When Lem Butler puts his kids to sleep, while the rest of the world is tucking in for the night, he’s just getting started. For four late-night hours, he hones his craft. He’s a wholesale customer support representative and barista trainer at Counter Culture headquarters in Durham, North Carolina who he dedicates 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. to training for barista competitions. And it’s working. Butler has won the Southeast Regional Barista Championships five times in the last seven years, and is now one of the most decorated competitive baristas in U.S. history. Earlier this month, he took home the first place trophy at the 2016 United States Barista Championship.
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