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America's Best Barista To Be Crowned In Seattle This Week

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The best barista in America gets crowned this week in Seattle at a meeting of the Specialty Coffee Association of America taking place at the Convention Center.

Baristas from across America will be timed and judged as they make espressos and cappuccinos while talking about the coffee they're serving.

Seattle baristas have won three time before, but not since 2005. Portland, Ore., has won zero times.

Representing Seattle at the U.S. Barista Championships this year is Laila Ghambari of Cherry Street Coffee House, which has seven cafes around town. She hopes to go to the world championship in June in Rimini, Italy.

In conjunction with the SCAA conference, a feature-length documentary called simply, "A Film About Coffee," premieres Saturday night at Pacific Place in downtown Seattle. It tracks the evolution of a cup of joe by visiting places like Rwanda and Guatemala.

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