TNT Northwest Celebrates 2-Year Anniversary

Slate Coffee gettin cray!

Editor’s note: Barista Magazine is uber proud to be a title sponsor of the TNT Northwest Series, which has hosted Thursday Night Throwdowns once a month for the past two years! In fact, that two-year milestone was just hit with the last TNT, which took place on July 25. TNT organizer Michael Fernandez, AKA Panda, of Espresso Parts, wrote the following post about how the big anniversary TNT went, with plenty of photos below. Thanks, Panda, and here’s to the next two years of TNTNW!

Article by Panda

Espresso Parts really wanted to throw a party to celebrate the anniversary and thank everyone that make the series a success…you!

Dismas lends organizer Panda a hand.

Dismas lends organizer Panda a hand.

We mixed things up this time and held the event outdoors in our parking lot in Lacey, Washington. How does one throw an outdoor latte art throwdown in a parking lot? Well, with help from Slate Coffee and the Slatestream, amazing things can happen. The Slatestream? It’s an Airstream trailer that has been converted into a mobile cafe. So BOOM that’s taken care of.

Inside the Slatestream.

Inside the Slatestream.

It's a party!

It’s a party!

Next, we needed some food. Our friends from Oly Smokers brought their mobile smoker and filled the air with that sweet, sweet aroma of smoked brisket. OK, now I’m full—what’s next?

One live band would have been pretty cool, so two must be cooler, right? Right. Local acts Red Red Red (Van the guitar player is a customer service rep with Espresso Parts) and Moldy Castle (singer Mike Smith put time in working shipping with us) graced us with their face melting rocking goodness.

If the caution tape's comin out, you know the shizz is bangin!

If the caution tape’s comin out, you know the shizz is bangin!

When all was said and done, this TNT attracted more than 100 people! Lovely baristas from all over the Pacific Northwest braved horrible traffic to join us in celebrating the two-year anniversary of TNT Northwest. We dined on brisket, did some damage to our ear drums, threw down some dope latte art, and bonus: we didn’t get shut down by the cops!

Espresso Parts in Lacey, Wash., played host to this mega TNTNW!

Espresso Parts in Lacey, Wash., played host to this mega TNTNW!

After a few hours of pouring into sweet Yama glass cups we had our top three.

  1. Kyle Rees @kinetic_kyle
  2. Robert Stofleth @RobStofleth
  3. Mike Cannon @SuperHarioBros

We couldn’t do this without the help of our generous sponsors! Barista MagazineBaratza, and Craft Coffee.

Amanda Whitt, who works at Everyman Espresso in New York, was home in Oly for vacay, just in time for the party of the summer!

Amanda Whitt, who works at Everyman Espresso in New York, was home in Oly for vacay, just in time for the party of the summer!

Special thanks to Olympia All Ages – Northern who provided us with the PA system we used for the music. And of course, local brewery Fish Tale for kickin’ us down a great deal on the keg of organic IPA.

Michael Elvin, owner of Bar Francis in Oly, and his tiny assistant.

Michael Elvin, owner of Bar Francis in Oly, and his tiny assistant.

Throughout these two years we have been fortunate to meet and become closer to our fellow baristas in the Pacific Northwest. It’s been an amazing experience.

 

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.