Starbucks at U.S. Regional Barista Competitions….

October 29, 2007

Ashlind McAshan has passion… and can talk. I just had to write a brief post commenting on our conversation.

On June 22 of this year a thread was started on www.coffeed.com tittled “Starbucks throws down in Texas”, mostly speculating on all sorts of things regarding an SBUX employee who was to compete at a southcentral regional barista competition. By the way congradulations Patrick, Clancy and Jason.

I got a random call a few weeks ago from a girl who left a voice mail saying “thanks for sticking up for me online”. I wasn’t able to connect the dots until a future phone conversation. She figured there might be some controversy on behalf of her employer, but NOT from the industry. She discovered this to be the case two months after the fact while surfing around on line.

She has since made it to the south eastern regional barista competition.

Click here for pictures of south east competition

Click here for pictures of south central.
Look for the green apron.

I think SBUX is a wonderfull company, but I don’t blame them at all for not getting involved in barista competitions or sponsoring. However I am always impressed when someone takes initiative independantly as Ashlind has. Not having access to a manual machine she had no way to practice. As noted in parenthesis in the pics above she was competing out of region… or “auditing” as I understand it. Ashlind has travelled from Texas to Florida and back on her own dime NOT TO PLACE, BUT TO LEARN.

Congradulations on your efforts Ashlind. Press on!

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