1. Specialty Drink

    Sensory scoresheet for the Specialty Drink category. There’s not a unique technical scoresheet for this category. If espresso is involved, the Espresso Technical Scoresheet will be used; if brewed coffee is involved, the Brewed Coffee Technical Scoresheet will be used.

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  2. Espresso

    Sensory and technical scoresheet for the Espresso Drink category in the Chattanooga Coffee Throwdown.

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  3. Brewed Coffee

    Here are the technical and sensory scoresheets for the Brewed Coffee category, which is exactly what judges will be using to critique each Brewed Coffee routine.

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  4. Competition Rules

    The rules are kind of lengthy, but it’s a good idea to read through them if you are planning on competing.

    The Chattanooga Coffee Throwdown is a competition where competitors may compete in 3 categories: Brewed Coffee, Espresso Drink, and Specialty Drink categories. A preliminary round will involve manual brewed coffee and espresso and will determine who will compete in either category. Once competitors are past the preliminary round, they will have the option to present a specialty drink during the finals round.

    Coffee/Drink Restrictions

    1)    Coffee may not have any additives such as flavor or sweeteners until after extraction.

    2)    Coffee must be served at a reasonable drinking temperature for the judges.

    3)    All ingredients must be disclosed to the judges upon request, and may contain no illegal substances.

    Brewed Coffee Rules

    1)    Only coffee and water may be used for consumption.

    2)    The entirety of the brewed coffee must be demonstrated for the judges.

    3)    A timespan of 7 minutes is allowed for this presentation

    Espresso Drink Rules

    1)    Each drink must contain at least one single shot of espresso

    2)    Extraction time between a pair of espressos must be +/- 3.0 seconds.

    3)    Drinks may be served with any type of unflavored dairy milk, as well as unflavored soy or almond milk, and may be served hot or cold.

    4)    Drinks may not contain any other additives besides coffee, water, and milk or milk substitute.

    5)    A timespan of 5 minutes is allowed for this presentation.

    Specialty Drink Rules

    1)    Coffee must be a central, palatable ingredient, but does not have to be the most forward ingredient.

    2)    The use of cold brewed coffee must be monitored by a judge at the start of the brew, during any interaction throughout, and while the brew is decanted.

    3)    A timespan of 5 minutes is allowed for this presentation

    Competition Rules

    1)    Competitors will be judged by 3 sensory judges and 1 technical judge.

    2)    Each single category of drinks must contain the same coffee. The coffee can change among categories, however.

    3)    A house coffee is available to use, but competitors are strongly urged to bring their own coffee.

    Preliminary Round

    1)    Competitors will have the choice to compete in Espresso Preliminary or Brewed Coffee Preliminary or both.

    2)    Espresso Preliminary consists of pulling 4 shots (2 double shots) of espresso for evaluation by the judges.

    3)    Brewed Coffee Preliminary consists of manually brewing a coffee and serving it to 3 judges.

    4)    4 competitors will move on from the Espresso Preliminary and 4 from the Brewed Coffee Preliminary. An exception will be made if there are not at least 6 competitors moving on. In that case, the competitor(s) with the next highest score in either Brewed Coffee or Espresso will move on.

    Finals Round

    1)    Competitors may only compete in any of the following 3 categories one time: Brewed Coffee, Espresso Drink, and Specialty Drink.

    2)    Competitors must serve one category of drinks at a time (in any order), but they can be served to multiple judges each time. Attending to or preparing the Brewed Coffee or Specialty Drink is allowed at any time during the time limit (see Competition Procedure.)

    3)    Competitors may serve each judge only one drink to be judged per category. Other drinks and pairings may be served but will not be judged.


    Equipment Rules

    1)    No liquids may be placed, poured, or handled on top of the espresso machine.

    2)    Competitors may not change or adjust any element of the espresso machine.

    3)    The following items will be available for use by the competitors:

    -Nuova Simonelli 2 Group Appia (2011) espresso machine with portafilter, tamper, and steaming pitchers

    -Fetco CBS 2042E (for hot water)

    -Bunn G3 Grinder

    -Baratza Encore Grinder

    -Mazzer Espresso Grinder

    -Mini Mazzer Espresso Grinder

    -Bonavita Variable Temperature Kettle

    -Scales

    Preliminary Round Equipment Rules

    1)    If competing in Espresso Preliminary, competitors must use the espresso machine supplied and may bring their own grinder and coffee.

    2)    If competing in Brewed Coffee Preliminary, competitors must bring their own brewing device and filter (if necessary) and may bring their own coffee.

    Finals Round Equipment Rules

    1)    Competitors must use the espresso machine supplied.

    2)    Competitors may either use the grinders provided or bring their own, or may use one of the grinders provided and only one additional grinder (max of 2 grinders)

    3)    In addition to grinders, competitors may bring only 2 other electrical devices for the use of specialty drinks. Competitors must ensure they have all necessary adapters and plugs for equipment and that the equipment is functional previous to competing.

