UPDATE: We are no longer receiving direct donations to the Finca Santa Maria fund. Thank you so very much for your support! We far exceeded our initial goal will have an update soon on the total amount received. You can read Armando’s letter of gratitude here. For Maritza and I, it was just another travel… Continue Reading
On September 9th, PT’s Coffee at College Hill hosted the Endless Summer Throwdown and Signature Drink Challenge in Topeka, KS.
Competitors, friends, and family came from all around the Central Midwest coffee community. Cafés represented include:
- PT’s at College Hill – Topeka, KS
- Onyx Coffee Lab – Bentonville, AR
- The Coffee Ethic – Springfield, MO
- Post Coffee Co. – Lee’s Summit, MO
- Quay – Kansas City, MO
- Arrow Coffee – Manhattan, KS
- Messenger Coffee – Lenexa, KS
- Reverie Coffee – Wichita, KS
- 1900 Barker – Lawrence, KS
- Judee’s – Topeka, KS
The festivities began with Signature Drink Challenge. Six baristas went head-to-head in a “Chopped” influenced competition using PT’s Southpaw espresso blend and three surprise ingredients: orange slice candy, fresh lime, and a cinnamon stick. Holly Bastin of Roast Ratings, Reagan Petrehn of 1900 Barker, and PT’s own QC Grader, Maritza Taylor judged the competition.
Adrienne Anderson of Post Coffee Co. was the winner!
The Latte Art Throwdown was judged by Kiersten Rex of Messenger Coffee, Joel Bigelow of Arrow Coffee, and Ben Helt of Midwest Coffee Co.
- 1st Place: Ian Walla of 1900 Barker
- 2nd Place: Leah Shinkle of PT’s Coffee
- 3rd Place: Elaine Rodriguez of PT’s at College Hill
PT’s Coffee would like to thank the following sponsors for the prizes and swag:
- Baratza for the Encore Grinder
- Saint Anthony Industries for the custom Sergeant Apron
- notNeutral for the Lino Latte Set and Ciclone Glasses
- About the Coffee for the sweet custom Pitchers and Tampers
- La Marzocco for the swag
- Barista Magazine for the swag and subscriptions for the winners
- Synesso for the swag
- Blue Collar Press for the custom Tees
- Happy Basset Brewing Co. for the beer
- Norseman Brewing Co. for the beer
Shoutout to Dakota Graff for photographing the event and to the Midwest coffee community for good vibes!
Boquete, Panama – December 10, 2012 I’ve been traveling to Panama for nearly a decade now. It’s one of my favorite trips each year. The producers here are very educated, up to date the latest farming and processing techniques, agronomy and the science of coffee. So I took it as one of my many goals… Continue Reading
I got one of “those” emails a few weeks back that seemed a little strange at first . It was a “last chance offer” to respond to an opportunity from Google. Apparently a representative of Google had tried unsuccessfully the prior week to reach me via email only I didn’t respond. I hate it when… Continue Reading
Republished with permission by Mike Perry, Klatch Roasting One of the great things about the coffee industry is the friendships and relationships. Even though we all compete and strive for the perfect roast or espresso, we still work together and help each other out. Often we travel together and even buy lots of coffee together.… Continue Reading
El Salvador Cup of Excellence supporters – Nine years ago when El Salvador joined the Cup of Excellence family, many nay-sayers said that this country could not identify small farms and did not produce the kind of unique quality that was worthy of a Cup of Excellence award. El Salvador has always had great processing… Continue Reading
Big news for another one of our Direct Trade partners. Juan Diego De La Cerda of Guatemala – Finca El Socorro y Anexos – finished in the top 5 of the Coffee of the Year competition when the winners were announced by the Specialty Coffee Association of America and the Roasters Guild yesterday. I just… Continue Reading
I was enjoying a rare day off at origin today – in Panama City this time – when all of the sudden I began to get these nagging feelings of guilt about not updating our PT’s blog more often. I hate it when that happens! A self imposed guilt trip ruining a perfectly good day… Continue Reading
Finca El Socorro, Guatemala In 2010 we introduced you to a Guatemalan offering that we at PT’s were thrilled to launch as our newest Direct Trade Relationship coffee. Finca El Socorro Maracaturra made it’s way into our roasting plant mid September and was gone before we knew it. As sad as we were to see… Continue Reading
What an exciting visit to Finca Mercedes last week, even if it was a little different than first anticipated. Normally we are eager just to see the quality of coffee this farm continues to produce. This year we got a little added excitement. One member of our traveling party awoke early to the sound of… Continue Reading