There's getting your venti Pike's Place served to you by a snarling 20-something with a chip on her shoulder as big as her graduate degree thesis, then there's a nice cuppa by master baristo Giorgio Milos. The legendary Italian stallion of espresso will be showcasing the art of authentic Italian espresso, courtesy of Illy Caffe and the Mandarin Oriental Coffee Bar in San Francisco, from 9 to 11 a.m., Monday, April 11.

Milos was awarded master barista status (yes, there is such a thing) by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe and placed among the world's top craftspeople in the World Barista Championships. He serves on the faculty of the Universita del Caffe, Illy's coffee-centric facility at its headquarters in Trieste, Italy.

Well-versed in the agronomy and chemistry involved with cultivating the coffee, Milos will share his insights and demonstrate proper technique and preparation of espresso-based beverages in the two-hour symposium.

The Mandarin Oriental is located at 222 Sansome St, San Francisco.

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