Results: Winter Barista Jam 2011

February 21, 2011

Steve Belt and Walter the Bus

If you missed Saturday night’s Barista Jam, you missed out on a great time on so many levels.  First, the turn out was awesome.  We had the biggest turn out I have seen at a Barista Jam ever.  My sincere thanks to all of the fans and amazing customer’s of Echo Coffee.  Everyone I talked to had a great time, with most people staying all the way to the end of the competition.  As well, Walter the Bus was a HUGE hit.  If you missed the chance to get a picture of yourself standing next to Walter, or hear the awesome sound system, or see the cool laser lights, you owe it to yourself to seek him out in the future, because quite frankly, Walter is cool.

As for the competition, I think we saw the best demonstration of skill I’ve seen yet in the Phoenix area.  We had 12 competitors, and by and large, they were pouring some amazing drinks (with no etchings in sight).   The best in the business were pouring tulips left and right, which had the judges splitting hairs to declare a victor.

The top 4 competitors  poured off in a head-to-head playoff, with Jason Calhoon (formerly of Bookmans) taking home first prize of a custom tamper and knockbox from Espresso Parts.  Adriana from Press Coffee took second prize and walked away with two tickets to the new super luxury iPic Theaters in North Scottsdale.  Third place and a stainless steel Bodum french press went to Alex also from Press Coffee.

Latte Art from Winter Barista Jam 2011

Congratulations and thanks to all of the competitors for sharing their amazing talent with us.  Special thanks to John from Coffee Reserve for donating the iPic Tickets and agreeing to be a judge; Ron from Cortez Coffee for donating coffee, a Starbucks Gift card, and agreeing to be a judge; and most especially Kirk for bringing Walter the Bus, donating the beer, and agreeing to be a judge.

FYI, we plan to hold our summer Barista Jam in August, so if your schedule didn’t allow you to attend this one, we hope you’ll be available then.

Barista Jam 2011 at Echo Coffee

February 5, 2011

Echo Coffee will be hosting it’s second Barista Jam on February 19th, 2011, from 7pm – 10pm.  Co-sponsored by Walter the Bus and Cortez Coffee, this is an event you simply will not want to miss.  For details, check out the event page at: Echo Coffee Barista Jam 2011.

Ignite Phoenix Viewing Party

June 10, 2010

Ignite PhoenixFriday, June 11th, Ignite Phoenix #7 will be taking place at the Phoenix Art Museum in downtown Phoenix. The event is sold out, so if you don’t have tickets but are wishing you could attend we have an alternative for you, particularly if you are in Scottsdale: Come over to the shop and watch the live stream of Ignite Phoenix #7 at our own live stream party. The first presentation kicks off at 6pm, but you might want to get here early for a good seat.

I imagine most of you haven’t heard of Ignite Phoenix, and you may be asking, “What’s the big deal?” or “What is Ignite Phoenix?“  For many people, Ignite Phoenix is just a fun event to hang out for a few hours and potentially be inspired to try something new.  However, for me personally, Ignite Phoenix holds a special place in my passion center, because it was watching the very first Ignite Phoenix via live stream that sparked my interest in creating Echo Coffee. For more about that story check out this post on Ignite Phoenix’s site.

Suffice it to say, however, if you enjoy being inspired by the many diversified passions from people in the Phoenix area, attending or viewing an Ignite Phoenix event is probably just what you need.

See you here.