It's back, and bigger than ever! On Thursday, April 26, baristas from around the country will converge on Bowling Green, Ky., for the sixth annual event, formerly known as the Kentucky/Tennessee Latte Art Throwdown. Last year, we raised over $2,000 for the Center for Courageous Kids, a nonprofit camp that serves children and families with all sorts of special needs. This year, we're raising funds for The HIVE of Bowling Green, a young nonprofit that helps adults with mental and developmental disabilities find work, housing and independence.
Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Pacific Foods — makers of Barista Series alternative milks — we're stoked to offer a $4,000 prize pot for first, second and third, with matching donations to The HIVE! Meanwhile, all non-placing competitors will be eligible to win major prizes from the likes of Baratza, Acaia, Caffewerks, Barista Magazine, Prima Coffee, La Marzocco and more.
The bracket for this year's KYTNT is still set at a whopping 64, and we'll have two La Marzocco machines running full steam to keep the early rounds moving swiftly. And, thanks to the wonder of technology, you can reserve your spot in the bracket today, using the form to the right! We'll have beer on tap, food available from The Cheese Wagon's mobile kitchen, coffee from some of the region's finest roasters and much more.
Doors for the event will open at 5:30p Central time (baristas may enter a little sooner), with first pours starting at 6:30p. Buy-in for the throwdown is $10, and every single penny goes to the great work at The HIVE.
Baristas interested in competing may register here: https://spencersbg.typeform.com/to/DqQQjv
A few more details are at http://www.spencerscoffee.com/kytnt
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