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Coeur Coffeehouse hosts latte throwdown

Mike Garrison first noticed the art deco building with the corner door on a drive to Spokane Art Supply.

He didn’t have plans for a business, but the space somehow convinced him that he needed to open Coeur Coffeehouse. Garrison, who grew up in Coeur d’Alene, settled on plans to sell coffee from Portland’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters while remodeling and repairs were finished at 701 N. Monroe St.

Garrison wanted the most ethically sourced coffee he could find and liked Stumptown’s commitment to forging relationships with coffee growers and paying higher than fair-trade prices.

Coeur Coffeehouse uses local milk from Spokane’s Family Farm and baristas make syrups from scratch. In addition to espresso, Coeur Coffeehouse offers popular slow-brewing methods, including Chemex and Aeropress. Stumptown Coffee is sold by the pound.

Garrison and the Coeur Coffeehouse crew will host the latest round of the latte art and brewing competition for local baristas Thursday. Thursday Night Throwdown: Inland Northwest starts at 7 p.m. Local baristas are invited and must register by 6 p.m. Coffee lovers can come taste the results of the battle.

Coeur Coffeehouse is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday Night Throwdown tonight at Indaba

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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