Latte Art Battle for Clean Water

Portland, Ore.’s trendy Pearl District will play host to a very special Thursday Night Throwdown tomorrow, at Christopher David, a design and style mecca—complete with a café inside—in Northwest Portland.

The event, which begins at 7 p.m. and is open to any and everyone, is called the Battle for Clean Water. Here’s how it works: Baristas buy in for $5, which goes to benefiting WaterAid, a nonprofit dedicated to building and implementing clean water services in developing countries.

What a great reason to get together with your Portland coffee peeps to make coffee?

What a great reason to get together with your Portland coffee peeps to make coffee?

Prizes for the best pours will be awarded thanks to sponsors Espresso Parts, Water Avenue Coffee, Barista Magazine, and Christopher David.

Food, music, beer, and wine to be offered!

Kevin Nichols runs the Christopher David café, and is the organizer of this event.

Kevin Nichols runs the Christopher David café, and is the organizer of this event.

Kevin Nichols of Christopher David is organizing this event, and here’s why: “I knew I wanted to host an event to bring the coffee community together; what better way to give back to the communities that so closely neighbor the origin of the very fruit that contributes to my career?” he says. “Last year I had the opportunity to travel to South America with Water Avenue Coffee to visit coffee farms. The purpose of the trip was to get closer to the coffee and grasp a deeper understanding of the Arabica varietal and the processes therein. Needless to say, the trip was incredible and I had the time of my life. However, I was moved by some of the communities we had to travel through in order to get to these coffee farms. It was clear their quality of life was less than satisfactory and one can only imagine what their drinking water must be like. Hence the birth of Battle for Clean Water!”

Deets:
What: A latte art throw down for a great cause
Who: Anyone and everyone who loves coffee is invited!
Where: Christopher David, 901 NW 10th Ave., Portland
When: 7 p.m.., Thursday, May 22

 

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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.