Get yo grind on!

Good afternoon y’all! We are so happy to announce that we have our third and final Title sponsor for the 2013 season. You know them well…Baratza! Baratza has been an influential part of the Barista community since 1999. You can see how committed they are just by how many events they are a part of, from the smallest throwdown to large events like the World Aeropress Championship. We couldn’t be happier for them to partner with us to make #TNTNW even better!

Here is what they have committed to providing:

Thanks again to Baratza for all that you do for our industry.



Our newest Title Sponsor!

Happy Monday! Today we have a new title sponsor for the rest of the #TNTNW season. Craft Coffee has signed up to donate a three month subscription to one of the winners of each event through the year.

This is pretty amazing. If you’re not familiar with Craft Coffee let me get you up to speed. At Craft HQ Michael and an expert team of tasters goes through cupping after cupping of coffee after coffee from all around the country and Canada! We’re going on our second year with Craft Coffee at Espresso parts and it’s been amazing.  Make sure to head to to see their subscription options!

Big thanks to Craft Coffee for supporting the #TNTNW series! The coffee community is amazing!

Craft Coffee

What we’re up to.

Happy Wednesday! In our continued effort to provide more for the Throwdown community we will be posting more content. We won’t just be posting about #TNTNW but we’ll also bring in other TNT communities as well. We’ll interview TNT organizers, write-up guides on how to run your own TNT, and more. Make sure to stay tuned. As always if you have any questions feel free to e-mail

Ohh and before we forget!!!! Make sure to head over to the Barista Magazine blog for the Humpday Giveaway!



Title Sponsors!

Hello everyone! We have some really great news for you. As part of our continued dedication to the #TNTNW series we have started to get Title sponsors! What does that mean? Well, it means more awesome prizes and coverage for our events.

The first Title sponsor will be Barista Magazine! You know how rad they are I’m sure! If you don’t, get out from under that rock and check out the amazingness that is BMag. This sponsorship is for the rest of the season!!! THAT’S 8 MORE EVENTS!!! This is huge for our community!

Barista Magazine has signed on to provide:

• Box of mags for each event
• 20 tote bags for each event
• One-year subscription for winner of each event
• Preview article on our blog about each
• Post TNT report on each

We are so glad to have Barista Magazine involved with this series. BMag has always been there for Baristas all around the world. The next time you see Sarah or Ken give them a big hug and tell them how much you appreciate them!


If you are interested in being a Title sponsor please contact we still have two spots available.

May TNT: Baked & Wired

@tntwdc just posted that they will be having their next event at Baked & Wired in DC. If you are in the area make sure to show up and throw down!

DMV Coffee

Mark your calendars, boys and girls, because we’re heading to Baked & Wired on May 9 for the next installment of Thursday Night Throwdown! Fresh off DC’s epic victory over Chicago in the April TNT, we’re ready to showcase the District’s best once again in a battle for barista supremacy.

This month’s TNT will feature a DJ, crazy good baked treats, the extraordinary Miles Deniro Drag Queen Emcee, a few tricks and surprises, and all the wonderfulness you’d expect from the Baked & Wired crew.

And BIG THANKS to the May TNT sponsors: MadCap Coffee, Trickling Springs Creamery, Crystal Press, 9:30 Club, Howard Theatre and District Bean.

Sign up begins promptly at 8:30 p.m., and the pouring starts at 9 p.m. There’s a $5 buy-in to pour. This event is BYOB.

Baked & Wired (Georgetown)
1052 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

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#TNTNW at Visions Espresso

Hello Northwest Coffee Community my name is Cole McBride many of you know me from shops I’ve worked in or events I’ve been a part of and if we have not met please feel free to introduce yourself. My good friend Panda from Espresso Parts asked me to write a post about the past #TNTNW that was hosted by the company I work for Visions Espresso. To start off I would like to say how happy I am with the current state of our community in the Great Northwest! So many great people are so involved and so many awesome companies are stepping up to make this one of the best regions to be a part of in the world. It is my belief that much of the ground work for our current community was laid by the Barista Guild of America which was born right here in Seattle. If you don’t know about the Barista Guild of America or you just want to learn more about it please feel free to contact me anytime I’m on twitter at @colecoffee or e-mail me or come see me at my work anytime! I look forward to helping the BGA become a bigger part of the #TNTNW and the Northwest Coffee Community in general.

So WOW this last #TNTNW was amazing! I think it should be noted how much goes into having a really great event. Many people from different companies come together for the Barista community to show you how much we care about you! Without you there is no great coffee. So to start off the thank you’s lets start with the long time supporter Baratza who gave away a Vario grinder at this last #TNTNW and has been giving away prizes to the Barista community all over the country for quite some time now. We also have a new company Slate Coffee who supported this event with the coffee used in the throwdown and also brought some amazing food for everyone to eat. I know everyone is excited to have a new coffee company that is super active in the Barista community right here in Seattle. I know we will be seeing a lot of awesome stuff coming out of this new company and that’s super exciting! Espresso Parts and Panda are a big part of every #TNTNW and a huge thank you to them is always deserved! Always willing to provide prizes and as much or as little support as the host needs to pull off the event. Last but not least is Visions Espresso the host of this #TNTNW. At this event we gave away an amazing Pasquini Livia 90 semi automatic espresso machine! This is the second espresso machine that Visions Espresso has given away at a #TNTNW. Another great item we gave out to all three finalist was our new LUXE COAT powdered coated steaming pitchers which have been a big hit in the competition circuit. Also never forget the beer! Visions Espresso bought a very tasty keg of beer that I know you all enjoyed!

