One of the more memorable extra-curricular activities at SCAA '10 was the Latte Art Throwdown on the first evening of the show. The competition was head-to-head with single elimination - but that doesn't mean it went quickly! Each barista had a few pours to get a latte they were happy with, and the crowd helped judge by cheering the lattes (as judged from a big screen feed). Proceedings were greatly helped by the enthusiastic MC who continually encouraged outed competitors to buy back in for $5.
On a larger scale than the throwdown - the USA Barista Championships were going on from April 15 - 18 in conjunction with SCAA 2010. In the end Michael Phillips was crowned as the 2010 United States Barista Champion. Check out the listing of winners on Barista Magazine's Website, and see photos of the competitions on Barista Magazine's Facebook Page.