Christmas stories from back in the day

It was a dark and cold night in December of 2010. In a lost corner of Brooklyn, NY, a Christmas latte art throwdown would decide the fate of our then recently hired team members!

Style was mandatory. Check out the coffee cupping spoon tie clip:

Madame Von Fuchs succumbing to Mr Search’s impressive Fire Spitting Dragon!

And here the finals, the back pours on top of a chair:

And the designs were not that bad!

Those were the days!

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:

P.S. 3: Check all the photos of the party at our Flickr album or everyone’s uploads.

NERBC 2001 Afterparty and Monster Throwdown PART 1

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.

Indecision, indecision…

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!!!

Danielle G. from cafe grumpy

Danielle Glasky from Cafe Grumpy speaking about the wild latte art throwdown sponsored by Dallis Brothers Coffee on Saturday night, April 9th at Highland Lofts. Danielle who won the throwdown, received an origin trip to Brazil from Dallis Brothers. Great work Danielle, we all truly enjoyed all the rounds of your latte art. Have fun in Brazil!!!

AND THE WINNER OF THE NERBC SAT PARTY THROWDOWN IS…

holy sheeeetz that was amazing. where are all those north east coffee people usually? oh thats right, making this city spin.  getting right down to it:
The winners of the NERBC Best Throwdown Ever Coffee People Party Are
4th place goes to Phoebe from @Gimmecoffee winning a killer brew package from @cafegrumpy.
3rd place  Farrah from @JoecoffeeNYC,  Go Farrah!
2nd goes to the reluctant Jeff W, also from @joecoffeeNYC  going home with a killer home espresso set up
and oh my god Danielle G from @cafegrumpy is coming to brazil. Danielle get ready to rock  Sao Paulo and Fazenda Nossa Senhora Aparecida
and lets not forget tomorrow’s still amazing barista performances to come from the finals of #NERBC 2011.  Search! Search! Search! Search!
g’night y’all.
And farrah from @joecoffee takes 3rd!
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Come to the NERBC party tonight!

You never know what could happen…

 

NERBC Saturday Night Party – Throwdown Update

Yes it is true – the first round of 24 pre-registration slots for Saturday night’s extreme throwdown were gone in just a few hours!  24 more slots will be available on a first come first serve basis at the venue beginning at 7:00 pm:

West Chelsea Arts Building
508 W 26th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001
See you there!

NERBC Saturday Night Throwdown – Win a trip to Brazil!

Attention spro-slingers, microfoam marauders and all manner of coffee geek in the NorthEastern United States!

This is a call to arms for those daring, devious and dashing enough to stand to the challenge of becoming the
GREATEST LATTE ARTIST in ALL THE LAND!

Come join the NYC coffee community for one night of debaucherous, milk-crazed madness in the GREATEST LATTE ART OF ALL TIME!

But be wary!  For it is not we who decide our fate, but the sinister WHEEL OF DESTINY!

The great barista callers are challenged to pour, head-to-head, the design fated them by the venerable wheel.

The designs are simple: heart, multi-layered tulip or rosetta.

Those who pour with patience, precision and polish will advance through the ranks towards their ultimate fate -
a glorious adventure to the origins of some of the worlds greatest beans:  BRAZIL!  A tour de force of the Octavio Cafe, the Sao Paolo cafe scene, and the Nossa Senhora Aparecida farm in the Alta Mogiana region all await the victor.

Those who crumble under the great pressures of sport must walk into the night alone, but with great resolve!

So, for those of you who have what it takes, stand tall and represent this great region in what the history books shall
surely recognize as the GREATEST LATTE ART CHALLENGE OF ALL TIME!

 

Registration details coming soon!  Stay tuned…

NYC NERBC PARTY UPDATES!

ADDRESS CORRECTION!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ADDRESS FOR THE PARTY WAS INCORRECT ON THE ORIGINAL FLYER!  NEW INFO BELOW!

Join our community of NYC coffee shops & roasters for a party to welcome the NERBC to town! There will be a latte art throw-down (with incredible prizes including a trip to Brazil), DJ, dancing and more.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 9th from 8pm-12am at the Highline Loft on 526 West 26th street, 5th Floor.

Co-Sponsored by Café Grumpy, Gimme!, Joe, Third Rail & Dallis Bros. Coffee.
Beer has been lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery.

See you there!

 

 

NYC NERBC Party!

Join our community of NYC coffee shops & roasters for a party to welcome the NERBC to town! There will be a latte art throw-down (with incredible prizes including a trip to Brazil), DJ, dancing and more.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 9th from 8pm-12am at the Highline Loft on 526 West 26th street, 5th Floor.

Co-Sponsored by Café Grumpy, Gimme!, Joe, Third Rail & Dallis Bros. Coffee.
Beer has been lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery.

See you there!