#TNTNW at Madrona Coffee Roasters!

Madrona CoffeeWe had a ton of fun last week at Madrona Coffee in Tacoma. Our title sponsor Barista Magazine let me post about the event on their blog! Make sure to check it out here.

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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 craftcoffee.com to see their subscription options!

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

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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 panda@espressoparts.com

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

FUN TIMES!

FUN TIMES!

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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!

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If you are interested in being a Title sponsor please contact panda@espressoparts.com 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!

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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 UPDATE!

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!!!

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!!!!!!!!!

SPONSORS

Barista Magazine
Offero
Google
Neptune Coffee

You can donate to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

#TNTNW at Batdorf & Bronson

It had been four years since Batdorf & Bronson hosted a #TNTNW.  The last time Batdorf & Bronson hosted, I worked in a cafe in Moscow and drove over from Idaho with my wife Lenore, carpooling with Jennifer (one of the baristas at the cafe I managed, who is now at Trabant) and partner Brian. It was there I met Mike Cannon, Matt Crisophe, Michael “Panda” Fernandez, and a TON of other great baristas who threw down on the La Marzocco Linea at the end of the bar.  Last Thursday, Batdorf & Bronson opened their doors to host the event again.

The crowd held many of the same people from that #TNTNW four years ago, but drew even more new people.  There were baristas from Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Olympia and surrounding areas in the coffeehouse ready to do battle. There was a lot of great energy and playful trash talk, but even more prevalent was the camaraderie and sense of community. I asked around at Batdorf for judges and got Jenya Campbell, Dan Graham and Marcus Young to help out.  Marcus came up from Portland with a keg of Migration Brewing’s “Cluster Fuggle” and brought Rusty Angell from BunnTrifecta who set up the home on the bar.  We got Rusty to brew some coffees up for anyone who wanted one, and got the keg primed. There were about 20 people ready to put their skills to the test for a chance to win the buy-in and take home some sweet swag.

The format was single elimination brackets, with no rules on pours. The judge’s table was set up, and competitors chose to either pour in front of the table or walk their cup carefully over after finishing. Arturo a Barista from B&B dosed and pulled shots for each barista, which helped move the rounds along and kept the shots consistent.

 

  Throughout the competitor’s pours, the conversations ranged from espresso-as-culinary-art to BGA members volunteering at rest stops, to latte art soapboxing. The keg became a rotating hub of conversations and a meeting place for old friends and a great place to make new ones.  This #TNTNW drew some folks I had just met while in Portland for the SCAA 2012 Event, so playing host to them at an event helped reconnect with them and meet their peers.
  I find myself wanting to mention all the people that were there, but it’s not about the names.  This event is about building and growing the coffee community, and if it were to be measured in growth or connections made then I would call this a huge success. Four years ago, I drove from Idaho to be part of a larger community, and met a ton of amazing people. I got introduced to some great people and made some lifelong friends. Four years later, I got to host the event at the same coffeehouse with a lot of the same people. A lot of changes have transpired between those two events, but one thing has stayed the same: coffee professionals are an inspired and passionate bunch. Thanks for showing up and helping make some great memories.
-Andrew Raymond Tucker MacLeod
B&B Coffee Roasters
@humandroid
#TNTNW Results
1: Andrew Raymond Tucker MacLeod
2: Ryan Foss
3: Terika Raak