Chicago Local Wins Barista Champ!

Chicago local Mike Phillips of Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea (3123 N Broadway) won the title of the 2009 US Barista Champion.

Phillips. Image borrowed from USBC website.

Phillips. Image borrowed from USBC website.

2nd through 6th place honors went to baristas from: Intelligentsia – LA (2nd), Alterra – Milwaukee WI (3rd), Intelligentsia – LA (4th), Intelligentsia – LA (5th), and finally Kaldi’s Coffee – St Louis MO (6th).

Trend? Looks like Intelligentsia has their shit together. I can attest that Alterra also has insanely good coffee and great fun stores.

More info on the championship here.

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