After three years of placing second in the U.S. Barista Championship, Babinski heard his name called for No. 1. “It’s a good feeling," he said. "I got so close so many times. When they called my name it was definitely a relief.”
“I was shocked and so happy. It is still sinking in that I won the national competition. It is kind of hard to comprehend.”
The double L.A. win has added pride for the local coffee community. "It is pretty cool. It is almost like California is going to the world competition," says Anderson. "It shows how dedicated the coffee professionals in Los Angeles are."