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Laila Ghambari, Winner of the 2014 United States Barista Championship!

Balatarin

Living in downtown Seattle, arguably the coffee capital of the world, I often prefer working out of a cozy shop than going to the office. One of my favorite places to camp out for the day is Cherry Street Coffee on 5th Avenue, located in the heart of Belltown. Coincidentally, Cherry Street and its 9 cafes are Iranian owned! The hints of Iranian ownership in their cafes are subtle; like the Persian calligraphy found on the coffee mugs. 

 

Last week, while walking by my local Cherry Street, I noticed a hard to miss window banner that read, “Good Luck Laila at the World Barista Championship”.  Curious, I Googled “Barista Championship” and lo and behold, it turns out that the 2014 United States Barista World Champion is Cherry Street’s own Laila Ghambari! Making the win even sweeter is that Laila is the daughter of Iranian-born Ali Ghambari, the proud owner of Cherry Street Coffee House.

 

Congrats Laila, Ali Ghambari and the Cherry Street family! 

 

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More information can be found at the following sources:

- Seattle Times

- Sprudge

 

 

[photo credit: sprudge]

 

 

Balatarin

Saïd Amin @SaidAmin

Saïd Amin is a tech entrepreneur born in Tehran, Iran. He is the Founder of World Singles Networks (ArabLounge, IranianPersonals, etc.), a leading provider of niche online dating services and the owner of Iranian.com.

Seattle, WA

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Persa

Persa

what a great idea to print Persian calligraphy on their mugs. I hope they start other stores in near future...

M.SaadatNoury

M. Saadat Noury 1. Life Story and Photo: http://othervoicespoetry.org/vol29/noury/bio.html == 2. Poetry Anthology: http://saadatnoury.blogspot.ca/ =================== 3. Selected Articles: http://msnselectedarticles.blogspot.ca/


لیلا قنبری؛ نماینده دو کشور در مسابقات جهانی باریستا

http://www.coffeepress.ir/fa/article/110

sedaye_man

sedaye_man "Civilizations flourish the most where the masses are passionate about their liberties." - Gary Gross

I have been there many times, I live in Bellevue and when I go to downtown Seattle, I will always stop by and enjoy their service and their coffee . Well done Laila.

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy I Love Waterfalls and Find One of the most humorous things in the world; is the notion that Americans are a greater force for good & more civilized than Nazi's, Mullahs and Communists.

Awesome we have a Coffee Queen with Persian Pride, I want to go there.

yolanda

yolanda

Laila won the competition!
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SaidAmin

Saïd Amin Saïd Amin is a tech entrepreneur born in Tehran, Iran. He is the Founder of World Singles Networks (ArabLounge, IranianPersonals, etc.), a leading provider of niche online dating services and the owner of Iranian.com.

Awesome indeed! As @newsjunkie4  said, thank you Yolanda for sharing this -- Laila is so impressive; way to go!

newsjunkie4

newsjunkie news,news,news

Thank you. This is awesome!

BehrouzBahmani

Behrouz Bahmani Doves may Cry, but Chickens Bleed.

I think I am prouder than if Iran won a game at the world cup.

MM2805

MM

My first impression was: what the heck is Barista? After googling it, the reason was clear; I was always too cheap to pay $4/cup for a latte and adding the artistic cream expressions on top of it will definitely not reduce the cost.
Nonetheless - nice work. Freddie would say:
she is the champion - old coffee on the losers!

AriSiletz

Ari Siletz Ari Siletz is the author of the Mullah With No Legs and Other Stories. His works have been anthologized in several collections. His latest short story appears in Tremors: New Fiction By Iranian American Writers (University of Arkansas Press 2013).

Congrats, Laila!!

Bavafa

Bavafa   'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory  Mehrdad

Congrats and more power to her.

I should try a cup

Mehrdad