an honor to have been selected to judge one of the most coveted competitions at Coffee Fest Seattle, the crown jewel of coffee conferences."
Barry Henthorn, CEO, stated, "We are very proud of the caliber of our baristas and feel that Payton is an excellent choice as a judge. Her dedication to the art of coffee, attention to detail, and uninhibited ability to communicate will insure an entertaining yet serious competition."
About Coffee Fest: Coffee Fest http://www.coffeefest.com/Default.aspx has been celebrating coffee long before coffee was "hot". In 1992, they gathered coffee professionals together in Seattle for their first coffee festival. After several years of hosting thriving events, Coffee Fest turned its focus toward the specialty coffee, gourmet tea and alternative beverage industry and brought retailers, distributors and manufacturers together for its first retail "trade show" in 1998. With a mission to help attendees build and refine their specialty coffee businesses, they coupled a relevant educational program with a friendly, informative, and enjoyable trade show floor creating a successful show that serves as a touchstone for many in the specialty coffee industry. Today Coffee Fest produces three trade shows annually, strategically positioned in New York, Chicago and Seattle. Coffee Fest remains the industry's top-performing show, consistently providing retailers with relevant information to hone their business skills and up their bottom line and manufacturers and service companies the face to face opportunities to build their businesses.
About America's Best Coffeehouse Competition: America's Best Coffeehouse Competition http://www.coffeefest.com/CoffeeHouseCompetition.aspx has been developed to determine and acknowledge the three best coffeehouses regionally in North America. All coffeehouses in the U.S. and Canada, individual units as well as chains may apply to compete. The competition is broken into three regions that will compete once per year. The Coffee Fest Seattle semifinals & finals will serve the western states and western Canada, Coffee Fest Chicago will serve the central states and central Canada, and Coffee Fest New York will serve the eastern states and eastern Canada.
About Baristas Coffee Company (BCCI): Headquartered in the Seattle, Washington area, Baristas Coffee Company, Inc. was formed to create a national brand of drive-thru espresso stands. BCCI is accomplishing this by acquiring established businesses that fit its model, opening new locations, and by franchising. Baristas has separated itself from the competition with its "theme" of joining attractive female baristas in entertaining costumes preparing the finest beverages available on the market. Baristas can currently be found in six greater Seattle area locations as well as in Texas, Florida, Montana, and Arizona. Your state, Coming Soon!
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