words by Dimi Dimitrov, photos by Clarke Surrey Photo

The last SDTNT at Cafe Virtuoso was the coffee lovers vibe in the heart of Barrio Logan. As each attendee arrived they were able to feast their eyes upon multiple happenings and new offerings. 

  Cafe Virtuoso roastery is known for their organic coffee and now as a coffee training institute which offers barista and roasting classes and certifications. For the evening, the bar was taken over for the first time by Barista Tools And Techniques where everyone lined up to learn hands on skills and tips of the trade taught by Lindsay Bania.

To add to the festivities, Kaleb from Public Square was manning Brew Bar with a live brewing of Burundi Kinyovu. This coffee was featured as being produced and farmed by women who have been paid premium wages by a lovely team, JNP.

Two new local beverage companies were also part of the mix. Whalebird Kombucha was offering up samples of their oh-so-delicious Kombucha.

While Bevea unleashed it’s wild concoctions of tonics in tantalizing flavors.

All the while, the competition was getting underway with records spinning by DJ Dolorosa and live fine artist Mary Jhun was selling and showcasing her works full of florals and coffee brewing equipment.

  A few minutes passed and the bracket was up to 48 people. Virtuoso was transformed into a roomful of baristas and friends coming together to celebrate another magical night put on by San Diego Coffee Network with Kat on the mic.

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Judging pour after pour were Araceli from Intercontinental Coffee Trading, Jam from Copa Vida, and last month’s TNT winner Kendra from Nook. Excitement, tension and perseverance led to five rounds of knockouts with Manny from James Co. & Por Vida in 3rd place, Dimi from Parakeet Cafe in 2nd and the big winner of the night, Mary from Virtuoso! Thank you to all 48 competitors and everyone who attended! Join us for the next event at Coava Coffee for a cup tasters competition!

 From left to right: Manny from Por Vida in 3rd place, Mary from Cafe Virtuoso in 1st place, Dimi from Parakeet in 2nd place

From left to right: Manny from Por Vida in 3rd place, Mary from Cafe Virtuoso in 1st place, Dimi from Parakeet in 2nd place

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