BIG WESTERN Photo Recap | DAY 1.
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Excitement was in the air today at Lot 613 in Downtown LA. Competitors, brewers, baristas, judges, industry professionals and coffee aficionados gathered together to watch and participate in the Big Western Regional Barista Competition. Here are a few photos highlights of the day:

Cappuccino from  Verve Coffee Roasters  of Santa Cruz

Cappuccino from Verve Coffee Roasters of Santa Cruz

Brewers Cup Judges in deliberation

Brewers Cup Judges in deliberation

The Competion Floor

The Competion Floor

Pour Overs.

Pour Overs.

Arman shows the Amphora - a drip coffee prototype by Xtrct

Arman shows the Amphora - a drip coffee prototype by Xtrct

David of  Cafe Demitasse,  Los Angeles

David of Cafe Demitasse, Los Angeles

Peter of  Bar Nine Collective , Culver City, Ca

Peter of Bar Nine Collective, Culver City, Ca

Sharing  Melody Coffee  of Sebastopol, Ca

Sharing Melody Coffee of Sebastopol, Ca

Thrive Farmers Coffee  sharing their green

Thrive Farmers Coffee sharing their green

Lift Coffee Roasters  of Riverside, Ca 

Lift Coffee Roasters of Riverside, Ca 

Adam and Antone of the  LA Coffee Club

Adam and Antone of the LA Coffee Club

Cole of  Visions Espresso  getting ready to compete

Cole of Visions Espresso getting ready to compete

Stacy from  Cafe Javasti  of Seattle

Stacy from Cafe Javasti of Seattle

Folks from the  Barista Guild  handing out prizes

Folks from the Barista Guild handing out prizes

Zachary taking photos for  Sprudge

Zachary taking photos for Sprudge

Latte art by champion Jennifer Chun of  Coffee Code

Latte art by champion Jennifer Chun of Coffee Code

Selina representing  Blue Bottle Coffee  of San Francisco

Selina representing Blue Bottle Coffee of San Francisco

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Todd Goldsworthy of  Klatch Coffee  judging 

Todd Goldsworthy of Klatch Coffee judging 

Parliament Chocolate  of Redlands, Ca

Parliament Chocolate of Redlands, Ca

Frank of  Copa Vida , Pasadena, preparing his signature beverage for the judges. 

Frank of Copa Vida, Pasadena, preparing his signature beverage for the judges.