Iron Tamper Competition a Battle of Coffee Creativity

by January 15, 2013 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

From Jonathan Riethmaier @DistrictBean or email him at jonathan[AT]


First Iron Tamper Competition. (Jonathan Reithmaier)

A remarkable culinary competition is making its way to DC this week as The Coffee Bar hosts the area’s first-ever Iron Tamper Competition.

The format of the event borrows from the popular Iron Chef shows and challenges the creativity of coffee professionals and foodie types in their ability to craft espresso-based drinks using any of three mystery ingredients.

The Iron Tamper Competition will be held Thursday, January 17, 7 to 10 pm, and is open to all, from seasoned baristas and bartenders to home cooks with a flair for creative ingredient combinations.

There’s a $5 fee to compete, or you can watch for free and enjoy the spirit of competition. The event is sponsored by Batdorf & Bronson, an Olympia, Wash., coffee roaster that has held similar events across the country where its coffee is sold.

The rules are simple. Each competitor is paired with another (at random), and the team has 10 minutes to make use of one or more of the secret ingredients to craft an espresso-based drink, which may be served hot or cold. The drinks are then judged for flavor and creative use of the ingredients. Prizes will be given to the top competitors.

Check out the action, or put your own skills to the test, this Thursday at the Iron Tamper Competition.

Iron Tamper Competition

  • Thursday, January 17
  • 7 to 10 pm
  • The Coffee Bar, 1201 S Street NW

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