America’s Next Top Barista

It was the 19th annual U.S. Coffee Championships, and competitors in the barista division had just 15 minutes to prove their coffee-making prowess.

In that time, each contestant pulled an espresso, made a milk-based beverage and delivered a signature drink (judged for creativity and taste).

Many added a dose of pageantry or politics to their performances.Michelle R. Johnson, 28, of Los Angeles, was the first black woman in U.S. Coffee Championships history to make it to nationals.“For the better part of my nine years in coffee, I felt like I had to fit into someone else’s idea of what a coffee […]