Today’s San Francisco Chronicle gives some pre-USBC competition pep rally props to local baristas Ryan Brown and Gabe Boscana of Ritual Roasters: SAN FRANCISCO / Pouring in the rain, they are the hot shop / Regional finalists in barista contest head to national championships for $1,000 prize

The pair are heading out to Charlotte, NC today to compete for the national barista championship title after qualifying in the recent Western Regional Barista Championships. Best of luck to our hometown heroes, who also include Eton Tsuno of Café Organica.