How America’s best barista makes a perfect cup of coffee


Durham, North Carolina( CNN) For Lem Butler, a beaker of coffee isn’t only a beaker of coffee.

The winner of the 2016 US barista championship, Butler has retraced his favorite beverage back to its descents: From the farmers who grow and harvest the coffee to the company that roasts them to the coffee baristas he trains to prepare the coffee at their cafes for the people who booze it.

“It’s a simple recipe of coffee and water, but it’s a recipe that can be done well, ” mentions Butler. “But most often, it’s a recipe that can be done very badly.”