Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Throwdown For Java Junkies


I know that Renato and I cannot start our day with a nice cup (or two) of coffee. And, we're not alone. Daily consumption of espresso-based beverages has nearly tripled since 2008, according to the latest data from the 2016 National Coffee Drinking Trends (NCDT) report.

As a way to celebrate the coffee-love, on Tuesday, February 21 at 7 pm, Connecticut baristas will gather at Cafe Xpresso in Newtown for a caffeinated evening of latte art designs and creative espresso concoctions.

“We are excited to be hosting this event, " said Café Xpresso owner Marie Schlump, whose roadside coffee house, bakery and sustainable eatery features locally roasted coffee and Arethusa Farms dairy products in their coffee and espresso beverages, “It’s a true art form creating these milk foam designs and balancing flavors for the many innovative espresso drinks we’ve all been enjoying.”

Joining in the fun will be (to date) 15+ baristas, representing popular, as well as new cafés such as NEAT, The Granola Bar, Source Coffee, New Morning Market, Café Dolce, N2 Coffee, and of course, Café Xpresso. Also competing in this winter warm-up are local latte art hobbyists and coffee lovers.

Primarily judged on creativity for latte art, and balance, flavor, and creativity for espresso drinks, participants will be presenting their works of art to local coffee roasters, the media, and food industry professionals. Prizes will be supplied by Saccuzzo Coffee Co. and Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea.

The best part is that the general public is welcome! Café Xpresso will be serving samples from their from-scratch menu. So, grab a cup of joe and a snack and watch the caffeinated fun.

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7 pm
Cafe Xpresso
150 South Main Street, Newtown, CT
www.cafexpressonewtown.com

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