Rosettas for Relief: Seattle, WA

10 cities nationwide will take part in the Rosettas for Relief, including: Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, Rhode Island, North Carolina, and even Vancouver, B.C!  Baristas from cafes of all shapes and sized will be getting together to raise money to aid the Haitian earthquake victims. The event? A latte art competition, without the ego. Each city will its own latte art competition, with baristas raising and donating $100 for the chance to compete and be crowned their city’s champion. The top three competitors from each city will then compete in a national event, which will be judged via Flickr. All proceeds will go to REBATI, a non-profit group convened specifically for this cause, with the aim of sending counsellors and mental health professionals to Haiti to help deal with the trauma of the quake’s disastrous aftermath.

The Pacific Northwest coffee community kicked off Rosettas For Relief in high style, coming together to raise $1,875.97!

Seattle’s event took place on February 20th and was hosted by the Coffee Enhancement Lounge (CEL) at Visions Espresso Supply in the SoDo district of Seattle. Each barista had 5 minutes to pour however many beverages they wanted and then submit their favorite to the judges. Judging for the evening were Sam Penix (creative genius behind Rosettas for Relief), Jared Mockli (15th Ave Coffee, American Barista Coffee School), Alex Negranza (Trabant Coffee, Why Not? Coffee). Designs were judged on three criteria: Contrast, Originality and Awesomeness!

Sponsoring the event were some great Pacific Northwest coffee folk, including:

Visions Espresso Supply & Service hosted the event and donated equipment (to use) and a Mypressi Twist (for the barista who raised the most money).

Espresso Parts donated two bottles of Espresso Parts cleaner and 2 sets of Espresso Parts demitasse cups and saucers, and other miscellaneous schwag.

Neptune Coffee Roasters donated 5 lbs of their espresso blend.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters donated 5 lbs of Hairbender and bags of their Rwanda Muyongwe, Burundi Kinyove, Kenya Gatomboya and Ethiopian Michelle, as well as a jar of their Anniversary Blend and an awesome wooden Stumptown art sign.

Kuma Coffee Roasters donated 10 bags of their coffee including their Easy Street Espresso, Kenya Muthewathi, and Guatemala Finca El Injerto.

Sunshine Dairy was the dairy sponsor for the evening and donated 25 1/2 gallons of whole milk. editors Zachary and Jordan were present to photograph the evening, as well as being all-around lovely men.

Competitors threw down some of the best latte art I’ve seen in Seattle. The strength and  support shown by the community in banding together for a common purpose was absolutely stunning. Baristas came, they conquered, and they did what they do best; gave to a greater good.

Huge thanks to the following competitors, who raised money via sponsorships and tips donations:

Lauren Aiello (Stumptown Coffee Roasters), Andrew Milstead (Urban Coffee Lounge), Darren Mcardell (Urban Coffee Lounge), Jody Robbins (Urban Coffee Lounge), Samuel Lewontin (Equal Exchange, Why Not? Coffee), Thomas Pikaart (Slayer, Visions Espresso), Pierce Young (Slayer, Top Pot Doughnuts), Mark Pfaff (Victrola Coffee Roasters), Sean (Victrola Coffee Roasters), Katie Hartline (Trabant Coffee & Chai, Fonte Coffee Roasters) and Melissa Harris (F0nte Coffee Roasters).

Also, a huge thanks to Sam Penix for taking the lead and organizing this incredible event nationwide, Sarah Dooley for throwing it all together in Seattle, and Daniel Humphries for being an amazing MC.

If you ever doubted Seattle, think again. =-)


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