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PT’s is very proud and happy to announce that Pete Licata won the SCAA Midwest Regional Barista Competition! Pete dazzled them like the pro that he is and had 2 fabulous run throughs over the weekend. This is Pete’s second time winning this title, the first time being in 2005. He will have an automatic slot in the semifinal round of the United States competition this may in Minneapolis, MN. You can watch some video footage of his performance here. Robin Seitz from our Barrington Village location managed to garner the third place trophy with his smooth presentation. Both will go on to the national level.We would also like to congratulate Alex McCracken for his stellar 2nd place finish. He is one of the most solid competitive baristas that we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Clint Newlan, Caitlin Corcoran, and Michael Marquand did an incredible job as well. It was the best Midwest yet. Kaldi’s did a fabulous job as our host this year and their chosen venue, the Third Degree Glass Factory was a very unique and spacious place for it to be held. The trophies are beautiful. All in all it was a great weekend and we are tired…but very very happy!

the trophies