We are very pleased to announce to you all the latest in Atlanta latte art throwdown action: the Dixie Cup! Inspired by our D.C. brethren, the Dixie Cup will be a latte art tournament that will span over the next fourth months. Four throwdowns will be held once a month with the final round being in May. Competitors will earn points based on how well they do over the next four months at the various TNTs. Whoever has the most points after the final TNT in May will receive a variety of extra, awesome prizes.
We’re still ironing out some details, but we do have two pieces of information for you. Firstly, our February TNT and launch of the Dixie Cup will be held at the grand re-opening of Safehouse Coffee Roasters on Friday, February 15th. We’re very excited that these beloved members of the southeast coffee community are going to be back up to full strength, and can’t wait to celebrate with them! Sign-ups for the throwdown will start at 7:30pm, and pouring will start around 8:30. In addition, our pouring will be done to the soundtrack of a live bluegrass band! It’s going to be awesome! Did I mention we’ll be steaming milk on a Slayer?
The other piece of information we need to share is scoring. TNTs will still be formatted in the World Cup style, that most of are used to at this point. For those new to the World Cup scoring system, it works like this. There are two main rounds: group stage and knock-out stage. The group stage is the first stage, and competitors will be broken up into groups of 4. Each competitor will pour head-to-head against the 3 other competitors in their group. Two judges will judge the pours against each other. The winner of each head-to-head will get 3 points, the loser gets zero points. If the judge’s decision is split, each competitor will get a point. After each competitor has poured against the other three competitors in their group, the points will be totaled and the two competitors with the most points will move on to the knock-out stage. A total of eight competitors will move to the knock-out stage. The knock-out stage is single, where there will be 3 judges, so no can be no ties. The top 8 will turn into 4, which will turn into 2, and then we’ll have a winner.
This format is nothing new, but here’s where it gets interesting. Competitors will get Cup points for various accomplishments in each throwdown.
- 1 point for making it to the knock out stage
- 2 points for 4th place
- 3 points for 3rd place
- 4 points for 2nd place
- 5 points for 1st place
- Bonus point for winning your group in the group stage
So just to clarify, if the winner of the whole throwdown also won their group, they would have 6 points in the Dixie Cup.
We’re very excited about these new events and can’t wait to get going! More details about prizes and sponsors will be coming soon…