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Barista challenge this week in Tacoma

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on Jan. 6, 2009 at 6:12 am | No Comments »
January 6, 2009 6:12 am

Baristas will brew their finest this week in the ultimate coffee comp – the Northwest Regional Barista Competition, Friday through Sunday at Tacoma’s Temple Theatre (details on the “read more” button).

It will be the first coffee competition for Zachary Marvick, a local artist and barista at Tacoma’s Satellite Coffee. He also brews at Black Water in Tacoma, but for this competition, he’s representing Satellite.

"I just hope to do a good job," said a Marvick, who has crafted espresso and coffee drinks since 1999.

His first job was making espresso at Queen Anne Thriftway, where he met and worked with A.J. Anderson., who would go on to start Tacoma’s Valhalla Coffee. Marvick also worked as a barista in Manhattan before returning to Tacoma.

The 50 competitors have 15 minutes to make four espressos, four cappuccinos and four signature drinks, which judges taste and rate. The event is hosted by Dillanos Coffee Roasters in Sumner and sponsored by the Specialty Coffee Association. It’s the oldest regional barista competition of its kind. Competitors can go from this regional competition to the nationals, and then the World Barista Championships.

"Doing it under the time restraint and talking to the judges, it’s a little intimidating," said Marvick. He said he’s been madly brewing in preparation. "Since I’ve never competed before, I’m a little nervous. I feel pretty well prepared. I was training at Stumptown (the coffee roasters that supply coffee to Satellite) this week."

Marvick said he’s never had to come up with his own signature drink. He researched ingredients and thinks he’s got an impressive winner. We’ll tell you about it after the competition, we don’t want to be the spoilers.

Northwest Regional Barista Competition

When: Friday through Sunday. Doors at 9:30 a.m., baristas will compete from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The top six will compete Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The awards ceremony is 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Temple Theater, 47 Saint Helens Ave. Tacoma

Details: Free and open to the public

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