This year I attended my second Camp Pull-a-Shot.
For those of you who don’t know what it is, it is an event put on by the Barista Guild of America. http://baristaguildofamerica.net/ This event was made to bring Baristas from all over the Us of A, including Korea, New Zealand and Nova Scotia, and immerse them in three days of lectures, examinations and brewing coffee with our industries best and brightest.
Last year when I attended, I was your usually self-confident, absolutely ignorant barista from your local cafe: Portfolio Coffeehouse. During camp I got my ass kicked, inspired and encouraged. I learned a ton! They basically turned me into a monster.
One year later, I’ve got it all figured out. I’ve learned all about manual brewing methods, extraction ratios, can pour wicked latte art and even found myself a new pretty job training cafes at a specialty roaster.
So this year I was ready for the CPAS once again. I was ready to free the monster that they made me into; let it out of it’s cage and have it annihilate everyone!! …. and then I found I was the same barista as the year before: usually self-confident, absolutely ignorant barista. So this year I also got my ass kicked, inspired and encouraged.
This at first was, in all honesty, too humbling. I worked my ass off this last year. I want to be noticed because every beverage I make, I want to change that person’s life. However, I then realized I was in a room full of people that are working as hard as they can to chase this untenable tasty beverage called coffee. They not only want to accomplish the same as me, they showed me how to do it!
In short, the event was an absolutely crazy success for the BGA, my company (true beans coffee roasters), and my career. Thanks BGA for kicking my ass once again.
Special thanks to True Beans for sending me there, Lorenzo Perkins, Scott ‘beesexxy’ Lucey, Keith Mrotek, Jason Dominy, Marcus Boni, Mac Pearce, and Noah from Cafe Imports.
The passion you guys have makes the world tastier.