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Friday, February 8, 2008

Barista Battle

Posted By on Fri, Feb 8, 2008 at 3:08 PM

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I totally should have posted this yesterday: The event has been underway since this morning. Sigh. Anyway...

The Specialty Coffee Association of America's Midwest Regional Barista Competition is taking place today and tomorrow from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Third Degree Glass Factory. (5200 Delmar Boulevard) Kaldi's has much, much more information on its Web site right here.

As an ex-barista, I'll say this much: Pulling a very good, let alone perfect, shot of espresso is a lot harder than you might think. (I could never do it -- and then Starbucks took away the manual machines.) Much respect to those who can do it at this level.

-Ian Froeb

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