Want to get your (coffee) buzz on? Then come watch some of the best and brightest in the Rocky Mountain regions baristical scene as they grind, press, steam and pour at the second annual Mountain Regional Barista Competition. Event organizer Michael Strumpf says the competitors will prepare three drinks: cappuccino, espresso and one of their choice. They will be judged on taste, presentation and technical ability, says Strumpf, and the winner will get, among other things, a paid trip to the United States Barista Championship. Organized by the Allegro Coffee Company, the competition features some well-known judges such as Keegan Gerhard, host of the Food Network Challenge Series and owner of Denver's D Bar Desserts.
The barista battle takes place today through Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Adams 12 Five Star School District headquarters, 1500 East 128th Avenue in Thornton. Visit www.allegrocoffee.com for more information.
Jan. 16-18, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 2009