The owner of Vigilante Coffee was named one of the top roasters at the U.S. Coffee Championships.
At the April 21-23 event in Seattle, Chris Vigilante placed fifth in the U.S. Roaster Championship, with a total score of 240.63, alongside roasters from Arkansas, Minnesota, Texas and California.
Started in 2002, the Coffee Championships include separate contests for baristas to be tested on their ability to distinguish flavors, blends and accent notes in different cups of coffee and baristas and brewers to prepare, brew and serve specialty coffee drinks to a team of judges, according to a KING 5 account.
The winning baristas and brewers then head on to world championships.
Since opening in a former Model T showroom in downtown Hyattsville in 2014, Vigilante has quickly gained attention as a premier coffee spot in the D.C. area. A second Vigilante coffee shop is planned for College Park.