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Revenge of the Coffee Nerds: baristas espresso themselves in local competition

Sarah Barnett aka Mama Mocha says bring it, don't fling it.

Do you think your tongue knows the difference between coffee beans grown in Ethiopia and coffee beans grown in Tanzania? Do you like kitten faces carved into your cappuccino foam? Do you know what a barista is (WordPress spell check sure doesn’t)? If so, stop hugging yourself — you’re not alone.

On Thursday, people just you like will gather at The Gnu’s Room to witness and participate in Auburn’s first ever (organized) coffee-making competition: Auburn Barista Throwdown.

All the cute what-can-I-get-for-yous around town will be judged on the quality of their drinks, on the presentation of their drinks, and – my favorite part – on the music they play while preparing their drinks (10 words: “Sex and Candy” by Marcy’s Playground on a continual loop).

Books at the Gnu’s Room will be half-price (which means, as previously stated, that they’re basically giving them away), and in case the coffee makes you too sober, Fine Wine and Beer by Gus is providing free (with ID) intoxication.

Offbeat Auburn‘s Kelly Walker recently sat down for an interview with event organizer, entrepreneurial wunderkind and Auburn’s own espresso impresario Sarah Barnett and, no joke, it’s inspiring. (Though I’m personally still behind Tina’s suggestion for the name: Iron Barista).

Mama Mocha’s Coffee Roastery’s Barista Throwdown happens in The Gnu’s Room (414 S. Gay St.) in the Shops @ Southside on Thursday, August 19th beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

About Jeremy Henderson

Jeremy Henderson is the editor of The War Eagle Reader and co-host of Rich and Jeremy in the Mornings on Wings 94.3 FM in Auburn. Follow him on Twitter: @wareaglereader / @jerthoughts / @RichandJeremy

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