The first-ever Flatlanders Barista Cup kicks off live tonight at PT’S Coffee Roasting in Topeka, Kansas. Drawing in barista competitors, speakers, producers, and coffee enthusiasts from around the world, the FBC’s opening night of festivities features coffee service from 2011 WBC Champion Alejandro Mendez and 2011 USBC Champion Pete Licata. FBC’s Saturday schedule is a real doozy. From the PT’S Flatlander’s official website for Saturday:

10:00am – Federico Bolanos and Alejandro Mendez Presentation

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11:15am – Lucia de Ortiz – Finca Las Mercedes Presentation

12:15pm – Lunch (Food Truck – Beer Rocks)

1:00pm – Sergio Ticas – Finca Los Planes Presentation

2:15pm – Juan Diego de la Cerda – Finca el Socorro Presentation

3:15pm – 4:15pm – Public Open House of PT’s Coffee Roasting Co.

7pm (Cafe) – Saturday Night Live Latte Art Throwdown is honored to be an official sponsor of the Flatlanders Barista Cup. We’ll be following along with the exploits from Topeka all weekend long via the #Flatlanders hashtag. Good luck, Godspeed, and stay flat!

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