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

February 22, 2010 at 4:01 PM

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Seattle baristas raise almost $2,000 for Haiti relief

Posted by Melissa Allison

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That beautiful heart was the winning pour by Andrew Milstead at Saturday evening's barista fundraiser for Haiti. Milstead, who works at the Urban Coffee Lounge in Kirkland, was last year's latte art champion at Coffee Fest Seattle.

This past weekend's event was part of a 10-city effort called Rosettas for Relief that is raising money for REBATI, a nonprofit organized to send counselors and other mental health professionals to help survivors of the earthquakes in Haiti.

Eleven Seattle-area baristas raised and donated almost $2,000 in order to compete at the Coffee Enhancement Lounge in SoDo, according to barista Alex Negranza, who wrote about the event -- and its impressively long list of sponsors -- at WhyNot?Coffee.com.

Money is still coming in, according to Sarah Dooley, one of the event's organizers, who created the CEL and is now an independent coffee consultant.

(Photo courtesy of Andrew Milstead and Sarah Dooley)

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