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Wed, 29 May 2013 08:48:36 CDT

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^Kansas City barista Pete Licata takes world title<
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     KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A man from Kansas City is the world's
best barista.

     Pete Licata, the quality assurance manager at Parisi Artisan
Coffee in Kansas City, won the 2013 World Barista Championship on
Sunday in Melbourne, Australia.

     He competed against champion baristas from more than 50
countries before taking the title. In April, Licata won the U.S.
barista championship during competition in Boston.

     In Australia, each contestant discussed their drinks while
preparing espressos, cappuccinos and an original signature drink.

     Licata's specialty was a non-alcoholic coffee cocktail using
chilled palm sugar triple syrup combined with an espresso shot over
ice and 21/2 droppers of non-alcoholic bitters with orange peel and

     The Kansas City Star reports ( ) Licata
stayed in Australia for a few days and couldn't be reached for


     Information from: The Kansas City Star,


     (Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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