Registration for an upcoming barista competition is now open. (Photo: MGNOnline)

Leaders of fitness and wellness facility Thrive Studio and Cafe will soon host the Chattanooga Coffee Throwdown, a barista competition aimed at recognizing and celebrating espresso beverage preparation and manual coffee brewing. 

“The goal of the Chattanooga Coffee Throwdown is to connect baristas and coffee aficionados in the area. We hope to foster an environment where coffee professionals can learn from each other and grow the coffee culture of Chattanooga,” David Snyder, Thrive Cafe barista and one of the organizers of the event, said in a prepared statement. 

The Chattanooga Coffee Club will sponsor the event, which will involve professional and amateur baristas competing in three categories—espresso, specialty and brewed coffee drinks.

“This is a perfect complement to the fun and creative atmosphere here at Thrive Studio," Kim Gavin, Thrive Studio co-owner, said in a prepared statement. "We are excited to host the Coffee Throwdown and help promote the art of coffee throughout the Chattanooga area. Our goal is to build healthy bodies and happy minds, and I can’t think of anything that makes me happier than a delicious coffee drink made by a skilled barista.”

The competition is similar to the United States Barista Championship, although it is not a sanctioned event. But the winners will get a cash prize. 

It costs $10 to register, and each competitor will be required to attend a March 3 orientation meeting, as well as the preliminary round on March 10, prior to the championships on March 17.

To register, contact David Snyder at or call 605-3125.

Spectators are also encouraged to attend on March 10 from 2 to 6 p.m. and again on March 17 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Admission is free, and there will be door prizes and other activities during the final round.  

Updated @ 8:33 a.m. on 2/19/13 to fix a broken hyperlink.