Baristas and coffee-lovers alike are invited to Reverie Coffee Roasters Latte Art Throwdown at 7 p.m. Friday in celebration of the shop’s fourth year in business.
The throwdown, a competition among baristas to see who can create the best latte design with steamed milk, will be open for the public to attend, and winners will be decided by a panel of judges. The three judges are Ryan Chipman, owner of Yepocapa Coffee; U.J. Pesonen, home coffee roaster; and Sarah Leslie, vice chairwoman of the Barista Guild of America.
Kaitlyn Wall, Reverie’s operations manager, said the shop won’t be selling drinks or food during the throwdown, but Luciano’s Strada food truck will be on site during the event.
The competition will have multiple rounds where two baristas go head-to-head creating tulips, hearts, spirals or whatever design comes to mind. Baristas have to move their coffee creations from the steaming station to the judging table before they are scored.
It’s a bracket-style competition, and one barista moves on in each round until a winner is crowned.
The public will have front-row seats to the action for free, and Wall said that’s not the only perk.
“A lot of lattes are made during the competition that are handed out for free,” she said. “People are pleasantly surprised with that. It’s not just the entertainment.”
Reverie, 2611 E. Douglas, will close at 5 p.m. Friday and open again at 6:30 p.m. for registration. There is a $5 buy-in for anyone wanting to compete. Prizes are typically awarded to the top three baristas, Wall said.
Little Lion Ice Cream also will be at Reverie selling homemade ice cream and waffles from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as a part of the fourth anniversary celebration.
Wall said Reverie will also be releasing new T-shirt and tank top designs for the summer on Friday.