Huckleberry Gives Baristas a Real Laugh with Quirky Throwdown

by Colorado Coffee Zine

Last week, Huckleberry Roasters, announced it would be hosting a Thursday night latte art throwdown. What it didn’t mention, was that it had something a little unconventional in mind. The roaster which recently launched an educational space for coffee classes, opened the doors of its Pecos St location on Thursday evening January 12th to welcome 30 competing baristas, their supporters, craft coffee fans, friends and family.

Attendees mingled openly in the chic meets minimalist space with selections of wine, Coors, Pabst, and TRVE beer while the evening’s plans were layed out and the judges panel took seat. To make it easier for everyone to view the competition, Huckleberry provided a live feed on a monitor along one of the walls. Crowding around the bar and television, were cheering, happy, coffee enthusiasts.
Anyone who has visited the Larimer St location styled inside of an old shipping container knows that it wouldn’t be Huckleberry if there weren’t some outside-of-the-box thinking at play that evening. The not-so-ordinary latte art competition was governed by a single roll of the dice that would determine the pour approach for the round. Hearts and tulips were to be poured blindfolded, while spinning, behind the back, while standing on one foot, with a non-dominant hand, basically nothing straight forward.
The competitors advanced through the brackets, until the top three finalists closed out the night: 1st- Emily Orendorff from Boxcar Coffee Roasters, 2nd- Tim Grayson from Metropolis Coffee and Black Eye Coffee, and 3rd- Mark Stahlwood from Seeds Library Cafe. Winners took home prizes provided by sponsors Topo Designs and Acaia.

While the Thursday Night Throwdown, or TNT as it is known, was organized as a fun way to get the coffee community together for some latte art laughs to ring in the new year, it comes in anticipation of some serious competition. Atleast one of the baristas from the evening talent pool will be participating in the U.S. Coffee Championships scheduled in three cities for 2017, Knoxville, Austin, and Seattle. And if the evening’s showcase was any kind of preview, Colorado will be well positioned for a win.

Acaia
Topo Designs
Huckleberry Roasters
Boxcar Coffee Roasters
Black Eye Coffee
Metropolis Coffee
Seeds Library Cafe
U.S. Coffee Championships 2017