The Largest Latte Competition in the History of Texas

32 caffeinated baristas duke it out at Thunderbird this Friday night

That's the Thunderbird on Koenig.
The one with the new 35-beer tap room, yes.

Somebody's got a heart on for latte.

But this Friday night?
It's all about the coffee, baby.

32 caffeine jockeys from all over the ATX will be vying skillwise to see which one of them makes the best latte of all, so they can claim bragging rights– and so they can take home a new 65-inch flatscreen TV.

[Note to self: Learn how to make the best latte, stat, and win next year's competition, and install new TV before bingewatching all of Deadwood.]

Contestants at this orchestrated donnybrook will be judged on aesthetic appeal, it says in the PR we got (and we assume that means: How Good It Tastes & How Good It Looks), and the judges will include Thunderbird owner Ryan McElroy and Caffe Medici owner Michael Vaclav and other local javalebrities.

You ever see a barista concentrating on their work behind the counter? Some of these people are fucking serious. And we reckon that the competition, for all its crowded conviviality and hearty imbibing, will be pretty serious, too.

That's this Friday night, September 19, from 7:30-9:30pm.

[Note: Did we say "it's all about the coffee, baby"? Yes, well, the competition is about that, to be sure. But those attending the event can of course also purchase beer from any of the acclaimed 35 taps to wet their whistles with while it's barista vs. barista in a bodacious battle to the death. The death of lassitude, anyway.]

[Note: lassitude.]

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More by Wayne Alan Brenner
The Booze We Choose: Seven and Up
The Booze We Choose: Seven and Up
Liquor in the front … of your favorite cabinet, of course

Oct. 15, 2021

Five Recommended Austin Arts Events
Five Recommended Austin Arts Events
Our weekly pick of the top art events to get you out of the house

Oct. 15, 2021

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

coffee, latte competition, Thunderbird, Friday night fun

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle