The Largest Latte Competition in the History of Texas
32 caffeinated baristas duke it out at Thunderbird this Friday night
By Wayne Alan Brenner,
2:15PM, Wed. Sep. 17, 2014
That's the Thunderbird on Koenig.
The one with the new 35-beer tap room, yes.
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.]