Well, we are happy to report that last week's TNT - that is, Thursday Night Throwdown - was explosive (too much?). As promised, 32 baristas from coffee shops all over town went head to head in an epic competition that pitted experts and relative newbies alike to see whose latte reined supreme. In the spirit of the season, we constructed a giant March Madness-style bracket on our chalkboard to organize the entrants.
We were thrilled to welcome so many friends into our Spruce Street shop for the festivities. We'd hoped for a good turnout and this went beyond our expectations! Cold Kenzinger flowed freely while the crowd gathered around the espresso machine to catch the action and support their favs. A bunch of HubBubbers threw down hard, but we must admit that we had some fierce competition from many of Philly's cafes.
After many exciting rounds of latte making, it came down to the Final Four. We cheered loudly for our manager Erica, who ended up taking 2nd place! 1st place went to Elysa, one of the owners of Menagerie Coffee in Old City, Austin from ReAnimator came in 3rd, and a different Erika took 4th place. Mad props to all the winners!
Thanks to everyone who came to participate or just to hang out! It was a great showing of the Philly coffee scene. We can't wait to do it again!
Thanks to LJ for many of these photos!