    4)    Competitors will be responsible for bringing all other equipment besides what will be provided for them. The following items may be brought by the competitor, but are not necessary:

    -Coffee

    -Grinder

    -Blender

    -Additional electrical equipment (2 max)

    -Tamper

    -Steaming Pitcher

    -Milk

    -Shot Glasses

    -Cups and Saucers

    -Spoons

    -Any specific utensils required

    -All equipment/accessories required for signature beverage

    -Napkins

    -Water and Water Glasses

    -Bar Towels

    -Cleaning Supplies

    -Trays for serving drinks to judges

    -All accessories for judge’s presentation table

    Competition Procedure

    1)     The competition will consist of 2 rounds: Preliminary (all entrants), and Finals (4 Brewed Coffee finalists and 4 Espresso Drink finalists; or no fewer than 6)

    2)    An Equipment Orientation Day will be open to all competitors before the competition and will allow each competitor to use the grinders and espresso machine to become familiar with them.

    Preliminary Round

    1)    Each competitor will be given a start time and station number.

    2)    Competitors will be given 10 minutes, which includes prep time.

    3)    Competitors must serve each judge one drink.

    Finals Round

    1)    Each competitor will be given a start time.

    2)    For categories involving espresso, each competitor will be guaranteed 5 minutes with an espresso grinder and the espresso machine before their routine on competition day, which will remain unaltered by anyone but the competitor until the end of their routine.

    3)    Competitors will be allotted 7 minutes if competing in the Brewed Coffee category, 5 minutes if competing in the Espresso Drink category, and 5 minutes if competing in the Specialty Drink category.

    4)    Competing in multiple categories will cause allotted time to be combined, with the following combinations allowed:

    ·       10 minutes for competing in Espresso Drink and Specialty Drink categories.

    ·       12 minutes for competing in either Brewed Coffee and Espresso Drink categories or Brewed Coffee and Specialty Drink categories

    ·       17 minutes for competing in all 3 categories

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  5. Chattanooga’s first barista competition. Poster design by Joda Thongnopnua.

    Chattanooga’s first barista competition. Poster design by Joda Thongnopnua.

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  6. Our first official Chattanooga Coffee Club event!
When I ask most people to name a city associated with coffee the  immediate response is Seattle.  Every now and then someone who know a  little something about coffee may say Portland or, since 2009, maybe  even New York.  The one city that often gets overlooked is San  Francisco.  Yet San Francisco has one of the highest concentrations of  high quality roasters and coffee companies anywhere in the world.  So this event will focus on the City by the Bay.  A city known more for its chocolate, Asian food,  and trollies than for its outstanding coffee.  In order to appreciate  the scope of San Francisco’s coffee scene we will cup and brew coffees  from five different roasters:  Blue Bottle Coffee  |  http://bit.ly/jrjSIo Ritual Coffee Roasters  |  http://bit.ly/jsMWMh Fourbarrel  |  http://bit.ly/l7rSbL Verve Coffee Roasters  |  http://bit.ly/jFJg7P Sightglass Coffee  |  http://bit.ly/m06Cxv
The event will be hosted at Velo Coffee Roasters on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 7pm.There will be a $5 cover charge to cover the cost of the coffee.

    Our first official Chattanooga Coffee Club event!

    When I ask most people to name a city associated with coffee the immediate response is Seattle. Every now and then someone who know a little something about coffee may say Portland or, since 2009, maybe even New York. The one city that often gets overlooked is San Francisco. Yet San Francisco has one of the highest concentrations of high quality roasters and coffee companies anywhere in the world.

    So this event will focus on the City by the Bay. A city known more for its chocolate, Asian food, and trollies than for its outstanding coffee. In order to appreciate the scope of San Francisco’s coffee scene we will cup and brew coffees from five different roasters:

    Blue Bottle Coffee | http://bit.ly/jrjSIo
    Ritual Coffee Roasters | http://bit.ly/jsMWMh
    Fourbarrel | http://bit.ly/l7rSbL
    Verve Coffee Roasters | http://bit.ly/jFJg7P
    Sightglass Coffee | http://bit.ly/m06Cxv

    The event will be hosted at Velo Coffee Roasters on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 7pm.

    There will be a $5 cover charge to cover the cost of the coffee.

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  7. Bikes & Baristas will be our Chattanooga Coffee Club pre-launch  event! Partnering with Andrew Gage at Velo Coffee, we will host a  city-wide latte art competition and in the process introduce the idea  and vision of CCC. 
Come out on July 2nd to enjoy a great showing of Chattanooga’s  barista talent. Ride a bike to the event and get 10% off a bag of Velo  Coffee!

    Bikes & Baristas will be our Chattanooga Coffee Club pre-launch event! Partnering with Andrew Gage at Velo Coffee, we will host a city-wide latte art competition and in the process introduce the idea and vision of CCC. 

    Come out on July 2nd to enjoy a great showing of Chattanooga’s barista talent. Ride a bike to the event and get 10% off a bag of Velo Coffee!

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