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Rally in the Valley Recap

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....

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Pouring Latte Art: Matthew's First Barista Throwdown

Last month, I competed for the first time in a Barista Throwdown. For those of you unfamiliar with this sort of event, a Barista Throwdown is a specific form of a latte art tournament. Competitors are put into a bracket where they are paired off against another barista. With one barista on each side of the espresso machine, the two minute match begins. When the clock stops, the baristas should have already placed down an eight ounce latte in front of the three judges. A moderator counts to three and the judges simultaneously point at the latte they think has better art. One barista continues on to the next round and the other hangs out and drinks the free beer...

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