The number of really silly moustaches in Portland increased ten-fold last week as the Specialty Coffee Association of America's annual "Event" and the U.S. Barista Championships came to town.
Chapman performed a 15-minute routine to "Holocene" by Bon Iver, sporting a natty industrial apron, working with a coffee he described as "delicate, smooth, graceful, lovely." After serving the requisite espressos and cappuccinos, Chapman presented the judges with his signature piece: a flight of three drinksâone espresso, one brewed in a Hario V60 and one in a Chemex using Coava's Kone filter. The espresso was served with smoked salt and syrup, while one of the other drinks (it was really difficult to see from the bleachers) was mixed with wildflower honey.
The performance was enthusiastically received by a sizeable home town crowd, dressed in Timbers and Blazers garb, blowing vuvuzelas, chanting Chapman's name and cheering, "What a professional!"