NERBC 2001 Afterparty and Monster Throwdown PART 2
In PART 1 we saw the beginnings of the GREATEST latte art throwdown ever! You saw it was packed. You saw even Jesus Christ showed up to pour.
One judge noted certain baristi smelled bad. Well, that was a throwdown, not the Miss Universe. Body odors were NOT being evaluated. Let’s review the judging criteria:
- Color Contrast (highest degree of crema-foam contrast)
- Symmetry (design evenly weighted down a central axis)
- Use of Cup (design fills the cup and leaves little negative space)
- Overall Impression (complexity of design and overall artistic expression)
And we start PART 2 with judge and celebrity Kelly Choi and our MC Mike D:
Two and a half hours into the throwdown and the place was booming as never before.
We started with 48 competitors and were now down to two finalists. Danielle Glasky and Jeff Wenzel.
The format for the final was a BEST OF 3. As usual, the WHEEL of DESTINY would choose the types of design for each round. And the winner would get…. a trip to BRAZIL!
Things were even in the first two designs, with one victory for Jeff, one for Danielle. The WHEEL OF DESTINY then chose a… HEART for the last and deciding pour.
How ironic. The fate of the GREATEST latte art throwdown ever would be decided by the heart, the first design a barista learns to pour in latte art. A design considered easy by most baristi. But was it?
And the winner is…
Danielle Glasky from Cafe Grumpy!!!
The winners were as follow:
1st place – Danielle Glasky – Cafe Grumpy – won a trip to Brazil!!! Courtesy of Dallis Bros. Coffee.
2nd place – Jeff Wenzel – Joe The Art of Coffee – won a Rancilio Silvia espresso machine!
3rd place – Farah Khawaja - Joe The Art of Coffee – won a Baratza Virtuoso Preciso grinder!
4th place – Phoebe Aceto – GimmeCoffee! – won single serve goodies, courtesy of Cafe Grumpy!
Congratulations to all!
P.S. 1: Farah picking up her Virtuoso grinder on Sunday after the party:
P.S. 2: A day later Dan Mueller got a chance to interview Danielle Glasky on her way to work: