Coffee Showdown in Albany

baristaNot all baristas are created equally, or so the staff at Allann Bros franchise believes. For the second year in a row, the finest Allann Bros java slingers have volunteered, like tributes, to determine once and for all which local store has the greatest coffee acumen this coming Saturday, Oct. 15. They claim it’s a “friendly competition” but you know how these things go. One minute, it looks like any other friendly milk-frothing contest and the next all hell breaks loose.

Contestants will be judged on the taste, accuracy, artistry, and speed of their handiwork—and rather than waste the fruits of their labor, the drinks will be given to whichever lucky spectator is nearest during final judgment. There will also be door prizes and crowd participation during the judging process.

Representing our very own 2nd Street location in Corvallis, and in alliance with the Albany location, is Team Has Beans. Manager and coach Sam is doing her best to prepare her troops for battle against rivals from Eugene and Salem. She knows the competition will be tough but believes her team is ready to throw down come Saturday.

In addition to the sweet glory of victory and a year’s worth of bragging rights, the winning team will attend the next Coffee Fest in Portland. There may or may not also be a trophy with a golden portafilter involved.

The competition takes place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 at The Beanery on 1852 Fescue Street in Albany. Admission is free.

By Jason Campbell