Michael Phillips (barista)
Michael Phillips won the U.S. Barista Championship in Portland, Oregon, in March 2009, while working at Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea in New York City. He also won the 2010 United States Barista Championship, becoming the second of three repeat U.S. champions to date (Heather Perry being the first in 2003 & 2007 and Pete Licata being the third in 2011 & 2013), and he went on to become the first US Barista to win the World Barista Championship crown in London, England, in 2010.
At the March 2011 TED conferences (standing for Technology, Entertainment, Design) in California, Phillips was present at Coffee Common, a new organization with what was called "the unapologetically idealistic purpose to create a community with shared values."
In April 2011, Phillips resigned from his position as director of coffee education at Intelligentsia to help found the Handsome Coffee Roasters in Los Angeles, California, with Tyler Wells and Chris Owens.
- Oliver Schwaner-Albright, "Like Mike," New York Times, March 13, 2009
- Championship website
- TED website
- Oliver Strand, New York Times, March 3, 2011
- "Shock: World Barista Champion, Top Staff Resign From Intelligentsia," Sprudge.com, April 11, 2011
- Erin Meister, "5 Small-But-Mighty Coffee Roasters to Seek Out," Drinks SeriousEats.comMay 9, 2011
- Handsome Coffee Roasters website