TNT out east getting some serious coverage.

Hey everyone,

You’ve got to check out this video highlighting the NC barista scene. TNT is getting so strong and we love to see the community getting such good press!


#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
#TNTNW Results
1: Andrew Raymond Tucker MacLeod
2: Ryan Foss
3: Terika Raak


Last Thursday was the first #TNTNW of the season. Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. hosted not only a latte art throwdown but a triangulation cupping to boot! WE HAD SOO MUCH FUN! Gravity Beer Market supplied the beer, La Marzocco kicked down some awesome swag, Barista Magazine gave a year subscription away to the winner, Espresso Parts gave out some rad demis, and The Bearded Ladies brought Dessert.. There was even a video premier of Oly Coffee’s gorgeous origin video.

Oly Coffee is really small and around 50 filled the roastery and cafe for the festivities. The latte art throwdown was held in the cafe. There was lot’s of loud music, beer drinking, dancing, OHH and beautiful pours. The triangulation cupping was a lot quieter and took place in the roastery.

Latte Art Finalists

  1. Brady MacDonald-Urban Coffee Lounge
  2. Amanda Jean Atkins-ZOKA
  3. Mollie Burdette-Sound City Coffee

*Triangulation results tomorrow.

One thing that stood out to me was the amount of people who traveled for this #TNTNW. We Olympians are proud coffee people who sometimes feel like we go unnoticed because we are book ended by Seattle and Portland. We even had a few people from as far out as Wenatchee! Stayed tuned for the next host to be announced for SCAA.

Thanks to everyone who came and showed their support for the coffee community. WE LOVE YOU.

Livin’ La Vida Zoka

WHOA!!!!!  We had so much fun last Thursday!  Zoka was the host for the fifth installment of the TNTNW series and they did a great job!  Zoka decided to match the pot for the event and donate the money to Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission!!! There was even a DJ (Troy Whalen)!

We all had a great time and there were some awesome pours.  Zoka took the top two spots of the throwdown, Mr. Brandon Paul Weaver took 1st, Amanda Jean Atkins took 2nd and Brady McDonald took 3rd (Urban Coffee Lounge).  Thanks to everyone who attended and made this event a success!  We look forward to seeing you for this months TNT!

Bluebeard TNT Parrrty

  Bluebeard Coffee Roasters hosted an amazing TNT October 27th.  I was super stoked to be able to attend!  Sara Z. and I got off the plane from Camp Pull-A-Shot and headed straight to Bluebeard.  Michael Elvin was nice enough to host for me and he did a great job!

  We had a solid turnout!  Bluebeard even supplied pizza and beer!  After a couple of hours of beautiful pours we had our top three: 1st:Brandon Weaver (ZOKA) 2nd: Nik Virrey (ZOKA) and 3rd Byron Betts (Valhalla). Big thanks to Bluebeard and everyone who showed up.

Cannon washes away the competition at Neptune!

Last Thursday was the third installment of TNT NW and it was a good one.  Neptune was gracious enough to host this kickoff to the Coffee Fest weekend.  We had some great Baristas in attendance from all over.  Nicely, Lewontin and Cannon I’m looking at you!

It’s a little difficult writing re-caps of throwdowns because well people poured a lot of pretty things in cups.  What I think is worth reporting is the continual feeling of community.  We are getting Baristas behind machines they haven’t used before and they’re pouring against people they haven’t worked with.  I for one got to use the Synesso for the first time thanks to the Neptune TNT!

Big thanks to Our judges Dismas, Sara Z. and Mr. Leon.  They rocked it!  Major props to Mr. Mike Cannon for taking the first place pour against Mr. Brandon Paul Weaver(thanks Cannon).  Cannon won a lot of money and street cred.  And of course thanks to everyone who came to cheer on their favorite Barista!  Without all of your support these event would be lame.

TNT NW 7/28

Last night was awesome!  The first of three scheduled TNT NW took place at Espresso Parts in Olympia WA.  It just so Happened our friends at RBCNYC had a throwdown planned for the same night.  This throwdown was to benefit Equality Texas to show support for #YesEqual .  We reached out to Sprudge who were the media sponsors to see if we could help out.  Jordan was happy to have us involved.  Stonewall Youth is who we chose as the benefactors for the throwdown.

There are a few things you need for a successful throwdown: coffee, milk, an espresso machine and judges.  Batdorf & Bronson provided us with a great FTO Mexico, Sunshine Dairy donated milk and our judges were Michael Elvin, Heather Ringwood and Dan Baumfeld.  People started to show up around 6:30 they started to practice and get familiar with the steam tips.  We had our Sproline Vortex and Foam Knife 1 tips to test out.

    Fifty or so people showed up to pack the Espresso Parts lab.  Twenty brave Baristas threwdown magic was made.It was great to see such great talent in one place.  We got together for a good cause raised $100 and had lots of fun!
    Once again we have to thank the Sponsors who helped make this rad event possible. Thanks to everyone who had to deal with traffic to get to Oly and everyone else that attended.  The next TNT NW event will take place at Metronome In Tacoma.  And keep an eye out for the badass wrestlemania style belt for the winning shop.

1st:Katie Hoy of Batdorf & Bronson

2nd:Cole Mcbride

3rd:Rob Stofleth an independent TNT NW set.

TNT Northwest Mission

Can you imagine city to city, state to state, coast to coast-  where baristas get together in the name of good spirits, camaraderie and  the craft? Thursday Night Throwdowns invite a dial of craft selections, a super engaging platform for all walks of coffee geekery and seriously, who doesn’t want to close out the month with their pals! Flirting with the idea of saturating our communities regardless of the occupation or location just as the father of TNT,  Ben Helfen intended.  Sometimes latte art, maybe triangulation, perhaps brewing we don’t know that’s up to the future host. In the end we are gaining community, increasing fellowship and having a damn good time doing it!