The initial idea was quite simple really: create an opportunity for baristas, industry folk, coffee aficionados, and the like to hang out and talk shop in celebration of that magical fruit which we all worship. Beer naturally seemed an appropriate accompaniment. As soon as a potential date for this get together was thrown out there, Ray and January sprang into action and helped ensure that we were going to have a memorable night.
After just a few days, two blog posts, and a couple of Barista Exchanges, we found ourselves at the cafe at 6:00pm on a Saturday night, with only Ray and 72 cans of ice cold Tecate. We waited...no one came. We each opened a beer. Before long we found ourselves surrounded by warm friendly faces, some old, and many new. Espresso was enjoyed, a few beers as well (not to mention shots of whiskey milkshakes), some milk steaming, and good conversation. It was exactly what we had hoped for, an opportunity to communally celebrate this thing we all love so much, without trying to be uptight or pretentious about any of it.
Half & Half was clearly at a disadvantage; while she is well trained on a Synesso, the one at her shop sits much lower than ours so she relied on our phonebook to give her an extra couple of inches.
3rd place tie: Evan, LRBC and Natasha, Half & Half
2nd place: Tyler, Sweet Masterpiece
1st place: Ray, LRBC
Joel for roasting the espresso and judging, Sunshine Dairy for providing us with some free milk to steam, Ray and January for inspiration as well as initiative, and everyone who showed up. We had a lot of fun, and can't wait to do it again.
And now for some of the art produced over the course of the evening: