Last Saturday, April 9th, New York City was home to the greatest latte art challenge of all time!
Hosted by Joe The Art of Coffee, Cafe Grumpy, Dallis Bros. Coffee, GimmeCoffee!, and Third Rail Coffee, the NERBC afterparty throwdown took place at the Highline Loft, 508 West 26th Street, in the heart of NYC.
As soon as NERBC finalists were announced, competitors flew off the NERBC site in the afternoon to help set everything up for the throwdown.
Rules were strict. It was not we who decide the barista’s fate, but the sinister WHEEL OF DESTINY!
With each spin, the wheel would decide the type of pour the competitors would have to make.
The judging panel was formed by no one less than Silvia Magalhães, 3-times Brazilian Barista Champion; Kelly Choi, creator and producer of the show Eat Out NY; and Dave Arnold, head of the Culinary Technology department at the French Culinary Institute. And our MC could not be anyone else but Mike D.
Those who poured with patience, precision and polish would advance through the ranks towards their ultimate fate: a glorious adventure to the origins of some of the worlds greatest beans: BRAZIL!!!
Without further delay, the photos.
The event started packed as competitors lined up for a chance to go to Brazil.
Shortly after 8pm, the baristi took their turns to steam milk on the beautiful La Marzocco Strada…
And pour gorgeous designs for the appreciation of the judges.
Those who couldn’t cut it walked home in shame.
We got photographic pour that even Jesus Christ attended the throwdown as you can see below.
Sorry Dave, you kicked ass earlier at the Dallis Bros. 5th Bar Cafe, but you can’t mess with Jesus – in this case, Jeff Wenzel from Joe The Art of Coffee.
Danielle Glasky from Cafe Grumpy did not have any idea what the night had reserved for her. Dan Griffin wouldn’t give it up easy.
And that was a close call, both awesome pours.
Judges were flabbergasted as they had to make a decision and eliminate one more competitor.
And Farah Khawaja from Joe The Art of Coffee was discretely making her way into the top three.
One more pour for PART 1…
Stay tuned for PART 2… Who won the trip to Brazil??? You’ll find out… very soon!!!
Oliver Strand has been championing the surge in specialty coffee here in NYC for quite some time. His prose has been touting the skills of local coffee roasters, shops, baristas, and cafe culture. It’s appropriate and significant that he too gets a chance to basque in the glow of everything that transpired this past weekend at the NERBC.
For the first time in history the Northeast Barista Championship was held here in New York City, and right in the heart of Manhattan across from Chelea Market (home to the Food Network). All three top finalists were working with coffees roasted right here in the 5 boroughs, and all six baristas in the final round work for companies here in New York City.
The role that the press plays in sharing the coffee community’s message with the public cannot be overstated. Peter Meehan’s work with the Times was critical to helping the quality driven shops in New York reach an audience previously unaware of the quality revolution. Oliver Strand has continued in this tradition, and his latest post to the New York Times blogmust make him feel great. Thanks to all those out there that helped to make it all possible!
The presentation that gave Philip Search from Dallis Bros. Coffee the 1st place in the NERBC 2011.
North East Regional Barista Championship (NERBC) 2011
THE WINNER OF THE NORTH EAST REGIONAL BARISTA CHAMPIONSHIP 2011 (NERBC) GOES TO PHILIP SEARCH!!!! OF DALLIS COFFEE BROTHERS. PHILIP BEAT OUT THE FINAL 6 AT THE NERBC. HE WILL NO GO DOWN TO HOUSTON FOR THE NATIONAL FINALS.
Yes indeed, the East Village is being righteously represented when Mr. Sam Penix of Everyman Espresso hits center stage. Great job Sam – that flip sig bev was amazing! While challenging the culinary world to up the ante with coffee programming Sam put the BAR in barista with his mixology classic - incorporating an egg yolk into his “Apollo Flip”.
This was Sam’s second presentation in the NERBC 2011 finals, as he had a technical difficulty in the first one (a problem with the screens at the espresso machine).
Wiggles of Irving Farms is interviewed by our own Dan Mueller (Dallis Brothers Coffee). Wiggles is part of the final 6 contestants who will be awaiting their fate shortly as the NERBC 2011 Barista winners are announced. Good luck Wiggles and the rest of the Finalists.
Dan Mueller interviews Paul Perry from Bunn and gets the latest on the soon-to-be-released Bunn Trifecta brewer. Check it out!
P.S.: check here for more info on the Bunn Trifecta.
Erin M. with Gimme Coffee speaks to Dan Mueller about the competition at the NERBC 2011, performance time during the brewers cup, and the overall excitement of the event. ERIN WON THE NERBC 2011 BREWERS CUP!!!! Congrats ERIN!!!
There was probably no other finalist as charismatic as Wiggles Peters from Irving Farm. We leave this photo series as a tribute to one of the most enchanting baristas in NYC.