Coffee and Good Spirits Throwdown – Wellington Thursday 3 September

Event Date: 26th September, 2020

Auckland was epic – we tested the water with this new concept competition and thanks to our sponsors, we are bringing the party to Wellington.

Event: Coffee in Good Spirits Throwdown 2020
Location: Prefab Hall, 14 Jessie Street, Wellington
Date: Thursday 3 September 2020 5.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Entry: Free for spectators, competitors enter NOW!


RULES:

A night for the coffee & bartending community to catch up with a touch of coffee in good spirits thrown in. This is a limited ticket event for competitors to encourage responsible cocktail drinking. First in first served, so get your ticket to compete now!

Spectator tickets are free for supporters of the NZSCA and New Zealand coffee community. Come along and join the festive celebrations! Here is the link for free spectator tickets>

RULES:

You select your coffee and spirits for use on the night. With them, the Competitors will need to bring with everything they need to create their cocktails, two cocktails will be made in each round.

The warm and cold drink has an elective choice of espresso, filter or any brew method of choice, minimum 30ml in each drink. You may also use pre-prepared cold brew etc in your drinks.

You will prepare and present your two drinks to the three taste judges, some explanation of what the drink is and why it’s delicious would be good here! No explanation needed while making. Maximum 30-second final explanation.

Use any method, complexity, and recipe. 10 min time from set up to serving in all rounds.

Judged loosely on three sections: tastiness/nerdiness/fire and flair. The overall drink impression is based on ‘which one is the best?’

• First round: Competitors create a WARM Cocktail (filter or espresso)

• Second round: Competitors create a COLD Cocktail (filter or espresso)

• Final Round: Espresso Martini (espresso only). Competitors battle it out for the $1000 cash prize.

EQUIPMENT:

Stations: on each is one LM Mini espresso machine, one E65s Mahlkonig grinder, access to one EK grinder, one kettle, one ice bucket.

Tray with space for organisation prior in the backstage area.

Bring your own glassware, muddlers, mixers, stainless steel straws and costumes.

A briefing will be held at 4:00 pm to test grinders and set up your equipment etc. for the draw of competitors at 5:30 -ish. ALL COMPETITORS NEED TO BE PRESENT.

JUDGES:

Rounds have three taste judges and a head judge may be required if there are any clashes in which beverage tastes the best. The Head judges will assess the amount of coffee in each beverage.

Last round, the ultimate espresso martini round has three judges.

Thanks to our sponsors: Acme, La Marzocco, AMC Roastery Supply, Cameo Cafe Syrups and Garage Project.

With a limited number of competitors, there will be three knockout rounds comprising of warm, cold and ultimate espresso martini final round. You select your coffee and spirits for use on the night. Competitors will need to bring with them all they need to create their cocktails, two cocktails will be made in each round. There will be a fixed 30 second time limit to describe your drink to the judges.

Competitors may compete in two’s or three at the same time.

You select your coffee and spirits for use on the night. Competitors will need to bring with them all they need to create their cocktails, two cocktails will be made in each round.

The warm and cold drink has the elective choice of espresso, filter or any brew method of choice with a minimum 30ml in each drink.

Use any method, complexity, and recipe. A time limit applies: 10 (ten) mins total from set up to serving.

Judged loosely on three sections: tastiness/nerdiness/fire and flair. The winning overall drink impression of ‘which one is the best?’

• First round: Competitors create a WARM Cocktail (filter or espresso)

• Second round: Competitors create a COLD Cocktail (filter or espresso)

• Final Round: Espresso Martini (espresso only). Competitors battle it out for the $1000 cash prize.

EQUIPMENT:

Stations: on each is one LM Mini espresso machine, one E65s Mahlkonig grinder, access to one EK43 grinder, one kettle, one ice bucket. A tray will be available backstage for each competitor prior to the performance.

Bring your own glassware, muddlers, mixers, stainless steel straws and costumes.

JUDGES:

There will be taste judges per round and a head judge if required.  If there are any clashes in which beverage tastes the best, the head judge will have the final taste.  The Head judge will also assess the amount of coffee in each beverage.

If you’d like to volunteer: fill this form in>

COMPETITORS:

Please give a warm round of applause for the following who are going to shake it till they make it:

Alex Hobson

Sean Tiernan

Kent Thwaites

Katie Knight

Nico Refiti

Hayley Mcivor

Read about our competitors here>

We are looking forward to celebrating the amazing year of 2020 with this fun event before the Meadow Fresh NZ Barista Championship.

Thanks again to our sponsors: Cameo Cafe Syrups, Acme, La Marzocco, AMC Roastery Supply and Garage Project.