The bootcamps will be developed around the guidelines of each championship and will be led by champions and head judges from each competition. All are all-expenses-paid, two-and-a-half day events designed to provide intensive training to members of marginalized communities to prepare for and succeed in the U.S. Coffee Championships, with a mission to increase representation and diversity on the national and international coffee competition stages.
This year’s Glitter Cat Bootcamp Trainees are:
(Barista) Cydni Patterson, Durham, NC; Eli Cecil, Grand Rapids, MI; Eve Wieser, Vermillion, SD; Jake King, Atlanta, GA; Kae Bonaguro, Cincinnati, OH; Marsinah Hopkins, Philadelphia, PA; Nicole Henderson, Washington, DC; Oodie Taliaferro, Austin, TX; Selina Gonzalez, Austin, TX; Zach Thanasilangkul, Denver, CO
(Brewers Cup) Alyssa Bell, Lilburn, GA; Demi Chacón, Tampa, FL; Dre Morales, New York, NY; Kristina Jackson, Boston, MA; Magda Vandusen, Burlington, VT; Nhan Trinh, Omaha, NE; Sirada “Peace” Sakulclanuwat, New York, NY; Sasha Wheeler, New Orleans, LA; Ujae Lee, New York, NY
(Roasters) Alexandra McClean Egan, San Jose, CA; Baylee Engberg, Tacoma, WA; Carlos Sims, Jr., Des Moines, IA; Chi Sum Ngai, New York, NY; Christina Chin, Long Island, NY; Emily Smith, Gaston, OR; Jess Harmon, Ypsilanti, MI; JR Harris, Hollywood, FL; Kebby Vincent, Boston, MA; Kris Carlson, Kansas City, MO
(Coffee in Good Spirits) Christina Lee, Palisades Park, NJ; Cyrenthia Ngueya, Fayetteville, AR; Jalen Kelly, St. Louis, MO; Joanna Lareau, New York, NY; Matt Kumar, New York, NY; Meghan-Annette Reida, Milwaukee, WI; Michelle “Mimo” Tran, New York, NY; Mika Turberville, New York, NY; Mo Koolphanich, Arlington, VA; Robert Rodriguez, Boston, MA
Visit the Glitter Cat Bootcamp website to learn more about the participants and the event.