coffee http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Not your average cup of Joe: St. Louis barista heads to national championship http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/not-your-average-cup-joe-st-louis-barista-heads-national-championship <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-966308.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-966308.mp3</a></p><p>St. Louis&#39; Joe Marrocco of <a href="http://www.kaldiscoffee.com/Default.aspx">Kaldi&#39;s Coffee</a> is already a champion barista. &nbsp;As the top scorer in the <a href="http://usbaristachampionship.org/?p=southcentral">South Central </a>regional competition earlier this month, Marrocco&nbsp;heads to the <a href="http://usbaristachampionship.org/?p=main">United States Barista Championships</a> this weekend as a man to beat. &nbsp;Nationals are underway in Houston, where competitors are judged on a <a href="http://usbaristachampionship.org/PDF/2011/2010_2011_usbc_scoresheet-combined.pdf">number of factors</a>, including taste, technical skills, and presentation. &nbsp;We caught up with Marrocco&nbsp;during a recent practice session.</p><p> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 21:56:50 +0000 Libby Franklin 1063 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Not your average cup of Joe: St. Louis barista heads to national championship