Chattanooga Barista Competition Is March 17

Monday, February 18, 2013

Professional and amateur baristas will gather for the first annual Chattanooga Coffee Throwdown, hosted by Thrive Studio, on March 17.

Sponsored by the Chattanooga Coffee Club, the competition is designed to recognize and celebrate the art of coffee and encourage the fine craft of espresso beverage preparation and manual coffee brewing.  “The goal of the Chattanooga Coffee Throwdown is to connect baristas and coffee aficiandos in the area,: said David Snyder, Thrive Cafe barista and one of the organizers of the event.  "We hope to foster an environment where coffee professionals can learn from each other and grow the coffee culture of Chattanooga.”  

Judges will be scoring and evaluating three categories; espresso, specialty and brewed coffee drinks. The competition is similar to the United States Barista Championship, and while it is not a sanctioned event, the winners will receive a cash prize and bragging rights as the top barista in their category.  A panel of three judges will be evaluating each drink using sensory and technical scoring giving the competitors a point system on which to be judged. 

Registration is $10.  Each competitor will be required to attend an orientation meeting on March 3 as well as the preliminary round on March 10 prior to the championships on March 17.  All events will be held at Thrive Studio, 191 River St.  To register contact David Snyder at david@thrivestudion.net or call 605-3125.

Spectators are also encouraged to attend on March 10 from 2-6 p.m. and again on March 17 from 2-6 p.m.  Admission is free and there will be door prizes and other activities during the final round.  

According to Kim Gavin, Thrive Studio co-owner, “This is a perfect complement to the fun and creative atmosphere here at Thrive Studio.  We are excited to host the Coffee Throwdown and help promote the art of coffee throughout the Chattanooga area. Our goal is to build healthy bodies and happy minds and I can’t think of anything that makes me happier than a delicious coffee drink made by a skilled barista.”


Puckett's Gro. Celebrates First Responders This Holiday Season

Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant, 2 W Aquarium Way in downtown Chattanooga, will host a “First Responders Family Meal” from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24, allowing those who will be on duty for Christmas Day an opportunity to celebrate the holiday with their loved ones. All first responders and their families are invited to attend the special meal at the Southern eatery, ... (click for more)

National Cornbread Cook-Off Seeks New Champion

It’s time to submit a National Cornbread Cook-off recipe. Lodge Cast Iron and Martha White are searching the nation for the best original main dish cornbread recipes in the 22nd Annual Lodge National Cornbread Cook-Off.   Now through Jan. 15, 2018, Cook-Off applicants can submit an original main dish/entree recipe prepared with at least one package of Martha White Cornbread ... (click for more)

Man Barges Into Woman's Home In MLK Neighborhood; Tries To Rape Her; Photos Of Suspect Released; Thomas Carr, 28, Is Arrested

Chattanooga Police said a man barged into a woman's home in the MLK Neighborhood around noon on Tuesday and tried to rape the woman.   Thomas Lee Carr, 28, was taken into custody on Wednesday morning. Carr is charged with one count of attempted rape. Police said, "The victim was followed by the suspect into her residence where the victim was then ... (click for more)

Moccasin Bend Resident Asks City To Move Police Firing Range So He Can Open Bed And Breakfast Inn

A Moccasin Bend resident is asking the city to move a police firing range from off the historic Bend so he can open a bed and breakfast inn. Steve Holmes also said the move needs to take place because the new Moccasin Bend National Park is set to begin implementing its management plan early next year. He said the park should bring 250,000 visitors to Chattanooga each year with ... (click for more)

Vince Dean Saved The Day

Permit me to publicly express appreciation to Vince Dean. His calm, comprehensive and diplomatic arguments to the Chattanooga City Council against the administration’s ill-advised plan to segregate retirees and herd them unwillingly into a separate insurance plan unquestionably saved the day. The proposed new plan, if implemented, was certain to cause months of chaos and confusion ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Let’s Focus On ‘Better’

As I stepped away from the overflow crowd at  Monday  night’s Town Council meeting on Signal Mountain, I leaned in to tell Jean Trohanis how sorry I was to hear of the loss of her dearest friend. But in that millisecond before I could speak, the former but still-loved elementary school principal gave me her best hallway hiss and, with a pointed finger, she ordered, “You ... (click for more)