#TNTNW at Caffe Ladro

Last Thursday a group of amazing Baristas gathered at Caffe Ladro’s 801 Pine location to learn and throwdown some latte art. We moved the event up one week so that we could welcome Baristas and industry folk that were here for the SLS. It felt like a family reunion!

First off we had a round-table discussion on Cafe Culture:The Dichotomy of Tradition and Innovation. After a nice intro by Mr. Peter Giuliano it was time for Cole McBride to take it away. Cole led the discussion and we had Brandon Paul Weaver (Slate Coffee), Daniel Streetman (Irving Farm), and Lorenzo Perkins (Cuvee Coffee) on the panel. The conversation made us rethink what exactly tradition is and how something becomes a tradition.

Secondly we had a throwdown! Our special guest judges were Lorenzo Perkins (Cuvee Coffee), Trevor Corlett (Madcap Coffee), and Alexandra LittleJohn (Verve Coffee). With that kind of talent you can bet the competitors had to bring their A game. Lots of beer and wine was drunk and you can bet a good time was had!  32 Baristas gave it their all but only three would bring home some sweet prizes and bragging rights. Did we mention that Ryan Wilbur poured steaming hot milk in Lorenzo’s mouth after finishing his latte art? Yeah, it was that kind of a night. After everyone poured their hearts out we had our three champions. 

  1. Sam Brandvein-Caffe Ladro
  2. Terika Raak-Caffe Ladro
  3. Maxwell Mooney The Spotted Cow

Gotta thank our title sponsors Barista Magazine, Craft Coffee, and Baratza for their continued support of #TNTNW!!! We’d be lost without these great sponsors!

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Poster for #TNTNW at Olympia Coffee Roasting Co.

Check out this great poster Honor Forte of Oly Coffee made for the #TNTNW next week! He did an awesome job!


#TNTNW at Oly Coffee

#TNTNW at Oly Coffee

#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.

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

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thoughtsofclouds/sets/72157627308527554/ TNT NW set.

TNT Northwest Kick Off in Oly – Thursday Night July 28th

Come one come all to the TNT Northwest’s inaugural throw down in Olympia, Washington at Espresso Parts NW espresso lab.

$5 buy in. Winner takes all 6:30 sign up. 7:00 start time.

Buy in collection value matched by Espresso Parts, and donated to beneficiary Stonewall Youth.

Coffee Sponsor:

Batdorf & Bronson

Milk Sponsor:

Sunshine Dairy

Event Sponsors
Espresso Parts NW

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