Bull Run's latte art throwdown crowns a winner
|The site of some fierce competition|
Want to see some of the winning pours and who won? Read on.
|Busy Bull Run on throwdown night|
Coffee peeps from many of the Cities' best shops were in attendance, either to compete or gawk at their pals. The first round saw 20 competitors, with several, like Andrew Kopplin, throwing in their $5 entry fee at the last minute.
|A barista preps for her first round...|
The tight-knit brewing community followed the action closely, even heckling when necessary. The trio of judges--World Barista Champ Michael Phillips, Ben Lavelle from Angry Catfish, and a noncoffee expert named Kristin who lives upstairs from the shop--carefully scored each contestant in the first round with a total possible 120 points for symmetry, contrast/definition, creativity/difficulty, and overall beauty. Scores ranged from 22 to 95.5 after all the baristas made their first cup.
|Late round action...|
The designs were impressive, especially as the night wore on and more beer was consumed. The second round was less formal, as the judges delivered their decisions by a simple show of hands. The still-game baristas went head-to-head serving up impressive milk work.
|Judge and World Barista Champ Michael Phillips and the leaderboard|
There was much dancing, general merriment, and even a chance to watch some dudes drink down the container where all the lattes were dumped.
|This guy had a bit of coffee...|
And in the end, a winner was crowned. After topping the first round, perhaps it was fated: The host of the evening, Bull Run manager and Katy Perry enthusiast Gordon Bellaver, took the crown and the $180 kitty.
|Gordon Bellaver pours the winning latte.|
We look forward to a year of barista contests to see if any other champs emerge.