Espresso shot throwdown at the Rad Stash

20May09
The coffee grounds from our cupping overflow onto the counter. Kyle Wheeler helped me plan the jam, note his awesome t-shirt from 2% Jazz in Victoria.

The coffee grounds from our cupping overflow onto the counter. Kyle Wheeler, seen here, helped me plan the jam. Check out his awesome t-shirt from 2% Jazz, in Victoria.

Espresso was flowing on Sunday in the Radio Station Café’s barista jam. It was a hot day, and was even hotter behind the espresso machine as Vancouver’s best baristas pulled shots after shot—three practice ones and the fourth went to the judges: Robert Csar from JJ Bean and Mark Prince who runs one of the best coffee websites on the net.

We used Moja’s espresso, a complex blend that was challenging to work with but it made pulling a good shot even more rewarding.
There was usually a long line of nice cameras documenting the jam, and the camera I was using was low on battery power, so I didn’t take too many shots. Here are a few that I did take:

Asuka Yoshimoto came down from the Blenz at Vancouver Public Library's main branch downtown. There are some very dedicated baristas at that shop.

Asuka Yoshimoto came down from the Blenz at Vancouver Public Library's main branch downtown. There are some very dedicated baristas at that shop.

Brandy from JJ on Powell pulled a stunning shot and handed it to the judges with an excited outline of the flavours they could expect in the shot. She made it into the final round.

Brandy from JJ on Powell pulled a stunning shot and handed it to the judges with an excited outline of the flavours they could expect in the shot. She made it into the final round.

Brandy's final shot pours into the presentation cups.

Brandy's final shot pours into the presentation cups.

After nearly two hours and 11  baristas, the field was narrowed down to three finalists:

Finalists-web

Brandy from JJ, David from Moja and Spencer from JJ relaxing before the final shots were thrown down.

Spencer took the belt home… And we headed over to the Irish Heather for a pint or two. Want to see some better coverage?

Check out vancouvercoffee.ca, robertcsar.ca or cleanhotdry.com

-Jeremy

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One Response to “Espresso shot throwdown at the Rad Stash”

  1. 1 Daniel

    That shot of Kyle combined with the “Rad Stash” title is so awesome. Glad the event turned out in the end!


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