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Creatures of Habit – Specialty Coffee Throwdown

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SPRO Coffee Lab and SPARK Social SF are brewing up something special! On September 22nd, get your coffee fix and then some with a first-of-its-kind barista competition and consumer coffee festival.

Immerse yourself in all things coffee and take a front-row seat into the barista competitive scene driving the Bay Area coffee craze! Baristas will face off using special techniques and dish out their coffee knowledge as they face off in a single elimination style competition in three categories. Coffee lovers assemble to experience each pour, witness every unique creation, and feel the pressure alongside the baristas as they rise to the challenge and grind against the time. Ready, set, throwdown!

BARISTA THROWDOWN: Creatures of Habit goes beyond everyday latte art to measure and showcase the mad skills of baristas in three categories:

  1. Spro Down – Pull the perfect shot of espresso, dialing in the grind, tamp, temp, and more, starting from an unmarked bag of mystery beans

  2. Signature Coffee Cocktail – Turn classic and unconventional ingredients into an irresistible experimental cocktail. The catch: all ingredients are kept secret and baristas have to use every one!

  3. Latte Art – Coffee is your canvas, masterfully pour steamed milk to create an eye-catching, artistic, design into a 4.25 oz gibby glass

Baristas who fails to measure up in terms of taste, presentation, and creativity will be eliminated.

COFFEE AFICIONADOS: The first 200 coffee aficionado attendees to arrive will receive a free, specialty, coffee swag bag! Plus, every guest is automatically entered for the chance to win special giveaways: a Coffee Safari Kit, Creature Comforts, or Nocturnal animals! Espresso your support as baristas conquer their throwdown (and caffeine) jitters and watch them battle it out for best in the Bay! Then indulge in coffee-inspired eats and sweets from local, gourmet food trucks and pop up vendors.


  • Saturday, September 22nd | 11am-3pm

  • The Lawn at SPARK Social SF | 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North, SF 94158

  • Barista specialty coffee throwdown and spectator coffee fest

  • Food trucks & pop up vendors selling savory eats and specialty coffees treats  

  • *Furry friends are not permitted on the astroturf lawn

ABOUT SPRO COFFEE LAB: SPRO Coffee Lab exists to inspire, energize, and deliver a daily dose of happiness to our city that pulsates with creative energy. Starting with the finest third-wave coffee from our partner roaster, Counter Culture Coffee, our highly skilled and knowledgeable baristas bring you specialty craft coffee, experimental mocktails, unique sweets, and savory eats, using techniques rooted in culinary food science. Providing thoughtful creations using the finest quality ingredients allows us to break away from stereotypes, offering a uniquely transcendent eating and drinking experience. SPRO Coffee Lab is located at SPARK and is open 7 days a week, for your enjoyment.

Earlier Event: September 16
PowerPlay SF Bootcamp
Later Event: September 29
Bottomless Oktoberfest!