Updated: Oct 2
Back in August, we débuted our first-ever Barista Throwdown event, held at our Wantagh location on the 28th. The event featured the participation of baristas across NYC and Long Island, including our Plainview location's very own Sokratis Paltoglou, who was there to represent TFW! Baristas went head-to-head to showcase their talents, while attendees watched and participated in raffles, with prizes provided by our sponsors Barista Magazine, La Marzocco USA, Procreate Coffee, and Espresso State of Mind.
Hosting duties went to none other than Joseph Gonzalez, Espresso State of Mind's effusive co-founder, whose running commentary thrilled throughout; whilst judging duties were done by Flux Coffee's Marc Chiusano, Mongo's Coffee's Marquis Monzon, and TFW's head barista himself, Fotis Poziadis. Our winner and runners-up were Daniel Mentado, Nicole Guasch, and Troy Chuai.
Here are some video highlights from the evening: