A DAMN FINE SOURCE FOR COFFEE
What a night! Thursday was the first ever World Cup TNT and the last competition of the new year. The night was full of surprises, excitement, new faces, and awesome prizes. We had 24 competitors placed into 6 groups of 4, with the top finisher moving on to a knockout round. The group stage went by real quick with each barista pouring 3 times which meant 3 times the cheering, 3 times the glory, and 3 times the chance to spill your cup before showing the judges. Our group winners were Trevor from the champions Spain, Matt from Netherlands, Tim from France (OVERALL CHAMP!!), Kyrae repping the underdog USA, Justin with the favorites Brazil, and Liz out of England.
Lets check out some highlights from a great night of pours……
Tim from Filter won the knockout bracket over first timer Justin from Tryst. Congrats to Tim for dominating 2011 and Justin for a promising future in upcoming TNTs! Probably the biggest surprise of the night was that there are close to zero soccer supporters in the DC coffee scene. We cleverly continued with our themed masks for our judges to wear when competitors are presenting, to avoid any biases. This month the masks were soccer themed. Anyone out there know who our the men on the mask are??? (a little hint; think back to who the our judges are!)
Big thanks to all of our sponsors, supporters, and fans. 2011 was a great year for TNTs in DC and we are all looking forward for 2012 to be even bigger and better. Keep a lookout for more on 2012 but here is a sneak peak for those who can’t wait;
*Thanks to District Bean for the photo*