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Oct 21, 2019








Latte art from a previous Thursday Night Throwdown event. Courtesy photo.

A&E Coffee & Tea 2nd Anniversary Celebration

Where: 1000 Elm St., Manchester
When: Thursday, July 14, through Sunday, July 17. Latte art competition is Thursday, 8 to 10 p.m., doors at 7 p.m.; movie showing is Friday, 8:30 to 10 p.m.; live music is Saturday starting at 5 p.m., headliner at 8 p.m.; coffee roasting demo is Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: Free. $5 entry fee to compete in the latte art competition

A latte cause to celebrate
A&E hosts four days of coffee festivities and more

By Angie Sykeny

 A&E Coffee & Tea is bringing coffee, art, music and film together for a multi-day celebration of its second year in Manchester. The celebration runs Thursday, July 14, through Sunday, July 17, and takes place mostly in the Brady Sullivan Plaza courtyard right outside the cafe.

Kicking off the festivities on Thursday is the Thursday Night Throwdown free-pour latte art competition. Latte art entails pouring steamed milk into a shot of espresso to create a design on the top of the drink. All area baristas are invited to step up to the espresso machines and go head-to-head in the tournament-style competition. A panel of judges will decide who advances based on the latte arts’ clarity, design, contrast, difficulty and symmetry. Spectators are welcome to come and watch the baristas in action and enjoy the poured competition drinks for free.
“It’s a fun event, especially for the coffee community in New Hampshire,” A&E owner Emeran Langmaid said. “The focus is on bringing cafes together and creating a social environment where people in the coffee industry can feel comfortable to come and try their hand at the competition.”
On Friday, A&E will show A Film About Coffee outside in the Brady Sullivan Plaza courtyard. The 2014 documentary follows the journey of specialty coffee, from the farms in Honduras to metro coffee shops around the world, and all the people who play a part in the process including farmers, buyers, roasters and baristas.
“Education is always part of what we do,” Langmaid said. “The film shows different perspectives and how large the coffee industry is. … A lot of people view it as just their large coffee with cream and sugar, but coffee is so much deeper in a historical context, a socioeconomic context and as a connecting component with the countries where it’s grown.”
On Saturday, outside in the courtyard, there will be live entertainment from local performers, including dance music by headliner Electronique featuring Jason Drapeau.
The celebration concludes on Sunday with a coffee roasting demonstration in the courtyard. A&E roastmaster Mark Small will go through the process on the small sample roaster that the cafe uses to test out coffee they’re interested in purchasing. Each batch takes about 15 minutes to make, so Small will be repeating the process for a couple hours.
“One of the things that makes us unique is that we’re a roaster retailer, so being able to show people the roasting process is pretty cool,” Langmaid said.
During the four days of the celebration, A&E will also have two exclusive drink specials: nitro floats, which is nitro cold brew coffee poured over ice cream, and affogatos, espresso poured over ice cream.  
Langmaid said she hopes the anniversary celebration will reinforce A&E as a welcoming space for local musicians, artists, food producers and other community members to cross paths and build a network while enjoying quality coffee.
“We’ve only been in Manchester for two years, so we’re still trying to reach out to the community,” she said. “I think an event like this is a great way to see new faces and bring people in who may have never experienced locally roasted organic coffee before.”

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