If you're not a barista, you may be thinking to yourself, "Wait, wait. There's a barista competition??" And yes. The answer is, yes. In fact, there is a veritable Olympics for baristas. A thoroughly timed, meticulously judged, surprisingly well-attended contest, with pages upon pages of rules and scoring details, for which individuals train months at a time to jump through regional and national hoops in hopes of reaching the World Barista Championship stage (this year: in Bogota, Colombia). A stage on which that kid making your morning coffee may achieve a type of stardom normally associated only with athletes in our society.
Read the article at Seattle Weekly - The 2011 Northwest Regional Barista Competition: A Reason to Spend a Weekend in Tacoma.