Melissa Allison follows the world's biggest coffee-shop chain and other Seattle caffeine purveyors.
World Barista Championship streaming live from London
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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.
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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