Boston Thursday Night Throwdown launched with a massive attendance last Thursday! Nearly 100 baristas and coffee professionals from around the Greater Boston area gathered at dwelltime, our January host. Check out the crowd early on:
24 competitors poured head-to-head, and we got the answer to the most important question — just how quickly can a group of baristas drink a mini-keg and six growlers from Jack’s Abby Brewing, our beer sponsor. There was lots of interest in the coffee project Jack’s Abby brought: their Smoke & Dagger black lager dry hopped with barismo’s Yellow Bourbon Bosque microlot.
We started the night with a competitors list that included baristas, roasters, and techs; over the course of two hours, the semi-finals narrowed down to Joe from Blue State, Stephen from barismo/dwelltime, Zoe from Voltage and Chuck from Render. Our final round put Joe and Chuck head-to-head in a macchiato throwdown. One of many close calls, Zoe (L) v. Chuck (R) from the semifinals:
At the end of the night, Chuck won a pitcher full of cash. His title will be on the line next month at February TNT, hosted by Render Coffee!
Special thanks to our tech sponsor, Ethan Miller from Shot Doctors, for taking care of the Strada EP install for TNT.
Check out media on TNT below: