Carolina Garay wins 2018 National Aeropress Championship in Los Angeles
It's been a few weeks now, but we're still basking in the fun that was the USA Aeropress Champs! There, Carolina Ibarra Garay, an LA local, took top honors and the opportunity to represent the United States in Sydney, Australia!
Carolina has competed in an Aeropress competition before; Coffee Commissary hosted the LA regional earlier this summer. As she'd told us, Carolina didn't place at that event, so she was hesitant to enter the national competition. However, she ended up purchasing the last available competitor ticket-and it paid off!
It was an exciting evening and we hosted regional winners from all over the US. Second and third place were occupied by out-of-state competitors. Second: Kathie Hilberg, winner of the Minneapolis regional. In third: Karl Gunselman who took top honors at the Denver regional.
We hosted the National Aeropress Champs only weeks after relaunching this company under the new Tectonic Coffee brand. In that time, Tectonic has been catapulted into the world spotlight with honors from Golden Bean North America announced only days before the Aeropress event.
It's been an exciting few months for our team and this event has felt like it capped off months of effort with a moment of joy.
If you haven't heard, one of the main outcomes of our rebrand was our renewed focus on joy. It's our primary core value and to see Carolina's celebration with every round and to see each competitor spurring the other on...it just solidified in our minds that joy is why we got into coffee in the first place.