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Sprudge Classics - A Parent's Guide: Big Central Barista Competition

What your son or daughter is doing this weekend is important. He or she is the final link in a remarkable chain of global commerce, one that stretches (no joke) all the way to the soils of Peru, Papua New Guinea, or Kenya. When your child gets up on stage, those 15 minutes embody a truly daunting amalgam of information and skill; they are part of a very real artisan renaissance, and their ability to educate and inform from a pressurized competition platform is extraordinary. Competing in these barista competitions is like earning an MFA and graduating from trade school, all in the same brain space. One must be intensely knowledgeable and unfathomably dexterous at the very same time. Imagine giving a lecture on the Ford Motor Company, while simultaneously rebuilding a Mustang engine, all the while being carefully judged on grease smears and the tightness of your concentric ...

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