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Mike Phillips is the World’s Top Barista

Mike Phillips with his game face.
Mike Phillips with his game face. Photo: courtesy World Barista Championship

Intelligentsia’s Mike Phillips whipped up four espressos, four cappuccinos and four “signature drinks,” to win the 2010 World Barista Championship in London. Performing to “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra, he ground three different coffees from a single co-operative farm in Costa Rica for his signature drink. Phillips won the national U.S. Barista Championship back in April, and had won the same competition the year before. Congratulations from all us Chicago coffee addicts! [Dining Journal/NYT via Gapers Block]

Mike Phillips is the World’s Top Barista