In Seattle this week, baristas will compete in the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s 2005 U.S. Barista Championship (USBC). Alas, the Patent Baristas will not being attending, given that they just enjoy drinking coffee — not making it. The Barista Championship will feature fifty-five of the most skilled baristas from around the country creating some of the world’s finest coffee concoctions.


Competitors will prepare and serve 12 coffee drinks – four espressos, four cappuccinos and four original signature drinks of their own creation – all within a 15-minute timeframe. Judges will focus on station cleanliness, taste, beverage presentation, technical skills and total impression.

While we don’t know beans about running an espresso machine, we’d like to show support of some of our favorite people on earth. Send us a photo of yourself at the competition and we’ll post it here!

The Finals and Award Ceremony will be Sunday, March 13. More info here.

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