I’ve been a bad blog manager! My bad!
Anyway, tonight we will gather at Café DaNino for the fifth entry of Thursday Night Throwdown, Göteborg.
At the previous TNT we introduced a new format in which baristas competed head-to-head. The idea was to add a bit more excitement to the proceedings (from a spectator standpoint) as well as hopefully speed up the event. People seemed to respond well to the change in format so we’re going to go with it again, albeit slightly modified.
This time, baristas will go head-to-head but at the same time they will be competing against the field. It breaks down like this: we will randomly select baristas two at a time. The two selected baristas will each dose and pull their own shot and steam their own milk, simultaneously. They will pour ONE drink and place it in front of our (3) judges. First, the three judges will decide which drink of the two gives the best overall impression, that drink will win that individual “heat.” The winning drink will then be scored by the three judges based on the following categories:
- Balance & Symmetry: Dividing lines are clean, even, and show no signs of hesitation. Individual elements work well with and compliment each other. There is no sense of awkwardness.
- Color Infusion & Definition: The contrast between the whiteness of the foam, and the darkness of the crema. How infused or intertwined the brownness of the crema is with the whiteness of the foam. The intention of the design is obvious and clear.
- Use of Space: The design fills the cup with in an appropriate and pleasant way. The design neither crowds the cup, nor leaves it feeling empty or unfinished. There is a harmony between the size of the cup and size of the design.
Please note, each judge will be responsible for one category ONLY. In other words one judge will be the Balance & Symmetry judge, the next will be the Color Infusion & Definition judge and the third will be the Use of Space judge. What we hope to accomplish is to significantly cut down on the time spent deliberating. The scoring will range between 0 and 10. Judges’ decisions are FINAL. (Tie breakers will be determined by a pour off.)
No matter how many competitors enter the competition, the baristas that receive the FOUR HIGHEST SCORES will advance to the next round and will be seeded based on their scores, with the highest scoring barista competing against the lowest and second highest versus third.
First place winner takes the cash!
Our other finalists will all receive prizes donated by our partners and OFFICIAL SPONSORS(!!!!) Kaffemaskinen!
Additionally, EVERYONE who competes tonight will receive a bag of San Antonio de Esquipulas espresso roast from Åre Kafferosteri!
Also, I should note that if you do not have one of the top scores at tonight’s event fear not! We will record everyone’s scores for every TNT for the rest of the year and those that have the highest scores at the end of the year will compete in a “tournament of champions!” Don’t worry Viktor and Simon, since you two have won January and February’s TNTs (respectively) you are already guaranteed a spot in the grand finale!
So, I can’t wait to see how tonight’s events unfold! Now that Stockholm and Malmö have joined the TNT fray it’s up to us here in da GBG to raise our collective games!
KLARA, FÄRDIGA, THROW!!!