Barista Competition Perks Up Locals 3.18.13 9.45a AF
The 11th annual South-West regional barista competition was held in Santa Cruz this past week, with contestants from all over California. Entrants tried to impress the judges with their coffee preparing abilities and their own style. Finalist competed on Sunday, preparing four espressos, four cappuccinos, and four specialty drinks in 15 minutes. Los Angeles barista Eden-Marie Abramowicz of Intelligentsia Coffee took first prize. The top three finalists will go on to the national championships held in Boston in April.