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Phoenix AZ – Latte Art Throwdown

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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.

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Thirty-two local baristas came together to throw down for some amazing prizes sponsored by local and national coffee companies.

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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 .)

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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.

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Seriously, endless free cappuccinos made by the best of the best in Phoenix is reason enough to show up.

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But it goes further. It’s about community.

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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.

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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.

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I’ve made a lot of friends along the way, and this past week made some new ones.

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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.

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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).

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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).

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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.

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