The semi finals are over, and the finalists are announced. In no particular order:
Amber Sather, Intelligentsia Coffee
Matt Riddle (go Matt!), Intelligentsia Coffee
Jon Lewis, Bumper Crop Coffee
Steve Fritzen, Coffee Hound
Ellie Matuszak, Intelligentsia Coffee (Doug predicted 3 in the finals the night before - he was right).
Billy Wilson, The Albina Press
Big day tomorrow. Who's gonna win? Who knows?
I'm sad to see that my man Jay Carragay didn't get to the finals. Nor my sister Jennifer Prince, who I felt was just awesome as a Barista. Or my man (my other man) Ryan Denhardt. Or Phillip Search. Or Gabe Boscana. Or for that matter David George and Andy Cronin. Or sweet Heather Perry. Or Shannon Rice, of PT's Coffee. And it sucks that David George, Mike Strumpf, Ryan Brown and Alex McCracken didn't get through to the finals. And how can I forget Chris Deferio and Lorrie Mahieu and her great red bottles. And Ryan Wilber, the man, the legend... that you didn't get into the finals? I'll never know.
(lol, did I forget any of the semi finalists?).
One last point of clarification. I wish the USBC would stick to schedule... I have it on my documents that the announcement would be 7:00pm to 7:30pm. I got there at 7:05pm, and the announcements were done, finito, complit, ended. Tears and hugs. Judges called up and thanked long before and no Mark to answer the call. Cuz I was busy editing Rob Stephen's interview for the podcast. I didn't snub the announcement. I showed up when it was supposed to take place. :-)
Now enjoy some flickr love.