This weekend is the Northwest Regional Barista Competition at Wonder Ballroom. Coffee Geeks from all over the Northwest will be there competing for the overall championship. As part of the competition, each barista has to come up with a signature coffee drink. Billy Wilson of Albina Press is taking the signature drink to new heights with the use of molecular gastronomy, which we covered here a few weeks ago. For his specialty drink, he’ll be using “sodium alginate, a jellylike thickener, to forge his tear-drop-sized beads, which he fills with espresso” using a syringe. “Melting quickly on the tongue, the small droplets magically yield full-bodied coffee flavor”.
Wow. This is one coffee drink I’d love to taste.