Calling all baristas: Reverie having a throwdown on Saturday

Are you among the hundreds of local coffee shop workers who steams milk like a boss and crafts a killer latte?

For $5, you can compete in Saturday night’s Midwest Barista Collective Barista Throwdown at Reverie Coffee Roasters, 2611 E. Douglas.

The event will feature local baristas steaming milk and using it to make a latte. A panel of judges will decide who did it best.

Andrew Gough, who owns Reverie, said he’s expecting about 30 competitors, including some from as far away as Garden City.

The goal is to make the throwdowns a monthly event in Wichita, Gough said. Spectators are invited to watch, and while they’re waiting, they can get dinner from The Flying Stove, which will be parked outside from 6 to 8 p.m.

Those who want to register can do so starting at 5:30 p.m. The fee is $5.  The first pour will be at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call 316-201-1144.

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Reverie putting on a coffee workshop

Reverie Coffee Roasters, a new coffee roasting/ brewing shop at 2611 E. Douglas, is putting on a coffee aroma and tasting workshop from 4:30 to 6 p.m.  on Saturday.

The hands-on workshop will be led by head roaster Rebecca McNelly and will include a formal coffee “cupping” and brewing technique demonstrations. Samples will be provided, too, and participants will get a copy of “33 Coffees” that will allow them to record tasting notes at home plus a half-pound of coffee and 10 percent off anything in the store.

Tickets are $35 and available at Reverie or over the phone by calling 316-616-4362.

Reverie’s grand opening is this weekend

Andrew Gough inside his new Reverie Coffee Roasters

My old pal Andrew Gough has gone from Wichita Eagle Dining Panelist to Coffee Connoisseur.

He just opened Reverie Coffee Roasters, a coffee roasting/ brewing shop at 2611 E. Douglas. I stopped by on Friday to take a look, and I can report that this place could be dangerous for coffee lovers, including me.

The tastefully decorated shop is just getting up and going, but its main function will be selling freshly roasted coffee beans. Andy showed me his collection of green-colored unroasted beans, his giant, high-tech looking roaster and his bins of the finished product, which sell for about $15 a pound.

He also has shelves and shelves of very cool coffee gadgets, including vacuum-sealing coffee bean holders, brewers, presses and cups.

The shop also serves coffee — specialty drinks and slow-brewed basics. That’s not the focus of the shop, but it has a nice coffee bar and a couple of tables up front.

Roasted beans are on top. Unroasted beans are on the bottom.

This weekend, the shop is putting on a grand opening and will have music, food and free samples.

On Friday, B.S. Sandwich Press will be stationed outside the shop from 6 to 9 p.m., and Elliot Road will be inside performing from 7 to 8 p.m. The shop also will display artwork by Wayne Clark.

On Saturday, both B.S. Sandwich Press and The Flying Stove will be at the shop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Kayla Fitzgerald Jacobs will perform from noon to 1 p.m.

From 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the shop will be offering samples of coffee plus munchies.

For more information, call 316-616-4362.