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.
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.
We have to thank Metronome and Mr. Joshua Boyt for opening up his cafe for such an awesome event! Josh and his staff put a lot of work into this and made it a night for everyone to remember.
Everyone had so much fun! First off the back to school theme was awesome. There were rulers and pencils hanging from the ceiling, a sloppy joe and tater tot buffet and free beer! You don’t really get any better than that.
The place was packed! We had over thirty competitors from all over and probably about eighty or so people in attendance. Our judges for the latte art competition were Dan Baumfeld, Sandy Hall and Alex Negranza. Big thanks to them and all who competed.
While the latte art was being poured and judged the other side of the bar was all about pour over and the Trifecta. Rusty Angell from Bunn was making tatsy brews with the Trifecta and the Hario Brothers were in full effect brewing some awesome pour-overs.
After three hours of latte art greatness we had our winners. Ryan Soeder (Starbucks) took first place, Nik Virrey (Zoka) and Kyle Rees (Zoka) took second and third. Lucky for Ryan Bunn decided to match the cash prize and fill his pockets with lot’s of green.
Once again our coffee community has come out in full force and proven to be full of talented and creative Barista’s. Thanks to everyone who made this event possible. Next up is Neptune September!
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.
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!