Portland Roasting & Pacific Make a Crazy-Awesome Almond Milk TNT!

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Did you know that Pacific Natural Foods has just released its almond milk? The folks at Pacific—including the wonderful Debra Kaminski—worked for many, many months perfecting the formula for the almond milk, with the help of some experts, among them baristas Nathanael May of Portland Roasting, and Devin Chapman, formerly of Coava Coffee in Portland and now located in L.A. working on a special project for Verve. It is SO SMART when companies with a product associated with coffee retailing looks to the baristas for input—they handle those products more than anyone, and their feedback is invaluable.

Pacific Natural Foods' Almond Milk will be widely available starting in January. Used for the drinks made at the Portland Roasting TNT on Thursday, it was a hit!

Pacific Natural Foods’ Almond Milk will be widely available starting in January. Used for the drinks made at the Portland Roasting TNT on Thursday, it was a hit!

So when Nathanael, who runs Portland Roasting’s Cupping Room (one of Portland’s prettiest new cafes, located at 340 SE 7th), was planning the TNT that took place on Thursday, December 19, he thought it would be awesome to have the throwdown participants use Pacific’s almond milk for their drinks!

And seriously, this event opened some eyes. Baristas were thrilled with how well the almond milk held up to heat and steam, and how nicely it worked for latte art. Makes sense, since it was formulated for baristas—it’s part of Pacific’s Barista Series of products, after all.

In the end, it was Jason Moore of the Red E right here in Portland who won top honors with a downright dog-diggity beautiful pour. Way to go, Jason!

In the end, it was Jason Moore of the Red E right here in Portland who won top honors with a downright dog-diggity beautiful pour. Way to go, Jason!

The throwdown was seriously great—Nathanael used a throwback theme, and stocked the party tables with old time favorites like Capri Sun, Fun Dips, Handisnacks, and more. One whole room was dedicated to a MarioKart 64 tournament, with the players’ screens channeled to the big screen in the center of the cafe (which, during business hours, shows gorgeous footage from producing countries).

In the MarioKart 64 competition area.

In the MarioKart 64 competition area.

Check out the way the Portland Roasting crew set up the space—it was bitchen.

Check out the way the Portland Roasting crew set up the space—it was bitchen.

Loads of Northwest baristas showed up for this, the last of the TNT Northwest series of the year. It was great to get hugs and love from the coffee community as we end what’s been a wonderful year. Can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!

Can you feel the love in the room? Northwest baristas make a wonderful community for each other.

Can you feel the love in the room? Northwest baristas make a wonderful community for each other.

About the Author

Sarah

Sarah Allen is co-founder and editor of Barista Magazine, the international trade magazine for coffee professionals. A passionate advocate for baristas, quality, and the coffee community, Sarah has traveled widely to research stories, interact with readers, and present on a variety of topics affecting specialty coffee. She also loves animals, swimming, ice cream, and living in Portland, Oregon.