The Western Regional Barista Championship was held this past weekend at Siren Studio in Hollywood. MCing the event were Heather Perry, of Klatch Coffee in San Dimas, two-time United States Barista Champion and current Chair of the SCAA Barista Guild of America Council, and Kyle Glanville, the 2008 USBC champion. After much whirring of espresso machines and tallying of points, Pete Licata of Honolulu Coffee Company was declared the winner. Second place went to Ryan Willbur of Intelligentsia, and third to Chris Baca of Verve Coffee Roasters. With the Olympics concluding in a remarkable display of NHL hockey talent, it was quite the day for competitions. Licata will go on to compete in the United States Barista Championship in Anaheim this April. Ladies and gentlemen, start your La Marzoccos.
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