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Melissa Allison follows the world's biggest coffee-shop chain and other Seattle caffeine purveyors.

June 23, 2010 at 9:55 AM

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World Barista Championship streaming live from London

Posted by Melissa Allison

worldbaristachampionship2010 on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free
The espresso skills of U.S. champion Mike Phillips of Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea and other baristas from around the world will stream live this week as they compete for the world title in London. Check out Sprudge.com's list of blogs covering the event.


A U.S. barista has yet to win the decade-old championship, although Phillips placed third last year, and Heather Perry placed second in 2007.

Seattle hasn't done well lately in U.S. championships, which are being reconfigured so that next year the Northwest region will add baristas from Idaho, Montanta and Wyoming to its current roster from Alaska, Oregon and Washington. The registration fee to compete will also go up an unspecified amount; currently it's $25 to $50.

(If the video isn't working for you here, try this site. Like the U.S. championship stream, it's stop-and-go. Looks like Visions Espresso Service in SoDo is broadcasting it locally.)

Update 6/25/2010: Mike Phillips of Intelligentsia became the first U.S. barista to win the decade-old World Barista Championship.

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