Across party lines, this Charleston-based coffee competition was a hit.
Coffee experts and novices came together under one roof for an afternoon of tasting, learning and networking. Read more to learn about this dynamic, unique Southeastern coffee festival.
“You’re never gonna make this work,” he told me, “You’re gonna go out of business because nobody is going to wait this long for coffee.” And then he just walked out, leaving me alone in this great empty space. My heart was breaking; I was all by myself. And I was like, “Shit… what if he’s right?” (He wasn't)
Receiving an invite to Greenville Thursday Night Throwdown (GVLTNT) was a little like receiving an official Hogwarts letter- “Yer a coffee wizard, ‘Arry!”
The atmosphere was more akin to a rock concert than a low-key coffee shop get-together: thumping music, people sipping on beers, everyone packed together to stay close to the action and fans chanting the names of baristas as if they were rock stars. It was joked that the sharply-dressed male baristas should start a hipster boy band, since they obviously already possessed the ability to make crowds go wild.
Yesterday was National Coffee Day and I had the pleasure of spending a few hours with No Limit Larry & The Morning Maddhouse. Yep, you read that right: I was talking about coffee on Power 98 FM.
When the Greenville Thursday Night Throwdown Series (GVLTNT) was first formed, leaders Jonathon Sepulveda and Alex Medina wanted to help grow their coffee community and empower local baristas.