The coffee culture in Phoenix is growing and it’s exciting to watch. There’s usually a latte art competition once a quarter that always draws quite a crowd, as in this last week’s competition on November 6, 2014.
Thirty-two local baristas came together to throw down for some amazing prizes sponsored by local and national coffee companies.
The event was organized by Perry Czopp who works hard at developing the Phoenix coffee culture and community. (If you are a Phoenix area local, he also partners with a couple friends in a cold brew delivery company called Silent Flight Coffee, that you should check out: www.SilentFlight.Coffee .)
I had the privilege of being asked by Perry to judge at this competition. Such an honor to get to participate in this local coffee community event. I got to see first hand all the talent, and drink the cappuccino results along with all those who showed up.
Seriously, endless free cappuccinos made by the best of the best in Phoenix is reason enough to show up.
But it goes further. It’s about community.
Showing up to this event meant for some of us hanging out with your coworkers who share the same passion as you, and for all of us, a reunion of all your barista and local friends.
One of my goals this year was to become more apart of the local community and coffee community, and since my first throwdown I attended in January in which I knew no one but those I came with, this goal has become a reality.
I’ve made a lot of friends along the way, and this past week made some new ones.
Friends that visit me while I barista, and friends I visit at my favorite specialty coffee shops that make me feel like Phoenix is home.
The event also draws local photographers who are passionate about coffee and capturing other art forms. This article features the photography of the very talented Kristine Morgan (http://kristinemorgan.com).
Another local photographer capturing the night and worth mentioning is a close friend of mine that is a talented film photographer and videographer: Will Fryar (http://willfryar.com/mobile).
It’s exciting to see our local community grow as we bond and support each other over our artistic expression. Definitely a sight in Phoenix I love seeing.