Baristas express(o) their skills at throwdown competition 

In search of the perfect shot

We've seen chefs, dancers, singers, winemakers, and models compete for various titles and the chance to say "I'm number one." Now, we've got baristas, too. Caviar & Bananas hosts a Tuesday Night Throwdown barista competition between 20 local baristas on Oct. 20.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. local talent can sign up for the competition. Then at 7:30 p.m., contestants roll up their sleeves for three minutes behind the espresso machine in am attempt to create the perfect drink and pour. Drinks are tasted and scored by three judges in four categories: Balance & Symmetry, Color Infusion & Definition, Use of Space, and Overall Impression. The perfect score in each category is 18, while the perfect all around score is 72. Winners will be announced at the end of the night. It's $5 to enter the espresso madness, but free to stand by and enjoy the show.




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