This is an updated post that was originally posted July 19th, 2013. This year’s offerings are Marcelino Katari Organic and Bolinda Organic Peaberry. I was working a bar shift at our cafe, PT’s at College Hill, when Jeff and Maritza told me that I would be taking my first farm trip. It was exciting, and I only had… 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!
This year we entered the Compak Golden Bean Roasters competition with a great line up of coffees. This event has been running successfully for nearly a decade in Australia and has been one of the key elements in the growth of the Australian coffee industry by way of rewarding the coffee roasters, the vital person in… Continue Reading
Each year we have the pleasure of bringing some of the highest caliber specialty coffees through our roasting facility. We believe in the connection between the quality of any one coffee and the producers and farmers who work long hours to actualize it. Just like your favorite type of produce, quality is tied to seasonality… Continue Reading
Our 2015 trip to El Salvador was bound to be unique, different and better in many ways than any of the other 20+ trips I’ve made through Central America. On this particular trip there would be tears shed and piercing screams. Men would be on their knees making indistinguishable sounds. Women would stop in their… Continue Reading
This story begins with one very tiny KIA Sportage, five coffee professionals, a cooler full of cold brewed Pacamara Natural, and a trunk packed with specialty coffee from our Colombian Direct Trade partners. Last weekend members of the PT’s crew hit the road heading east with one goal in mind – to share our love… Continue Reading
PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. is honored and delighted to announce that we are hosting specialty coffee producer Armando Benavides of Finca Santa Maria, a Direct Trade partner from Colombia. Benavides will be at our two retail cafés on Monday, April 6th, where he will discuss Colombian coffee production and the pursuit of his dream-turned-reality: growing… Continue Reading
One by one, the names of eight fierce competitors filled the vacant spots on the PT’s Challenge bracket. Competitors spent time getting to know the featured coffee and brew method. The outcome of this hard work: one kick-ass cup of coffee and a new champion. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty: this week’s… Continue Reading
We have a winner! The first PT’s Challenge went down this week at our roasting facility and we’re proud to announce Lara Prahm as champion. Featured Coffee: Palo Alto. Our featured coffee this week comes from Finca El Socorro in Guatemala. Owner Juan Diego de la Cerda goes above and beyond to consistently produce high quality… Continue Reading
Of the many things in life worthy of great love, coffee is near the top of the list. You love coffee. We love coffee. For many who don’t work in the coffee industry, it can be hard to find the time to explore all the different coffees and brew methods. Here’s the thing – you shouldn’t… Continue Reading