Last week’s Willamette Week (Portland, OR) published an article announcing the Northwest Regional Barista Competition that took place this past weekend: Willamette Week Online | Culture | CULTURE FEATURE | Iron Baristas | Wednesday October 18th, 2006. The event was won by Billy Wilson of the Albina Press in north Portland.

The writer, Karla Starr, has an amusing writing style. But, of course, I’ll have to take issue with her comedic claim that robots making espresso in the future will be more error-prone. (I can’t leave comedy well enough alone, can I??) I only wish that were the case — then espresso might have the chance of being interesting. In reality, the increasing automation will essentially make espresso more error-free: consistently adequate-yet-uninspired.