For some, coffee isn't merely something to grab in the morning to keep you awake until lunch, but a magical elixir, a wondrous alchemy of roasted beans and boiling water. If your reverence is high for this form of black gold, expect to find kindred spirits at Saturday's Columbus Barista Jam. The event, hosted by Kickstart coffee house, invites coffee professionals and experienced amateurs to discuss the ins and outs of the perfect cup, from bean selection to tamping techniques. It peaks mid-afternoon with a competition to see who can whip up the best designs in latte foam. -Melissa Starker