Congrats to Peregrine Espresso Winners of “Best Coffeehouse” (Eastern Regional Competition)

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From a press release:

“This past weekend, a team of three Peregrine Espresso baristas traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, to compete in the annual America’s Best Coffeehouse Eastern Regional Competition as a part of the Coffee Fest tradeshow. After three days of competition against five other teams of baristas from throughout the east coast, Peregrine Espresso’s team won the 1st place trophy, $2000 and a berth at the National Finals competition in 2016. Peregrine’s team was comprised of Allison Bouley, Britt Calder and Joseph Stout and they bested Seeds Coffee Company of Birmingham, AL, and Black Water Loft of Floyd, VA, in Sunday’s finals round.

The America’s Best Coffeehouse competition debuted in Seattle in fall 2012 with a two-year regional cycle leading up to the first America’s Best Coffeehouse National Finals competition in fall 2014. The competition’s founders created it “to evaluate teamwork, hospitality, aptitude, professionalism, presentation and limits.” Each team is given 15 minutes to set up, 30 minutes of service time and 15 minutes to clean up, replicating a short shift at a busy neighborhood coffeehouse. During the service time, the teams serve a standard menu of coffee and espresso drinks to a mixture of customer judges as well as tradeshow attendees.

Peregrine Espresso previously won the America’s Best Coffeehouse Eastern Regional in New York in February 2013 and sent a team to the 2014 National Finals. Peregrine’s team placed fourth at the National Finals in Portland, OR, as Palace Coffee Company of Canyon, Texas, was crowned champion. Baristas from Peregrine Espresso have also placed highly in individual competitions, twice winning SCAA Regional Barista Competitions and twice placing in the top ten at the United States Barista Championship as well as placing highly in Latte Art and Brewer’s Cup competitions.

Owner of Peregrine Espresso, Ryan Jensen, says, “We think it’s a really valuable experience to compete because it allows our staff an opportunity to engage the national coffee community and share new ideas about coffee. It’s doubly rewarding to place well and I’m so proud of our team for their work both this weekend and every day.”

About Peregrine Espresso

At Peregrine Espresso, our mission is to serve the highest quality coffee with excellent service and outstanding education while implementing honest and sustainable business practices. Founded in 2008, Peregrine has three DC locations at 660 Pennsylvania Ave SE on Capitol Hill, 1718 14th St NW in MidCity and 1309 5th St NE inside Union Market.”

9 Comment

  • epric002

    well done and well deserved!

    • +1. Even with all the excellent newcomers, peregrine still makes my favorite coffee in DC

      • I don’t know. I just don’t think Peregrine cuts it anymore. Especially compared to The Coffee Bar and Wydown.

        • Not saying Peregrine is bad, though. Just saying that there is better coffee out there these days.

        • Maybe it just isn’t my preferred style, but the last time I had espresso there, I had to toss it., and I NEVER throw away coffee. My dad could barely stomach it either. Way too bitter, even after a ton of sugar. I’ve also never been a huge fan of their iced or pour over coffee. I get the whole wanting to taste all the different notes or whatever, but it just isn’t enjoyable for me. My favorite in the city, and ever since I frequented them in Philly, is La Colombe. I also ordered amazing coffee from Blue Bottle over Christmas. Maybe it’s because it was just roasted before shipping, but never have I had such interesting but pleasant tasting coffee. I kept expecting a bitter note, but nada.

  • really? La colombe, Wydown, and Compass are way better

  • Peregrine is still good, but I think many DC folks are a little bored with Counter Culture. It’s been nice to see the diversity of coffee that places like Vigilante, Wydown, Compass, and La Colombe are bringing to the city.

  • Peregrine is a really great shop, I wouldn’t say the best in DC, but it has to be considered that not all coffee shops choose to enter competitions or send their staff to competition. It’s pretty expensive to attend industry events like SCAA and Coffee Fest. I’ll agree with other commenters about DC getting tired of Counter Culture. A lot of shops use it and brew it poorly, which can put people off after a while (plus, not everyone likes a vibrantly fruit forward brew, which is CC’s cup of tea).

    The Wydown is a phenomenal shop, they pick great coffees to work with and usually have something for every palette. It’s casual and allows the standard grab and go experience or something more educational if you strike up a conversation with the staff. I really liked what Mockingbird Hill had going on for a while there but they’ve scaled back so much I never make it during their coffee bar hours.

    I was excited for Compass, but unfortunately haven’t had luck finding one of their coffees I like. They’re under extracting their espresso and overcompensating with roast. A lot of people are used to their coffee tasting heavily of roast, thanks to Starbucks preference for french roasting, and the generally low quality coffee weve gotten used to over the last 50 years or so but it doesn’t have to be that way!

    MBH and Slipstream down in Logan Circle are the only shops I know of in DC that usually have an incredibly light roast on their menu and both of them actually know how to do it. Not sure what the fate of MBH at as a coffee shop will be, but Slipstream gets better every time I go back. Totally different experience than your regular coffee shop, and I kind of wish they’d stop trying to be a restaurant too, but if you go for a coffee and sit at the bar, you’ll be blown away by the knowledge of their staff and get a really great cup of coffee.

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