Feeling a little sluggish from lunch with almost half your day ahead of you?
Uh oh. You’ve hit the 2 p.m. Slump.
When this happens to me, I like to cure myself with a walk downtown. And with seemingly endless possibilities for delightful destinations, I tend to decide on a coffee.
It’s almost punctilious for me. And nothing rescues me out of the 2 p.m. Slump quite like a truly gifted barista who not only turns over my coffee with a knowing smile, but serves it with the ever-elusive talent of latte art.
Several years ago, we bought a home espresso machine almost for the sole purpose of learning latte art. We did not succeed.
It’s hard, y’all. This is a talent I’m convinced is only bestowed on a lucky few. Lucky for coffee lovers like me, these talented latte artists are going to be in one place for all of us to witness their prowess!
Reve Coffee Roasters is hosting their 2nd Latte Art Throwdown at 7 p.m. March 24 at 200 Jefferson St. It’s $5 to compete and free to watch.
The Latte Art Throwdown will follow rules from the first event in December.
The competition will run on a modified version of the official Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA, if you speak the language). As each barista signs up they will be assigned a bracket position by raffle and will ultimately go head-to head in a single elimination round.
The baristas will be allowed to pour whatever size drink they prefer, with higher scores for harder-to-pour drinks.
As warned in the Facebook event, “making your art actually look like you meant to pour it is more important than trying to pull a perfect rosetta in a cortado.”
Competitors are subject to rules such as no blades and using 0.1 mm tips, but are allowed to bring their own pitcher.
The competing baristas will work side by side on the Reve machines for prizes and, of course, bragging rights.
Judges will evaluate on quality of the pour, including contrast, consistency and purpose. Competitors will have an opportunity to practice on the machines prior to the competition.
Winners move forward and continue until only one is left. And we will call that one, champion.
For the spectator, the raw art of what we witness will be solely from the barista and his/her craft. There will be no stenciling or etching. But it’s just a friendly competition.
Reve reminds everyone “this event is more about connecting with fellow coffee nerds, having fun, and socializing in a setting where everyone can feel comfortable. So, have fun, relax, and enjoy yourself whether you’re competing or not.”
So whether you usually like a heart, leaf, rosetta or anything else you can dream up, this is the group of people who can make all your foamy milk dreams come true!