This year has been a disorienting one for NERBC competitors. First, with relatively little notice, the SCAA announced the 2013 NorthEast Regional Barista Competition would be held nearly four months earlier in the competition cycle than last year – early enough to put it in 2012. Just tonight, the SCAA announced that stupid hurricane super-storm Sandy would be delaying this weekend’s NERBC in Atlantic City “until a later date in the 2012/13 cycle.” Sprudge has all the info as per usual.
For some, this is a relief – for others, a nuisance. One thing we can be certain of is that this delay will up the level of competition at NERBC this year. All of the barista competitors who were finalizing their routines at the last minute now have some indefinite amount of time to get ready, rehearse, and figure out the best way to strain those suspended solids out of their wacky sig bevs.
Several of us were attending a runthru of Daria Whalen’s when we heard the news. It was awesome to see all of her work coming together, and I couldn’t help but think of all the Northeast barista competitors who had just recently finalized their speeches and drink recipes and station management. Now I can only think of how prepared those baristas will be in a few weeks (or months) when the competition can be rescheduled.
Let’s see whatchoo got Northeast.