Sydney’s Biggest Latte Art Throwdown; The Throw At Single O.

Single Origin Roasters - Throw at Single O - crowd
It’s not everyday that you turn your roastworks floor into a latte art competition stage for 36 baristas, a panel of judges and 300 spectators, with pigs on spits, kegs of beer, side challenges, prizes and what not.

But hey, try anything once, right?

Single Origin Roasters - Throw at Single O - crowd
And so it went that on Friday November 8th, we held the Throw At Single O – La Marzocco Barista Throwdown, which saw baristas from roasting houses and cafes across Sydney come together to battle it out on FB70s to win this baby…

Single Origin Roasters - Throw at Single O - La Marzocco GS3
…a GS/3 Paddle espresso machine generously donated by the night’s major partner, La Marzocco.

Single Origin Roasters - Throw at Single O - Michael Phillips
Mike Phillips of Handsome Coffee Roasters L.A. and WBC 2010 Barista Champion M.C.’ed as smooth as stretched milk.

Single Origin Roasters - Throw at Single O - wheel
Competitors’ latte art fate, be it a swan, heart, tulip, rosetta or multi-art, was determined by a spin of the ‘Wheel of Death’ (at the merciless hands of Sean, aka ‘Spin Reaper’).

Single Origin Roasters - Throw at Single O - juggler boys
Rounds were marked by the milk-maid and cow suited creators of The Juggler milk on tap system.

Single Origin Roasters - Throw at Single O - battered jug
Side challenges featured pours from Tools of Latte Art Destruction including a growler, beer bottle and green bean tray.

Single Origin Roasters - Throw at Single O -competition - Dan and and Matt

Single Origin Roasters - Throw at Single O - Dan and matt
Super-B competitors Dan Yee and Matt Perger got into a cock fight.

Single Origin Roasters - Throw at Single O - in action

Single Origin roasters Throw at Single O - art

Single Origin roasters Throw at Single O - competition

Single Origin roasters Throw at Single O - art
And let’s get around to the main comp and all the talent within it. The briefed and calibrated panels of judges were put through their paces with art from some of the best pourers across town. Round 1 saw 36 competitors cut down to 18 in a harsh head to head. Hearts broke, tulips wilted. Round 2 saw 18 competitors reduced to 6. Swans sank, multi art went down in a blaze of crema.

Single Origin Roasters - Throw at Single O - judging

Single Origin Roasters - Throw at Single O - timing

Single Origin roasters Throw at Single O - art

Single Origin roasters Throw at Single O - art
6 went to 3; Luke Barrett from Whitehorse, Matt Lakajeb from Coffee Brothers and Jibbi Rawirat T. from Pablo & Rusty’s boxed on.

Single Origin Roasters - Throw at Single O - finalists
Luke took 3rd place leaving Jibbi and Matt to battle it out with their double-headed swan and stepped tulip respectively. The crowd gathered in tight over the judging table, ooohed and ahhhed as the judges disappeared for what felt like bloody ages to make their final decision…

Single Origin Roasters - Throw at Single O - finals

Single Origin Roasters - Throw at Single O - final two
Jibbi! Crowned swan princess and winner of the Throw At Single O. Congrats Jibbi and to all baristas that competed.

Single Origin Roasters - Throw at Single O - winners

Single Origin Roasters - Throw at Single O - Jibby and Mike
Huge thanks to the sponsors and judges below, Mike Phillips, the entire Single O team and all the great Sydney coffee companies and cafes that got behind this event to celebrate Sydney’s amazing coffee community.

Try anything once? Yep. May even do it again.

Thanks To the Sponsors & Prize Givers

Single Origin Roasters - Throw at Single O -LaMarzocco
La Marzocco; Thanks for the incredible GS/3 machine prize, the 3 competition FB-70s, the judges gifts and the support from your awesome Sydney office. You guys have got it going on!

Biopak, Cafetto, H.A Bennetts & Origin Traders: Big thanks for helping to make it happen. Origin Traders for the competition coffee ‘Guatemala Café del Volcan’ and Kenya AA Machure Estate for guest giveaways. H.A. Bennetts for the ‘Colombia La Esperanza Yellow Bourbon’ competition coffee and guest giveaways. Biopak for all the cups and food trays. Thanks y’all!

Thanks also to Country Valley for the evening’s milk, Six Simple Machines for The Juggler, Sonoma for generous number of bread rolls, 4 Pines for the kegs and the emergency extra kegs, Three Blue Ducks for cooking some damn tasty dinner and Rising Sun for the wheel of death.

Single Origin Roasters - Throw at Single O - pigs on spit
Thanks to Appliance Maintenance for the door prize donation of the Vario grinder, to Beanscene magazine for the three 12-month subscriptions, Barista Magazine for the 12 month subscription, Three Blue Ducks for the cook books, the Good Café Guide for the guide book prizes and Sprudge’s coverage and photos of the night.

Single Origin Roasters - Throw at Single O - door prizes

Judges & MC Thanks

Thanks Michael Phillips for the epic MCing and thanks to the great panel of judges; Elisha Mauger, Tom Beaumont, Fay Kamanis, Andrew Tweddell, Michael Shafran, Elizabeth Meryment and Brent Williams.

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