February 21, 2013

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Chattanooga’s coffee culture will be in full force on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17, when professional and amateur baristas gather for the first annual Chattanooga Coffee Throwdown hosted by Thrive Studio.

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 aficionados in the area,” according to David Snyder, a barista at Thrive Cafe and an organizer 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 or call (423) 605-3125.


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