Pullman support inaugural Glitter Cat Barista Bootcamp

Glitter Cat Barista Bootcamp was started to provide access and training to folks who self-identify as
a member of a marginalized community. With only this definition, it seems fairly clear who can apply
and what our goals are, but I was wrong. What about latinx people who look white? Or people with
disabilities that only manifest in certain situations? A member of the LGBTQIA community who is in
a heteronormative relationship? Or folks with financial hardships or lack of access to transportation
or coffee equipment for training? I raise these questions because that is how we learn. GCBB 2018
taught me more about myself, the coffee community, people, and support than I could ever have
known.
The moment the lights came on in the training space on opening day, I was shook from the support
from the coffee community. Elixr Coffee Roasters closed their cafe for three days and allowed us to
install three Nuova Simonelli Black Eagles, six Mahlkönig grinders, and a Marco Beverage Systems
SP9. We then flooded the cafe with Pacific Foods milk alternatives, Acaia scales, Barista Magazines,
Liberty Bar t-shirts, Slow Pour Supply customized pitchers, Urnex cleaning products, Created Co.
mugs, Pullman customized tampers and chisel tools, a vinyl sponsor wall from The Barista League,
Ally Coffee hats, grinders from Baratza, and coffees from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Onyx Coffee
Labs, and Elixr Coffee Roasters, with additional support from Gorilla Gear and private donors. A cafe
turned into a world-class training space, all thanks to these incredible sponsors, especially due to the
financial support of our presenting sponsor, Pacific Foods Barista Series.

Then the glitter started.

At 8am, bright and puffy eyed, the Glitter Cat trainees arrived. I stood behind the Black Eagle
serving them espressos and cappuccinos and watched as trainees met United States and World
Barista Champions: an incredibly inspiring situation to observe. Baristas were, quite literally, meeting
their heroes. It was a room where some were learning, some were teaching, and all were equal. For
the first, and far from only time, my eyes welled with tears. We, as a team, were about to embark on
a three-day journey of intensive learning, and not only about espresso theory and signature
beverage development. We were about to discover personal stories of immigrating to the USA,
financial hardships, displacement from hurricanes, discrimination based on race, gender, and
sexuality, what it means to be a non-white-cis-man in an industry that portrays itself as progressive,
and how we can support and grow amidst adversity. Two main things were created during this camp:
intense relationship bonds and unbeatable skills in competing in a barista competition.
The following pages are only a small excerpt of photos and moments. We hope to showcase the
smiles, energy, creativity, relationships, and anxiety that go hand-in-hand with barista competitions
and this bootcamp. You’ll see photos of World and US barista champions teaching classes on rules,
pulling espresso, and signature beverage R&D and pictures of friendships being created and critical
analysis of theme development. You’ll also see snapshots of the Glitter Barista Championship where
trainees were paired up with local baristas and worked to lead their team to success in crafting and
serving two espressos, cappuccinos, and signature beverages to a panel of two judges, in only 45
minutes. The camp culminated in them finding out they all are going to La Palma y El Tucan, a worldclass
farm in Colombia!
It has been three weeks since the Glitter Cat trainees graduated from the inaugural Glitter Cat Barista
Bootcamp, and let me be clear: keep your eyes on these ten people, because they are about to
change the face of what barista competitors and coffee professionals look like in the United States
and in the World, both on and off the stage.
Thank you for being a partner for the Glitter Cat Barista Bootcamp 2018 season and we look forward
to partnering with you for the 2020 season**!
T. BEN & AXEL CAT

**We made a mistake: while GCBB 2018 was held in 2018 it was training for the 2019 season. In order for us to keep in line
with SCA/WCE competition scheduling, the Bootcamp help in the year 2019 will be for the 2020 season and will be named
GLITTER CAT BARISTA BOOTCAMP 2020.**

The Top #4 Competitors of the World Barista Championship 2017, used Pullman tools.

We're always chuffed when we see Pullman in the hands of baristas across the globe via the Socials. It goes without saying, seeing them used at World Competition level, makes us pretty darn proud. 

 

Not only did the Top #4 Competitors use Pullman, 50% of the Top #30 did too. 

 

The 2017 Champion, Dale Harris of Hasbean Coffee, UK, used the patented Pullman PergTamp (now named NexusPro) which is the first ever, angled side-wall tamper. 

"The decision to use the Pullman PergTamp (NexusPro) was actually one of the few we didn't need to think about too much. After having looked at automated tampers we found that my workflow and speed was much more fluid with a hand tamper and so moved straight to the tamper we use in our training room at the Roastery. We use it there as a perfect pairing with precision baskets, and its tight fit with these aids consistent tamping practice and even extraction”

 #1 Dale Harris, by Black Water Issue

 

In 4th place was our friend Benjamin Put of Monogram Coffee, Canada, who used the BigStep Titanium and 2 Chisels, one set for milk course and the other set for espresso.

"I use Pullman products because they increase extraction, which contributes to better flavour, but the bigger one for me, in the shop and in competition, is that they lower the odds of having a bad shot. A tamper that doesn’t properly fit will lower your extraction percentage, but it is also more likely to channel on the sidewalls of the basket."

#4 Ben Putt, by Black Water Issue

While the weapon of choice was the flagship Pullman BigStep tamper, there was an increasing number of competitors using there-distribution tool, Pullman Chisel this year. 

2nd place was our friend Miki Suzuki of Japan, who used both a Chisel and BigStep tamper, her main focus being “consistency for extraction”. Followed by Kapo Chiu of Hong Kong, who used a Chisel for re-distribution.

#2 Miki Suzuki, by Black Water Issue

#3 Kapo Chiu, by Black Water Issue

From the Pullman team Adelaide, Australia - Thank you for your endless support, we look forward to making tools as the industry requires for many movements to come. 

 

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