Human Barista Faces Off Against Robot Coffee-Maker Tomorrow

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An intrepid coffee expert named Nick Cho will go up against the fearsome, single-cup-slinging Alpha Dominche Steampunk 2.1 beginning at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Lamill Coffee Roastery and Workshop in Alhambra, California. Sprudge has all the details and competition parameters, but essentially, both Cho and the human-assisted robot will have 14 minutes to brew five different coffee varieties, and the cups will then be judged by experts, who will crown a winner. Because free beer and BBQ will be served to attendees, we're going to guess that the future of humanity isn't at stake here. But you never know. [Sprudge]