I totally should have posted this yesterday: The event has been underway since this morning. Sigh. Anyway...
The Specialty Coffee Association of America's Midwest Regional Barista Competition is taking place today and tomorrow from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Third Degree Glass Factory. (5200 Delmar Boulevard) Kaldi's has much, much more information on its Web site right here.
As an ex-barista, I'll say this much: Pulling a very good, let alone perfect, shot of espresso is a lot harder than you might think. (I could never do it -- and then Starbucks took away the manual machines.) Much respect to those who can do it at this level.