Dial-in Series | T. Ben Fischer

 
 

At one of our stops along the the Ramp Up road tour, we sat down with Glitter Cat’s creator T. Ben Fischer and talked about the upcoming Glitter Cat Bootcamps in October and our sponsorship of the Glitter Barista Championship in 2020.

T. Ben Fischer founded Glitter Cat in 2018 with the idea of providing a barista competition training program for the underrepresented or marginalized community. These include, but aren’t limited, to womxn, LGBTQAI+, people with disabilities, and racial/ethnic minorities.

Glitter Cat Bootcamp is underway and Rancilio Specialty is a proud sponsor of the Glitter Barista Championship 2020!

 
We want to be a resource to help change the face of the average barista competitor.
— T. Ben Fischer, Creator of Glitter Cat
 

GLITTER CAT BOOTCAMPS

 

ROASTERS BOOTCAMP

MILL CITY ROASTERS

Minneapolis, MN

October 25-26th, 2019

The 2020 Glitter Cat Roasters instructors are U.S. Roasting Champion 2019 Shelby Williamson, U.S. Cup Taster Champion 2019 and Mother Tongue's Jen Apodaca, Mill City Roasters' Joe Marrocco.

The 2020 Glitter Cat trainees will be selected by the Selection Committee of Ashley Rodriguez, previous Glitter Cat and USBC 2019 competitor Elisabeth Johnson, World certified judge Candice Madison, and Coffee People Zine founder and roaster Kat Melheim.

 

BARISTA BOOTCAMP

DILLANOS COFFEE ROASTERS

Sumner, WA

November 2-4, 2019

The 2020 Glitter Cat Barista instructors are U.S. Barista Champion 2019 Sam Spillman, U.S. Barista Champion 2014 Laila Ghambari, World Barista Champion 2013 Pete Licata, World Class Coach Holly Bastin, U.S. Barista Champion 2015 Lem Butler, and World Certified Head Judge Mike Strumpf.

The 2020 Glitter Cat trainees will be selected by the selection committee: Boss Barista's Ashley Rodriguez, previous Glitter Cat and USBC 2019 Finalist Emily Orendorff, Breezy Sanchez, co-owner of Amethyst Coffee, and Zee, a USBC certified judge. We are looking for a diverse group of people with a wide range of skill sets.

 

BREWERS CUP BOOTCAMP

ABOUT THE COFFEE: WORK BENCH COFFEE LABS

Kansas City MO

November 16-18th, 2019

The 2020 Glitter Cat Brewers Cup instructors are U.S. Brewers Cup 2019 Champion Kaley Gahn, World Class Coach Holly Bastin, Brewers Cup Head Judge Kate Blackman, and U.S. Brewers Cup 2018 Champion Rose Woodard.

The 2020 Glitter Cat trainees will be selected by the selection committee: Boss Barista's Ashley Rodriguez, previous Glitter Cat and USBC 2019 semi-finalist Rodrigo Vargas, World Brewer Cup certified Judge Kendra Sledzinski, and barista competitor and community builder extraordinaire Adam Jacksonbey. 

 

COFFEE IN GOOD SPIRITS BOOTCAMP

KOHI COFFEE

Provincetown, MA

November 23-25th, 2019

The 2020 Glitter Cat CIGS instructors are U.S. CIGS 2019 Champion Matt Foster and U.S. CIGS Head Judge Brandon Paul Weaver.

The 2020 Glitter Cat trainees will be selected by the selection committee: Boss Barista's Ashley Rodriguez, previous Glitter Cat and USBC 2019 semi-finalist Anthony Ragler, US certified Barista Head Judge Kat Adams, and Lead Barista Tech Judge Anita Tam.

 

Glitter Cat Bootcamps (GCB) are all-expenses paid coffee competition training programs focused on providing coaching to members of marginalized communities (LGBTQIA+, womxn, gender non-conforming, racial/ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities) for the United States Coffee Championships to increase representation and diversity on the national and international coffee competition stages. GCB fully sponsors trainees (travel, room, board, training, and materials) and utilizes seasoned and successful leaders in the coffee community to train and inspire new and returning competitors.