A Giant Grouphead Costume and Some Killer Latte Art Made for a Great Portland Halloween

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I still can’t get over this costume by Chad Bledsoe. It easily won the costume contest last night at the TNT Northwest held at the American Barista & Coffee School.

Tom Pikaart (in lab coat) awards the Best Costume sash to Chad Bledsoe (as giant grouphead).

Tom Pikaart (in lab coat) awards the Best Costume sash to Chad Bledsoe (as giant grouphead).

Loads of Portlanders turned out for this awesome event, which was the October edition of the TNTNW series. Organizers Panda of Espresso Parts and Tom of the American Barista & Coffee School wisely scheduled the competition early—5:30 to 8:30 p.m.—so folks could drop in for a good time and still be able to rabble-rouse for Halloween out in the big city.

TNT NW bracket, Halloween

TNT NW bracket, Halloween

All the rabbling and rousing Panda and I were up for after the TNT was milkshakes at the Doug Fir though. These events are exhausting! And they’re awesome, and fun, and so great for the community.

Striking poses

Striking poses

Give it up for last night’s top three baristas: in first place: Jason Moore from Portland! In second, Ryan Foss of Bothell, Wash.! And in third, Jade Adams of Portland!

Free beer!

Free beer!

Dr. Horrible.

Dr. Horrible.

Awesomely simple.

Awesomely simple.

Creepy.

Creepy.

No barista can tame the giant grouphead!

No barista can tame the giant grouphead!

Ryan from Torque in Vancouver, Washington.

Ryan from Torque in Vancouver, Washington.

Loveable Panda.

Loveable Panda.

So don’t miss the last two TNT NWs of 2013:

November 21—Street Bean Espresso, 2702 Third Ave., Seattle

December 19—Portland Roasting, 340 SE 7th, Portland

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