Heather Perry from Coffee Klatch Roasting of San Dimas, California, has won the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s 2007 United States Barista Championship.

The United States Barista Championship is an annual coffee competition where 50 of the best baristas from around the country are judged on their technical coffee-making ability, presentation style and the taste of the espresso, cappuccinos and original “signature” specialty beverages they create.

“There was a lot of tough competition at this year’s event,” says Perry. “After months of long nights and weekend practice sessions making espresso at Coffee Klatch, I’m really excited to see that my coffee creations are receiving national recognition.”

As winner of the 2007 national competition, Ms. Perry advances to represent the United States against competitors from 39 countries at the World Barista Championship in Tokyo, Japan this July 31st through August 2nd.

“In addition to her impressive barista skills, I was struck by the obvious passion she demonstrated for her craft,” comments SCAA spokesperson Rick Havacko.

Ms. Perry was formerly the United States Barista Champion in 2003 and is presently Ultimate Barista USA for the Ultimate Barista Challenge international league.