The SoCal Coffee Community Keeps Building, Thanks to the Inland Empire TNTs
Our pal Andrew Oliveros ”a super terrific photographer as well as coffee lover ”has been great about keeping us up-to-date on the cool happenings going on with the Inland Empire TNTs (IETNT). The second-to-last one of the inaugural IETNT season took place last week, and to say the excitement is building for the season’s grand finale ”scheduled for April 2 at Klatch Coffee’s new roastery ”would be a serious understatement.
Check out what happened last week, and join us in getting pumped for the April 2 event. It’s gonna be huge!
REPORTING & PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW OLIVEROS
March 12 was our second-to-last event of the first IETNT season. Hosted by Torch Coffee Roasters in Riverside, Calif., the event filled the space with what felt like a good hundred people gathered for coffee, food, live music, and a throwdown. During sign-ups, Torch offered a bar service where our audience and competitors could sample a range of drinks as made by IETNT founder, Gabe Venegas. We were fortunate to also have, throughout the night, food courtesy of Wahfles Desserts & Coffee in LaVerne, Calif. Before the competition began, local band, the Vast Alps performed a short set to get everyone excited for the night. Running a bracket of 20 led to rounds moving very fast. However, the event had a very intimate feel ”not because of number of people, but because it felt more like everyone was participating in some way. It wasn’t just an event we’d organized, but an event that belonged to all of us who were there, if that makes sense.
For information about the upcoming finale Inland Empire TNT event, visit the organization’s official Facebook page.