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A local guy took his talent for making espresso drinks to a national competition and he was crowned the best-of-the-best.
The competition took place over the weekend in Portland, Oregon.
As the industry's most-watched contest for coffeehouse professionals, the USBC encourages and recognizes achievement in the art and skill of espresso-drink preparation and service.
As the 2009 United States Barista Champion, Phillips receives the highest national honor for a barista, a trophy, $1,000 in cash, and an all-expenses paid trip to Atlanta, Ga., to represent the United States in the World Barista Championship April 16-19, 2009.
With Phillips' victory in Portland, competitors from Intelligentsia Coffee have now won three of the last four United States Barista Competitions. According to the release, Kyle Glanville won the event in 2008, and in 2006 Matt Riddle finished first.
Phillips works as a barista and Retail Director of Coffee at Intelligentsia's Broadway coffee bar, located at 3123 N. Broadway.