Every month a group of us chummy coffee companies gather to show off our latte art skills and raise money for non-profits in our communities. We call this series of events Rally in the Valley. On May 18th we had the pleasure of having a turn at hosting our second latte throwdown at Flag & Wire! Members of both our coffee and McMinnville communities joined us that night to cheer on their favorite baristas and cool off with beer on our first really hot day of the season.
For this event we chose to put all the proceeds toward the SNACK Program. They are a program local to Yamhill County that focuses on helping families to establish a healthy lifestyle. They approach this by educating the community about proper nutrition and exercise through various types of activities and workshops. SNACK's program coordinator Katie Sours was a guest speaker at the event, kicking off the night with information about what they do. Meanwhile, throughout the evening SNACK interns volunteered as greeters at the door and handed out raffle tickets.
These are our three happy judges: Collin, Jen, and Joe! The way judging worked is once two completed lattes were presented in front of them, they would deliberate on which was the best. This can be determined by considering certain qualities like contrast and symmetry. Then on the count of one....two...THREE...they each point at their favorite! Winner would then move on to the next round of the bracket.
We had a great mix of baristas from different shops and coffee companies participate in the competition. All four of the Flag & Wire baristas gave it a go, and even Nick took a quick break from MCing to join in the fun!
Special thanks are in order for all of our event sponsors who generously donated all the awesome raffle prizes! We had a great mix of prizes for local interests like Yamhill Valley Dry Goods and Local Flow, and coffee goodies (of course) from Bespoken Coffee and ourselves. We were really excited to have prizes for our top throwdown finalists courtesy of Barista Magazine! Rad hats and a full year subscription for each of them. Congrats to the top two contenders of the night, Cole and Tom!
It was a fantastic night with great energy and spacey tunes. Relive the night or pretend like you were there by listening to the event playlist here:
Interested in attending (maybe even compete in?!) next month's Rally in the Valley? Check upcoming event dates and locations, and learn more about Rally in the Valley here!