This #TNTNW was a big hit with somewhere between 75-95 people in attendance and 32 Baristas competing some for the very first time. This was a very tough throwdown as it was done in the Visions Espressos new line of 4oz macchiato cups. In the first round every competitor poured a heart and this turned out to be the most difficult round. I was live tweeting the entire nights pours via the Visions Espresso twitter account @visionsespresso if you would like to see all of the pours. Next we had the 16 competitors moving on pour Rosettas and this round turned out the best pours! I was judging along with Christos Andrews of Tougo Coffee and Heather Halle of Vashon Coffee Company and we all thought this round produced the toughest decisions of the night. The next round was of course tulips. The tulip round was a lot of fun and by this time we many folks were hanging out playing the Wii out front or enjoying some tasty beer. For the final 4 we let the final competitors pour whatever they like. In 4th place we had the roaster from Caffe Ladro Dismas Smith in 3rd place from La Marzocco we had Ryan Wilbur in 2nd Crooked Arrow from Makeda Coffee and the amazing talented Director of Education of Caffe Ladro Laila Ghambari won all the money and top prizes for the night with one of the best rosettas I’ve ever seen in a Macchiato cup! This was by far the most difficult throwdown I’ve ever seen go down and a big congrats to everyone that showed up and put there game face on. These events are all about us becoming closer as a community and becoming better Baristas all the while. I can say enough how much I care about all of you and I really hope you all continue to stay involved and push the envelope.

#TNTNW at Visions Espresso

#TNTNW at Visions Espresso


Hello everyone. We’ve had two great events this year thanks to La Marzocco USA and Cafe Cesura. La Marzocco rolled out the red carpet and treated everyone to some tasty beverages and some amazing swag. Baristas had the choice of throwing down in the latte art comp or participating in a triangulation cupping or BOTH. Ohh yeah Sprudge DJ’d too…NBD. #TNTNW @ La Marzocco USA The event at Cafe Cesura was the first educational #TNTNW event so far. That’s right! There was no latte art thrown down but some serious knowledge instead. We had the top brewers in our region grace us with their presence. Brewers Cup Champ Brandon Paul Weaver and second place winner Ben Jones showed us what it takes to brew great coffee. They also answered questions form the crowd. It was a really great time and Cafe Cesura even fed everyone pizza!

#TNTNW @ Cafe Cesura.

#TNTNW @ Cafe Cesura.

We’ve been having such a great time getting the community together for these events. If you’ve ever hosted THANK YOU! #TNTNW wouldn’t work without all of the amazing cafes that have been involved. If you would like to host please check the schedule below. We look forward to many more years of #TNTNW. Thank you!!!

#TNTNW @ Neptune 9/20/2012

Our annual #TNTNW at Neptune Coffee is one of our favorite events of the year. It’s also the kickoff to Coffee Fest Seattle. Baristas from all around the world throwdown for glory, some scrilla, and most importantly get together and be awesome!

We wanted to make this year pretty special so we decided to run a raffle to raise money for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Through the contributions from our sponsors: Velton’s Coffee roasting Co. (coffee), Espresso Parts (pitcher rinser), Hiroshi Sawada (new book), Unic Espresso Machines (home espresso machine), and Rip Van Wafels we were able to raise $600!!!!

The scene at Neptune was pretty chill. The keg was tapped, Jordan from Sprudge was in the house spinning records for everyone to dance to and ever so slowly we were filling up. With all the spots filled and beer in our guts we decided it was time to start. FANBOY ALERT: So, we were pretty stoked to have not one but three of our favorite people in coffee judge for us. Sarah Allen…Barista Magazine DUH! Hiroshi Sawada…Streamer Coffee & latte artist extraordinaire, and Pete Licata…US Barista Champ much? All donated their time to make the event happen.

There was a lot of beer drinking, shop talk, dancing, shouting and all around tomfoolery. Competition was pretty stiff! In the end we had three radical Baristas take the top spots!

  1. Christopher Nicely Abel Alameda
  2. Kazunori Matsubara
  3. Cole McBride

Big props to everyone that showed up. We started doing these events last year to get more involved in the community and it’s grown so much! It’s so nice to see all of you at the #TNTNW!!!!!!!!!!!

Coffee Fest fun time.

We are getting really excited for the upcoming events we have planned for Coffee Fest. Our second annual unofficial kickoff #TNTNW at Neptune Coffee will be on Sept. 20th. Be ready to throw down some serious latte art. Mr. Hiroshi Sawada will be in attendance with copies of his brand new book. There will be great prizes from our awesome sponsors and a raffle! All of the money that we collect for the raffle will be donated to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Espresso Parts has committed to matching the winning pot to be donated too!

Friday the 21st we are partnering with Trabant Coffee to throw a party. There’s gonna be a DJ, beer and lots of fun to be had. MORE DETAILS TO COME!!!!!!!!!


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Neptune Coffee

You can donate to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.