While visiting Cartel Coffee Lab’s downtown location this morning, Jason Silberschlag mentioned to me that the USBC has redrawn the regional map used for competitions. Now, instead of the “southwest” being defined as Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico it expands to include Hawaii, California, Utah, and Colorado! This is great news, but also means those who choose to compete will have intense competition! If you’re interested, the announcement PDF is available here. Oh, and the 2010 World Barista Champion is Michael Phillips.