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Thursday Night Throwdown tonight at Indaba

The twice-baked almond croissant goes great with a latte at Taste Café and Gourmet to Go.  (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
The twice-baked almond croissant goes great with a latte at Taste Café and Gourmet to Go. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Latte lovers: Drop what you're doing tonight and head to Indaba Coffee, 1425 W. Broadway Ave., for the second Thursday Night Throwdown Inland Northwest.
 
Thursday Night Throwdown is a friendly competition to see who can make the best latte art - whether you're a home barista or a coffee professional. The events started as an informal way for coffee pros to show what they were doing in their own shops and cafes, but has grown into a phenomenon in cities across the country.
 
TNTINW was started by Aaron Monheim and Bobby Enslow of Indaba Coffee in West Central Spokane. Baratza, Equator Coffees and Teas, DOMA Coffee Roasting Company and Victrola Coffee have also helped contribute to TNT, making it possible to host the event through sponsorships.
 
Spokane's Keaton Violet, of Madeleine's Cafe and Patisserie in downtown Spokane, won last month's head-to-head competition. He'll defend the title tonight.
 
"It is judged by the people who show up," said Monheim. "It's really by a show of hands."
 
He said they didn't publicize the first TNTINW. "It was supposed to be a dry run," he said. But more than 35 people showed up for the event and 16 people competed.
 
They hope to have 24 people compete tonight. Qualifying rounds begin at 7 p.m. and the throwdown begins at 7:30 p.m. They'll also have an Aeropress competition tonight.
 
Monheim, who recently moved to Spokane, said he went to a Thursday Night Throwdown event in Seattle and thought it would be a great way to expand the coffee culture in Spokane.
 
They're planning the next TNTINW at the Doma Coffee headquarters in Post Falls. In July, it will be at Evans Brothers Coffee in Sandpoint and at Barracuda Coffee in the Tri-Cities in August.

There are more details about this at tntinw.wordpress.com or reach Monheim, who is the director of coffee education at Indaba Coffee, aaron@indabacoffee.com.




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