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!!!