LUEN PROFT (LUCAS CONFECTIONERY) WINS BARISTA ALBANY CHAMPIONSHIP

Four of the Capital Region's top baristas competed for bragging rights today during the second annual "Barista Albany" at the Hilton Albany. Luen Proft, coffee program coordinator at the Lucas Confectionery in Troy, took home the top honors, producing espresso drinks for a panel of three judges within the 20-minute time allotment.

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Contact: Vic Christopher, 917-693-7430 vicchristopher@me.com
Heather LaVine, 301-466-0309 lavineheather@gmail.com

Luen Proft (Lucas Confectionery) Wins Barista Albany Championship

Blue Bottle Coffee Proves to be Top Blend

ALBANY, N.Y. (1/18/14) — Four of the Capital Region’s top baristas competed for bragging rights today during the second annual “Barista Albany” at the Hilton Albany.

Luen Proft, Lucas ConfectioneryLuen Proft, coffee program coordinator at the Lucas Confectionery in Troy, took home the top honors, producing espresso drinks for a panel of three judges within the 20-minute time allotment.

His coffee beans of choice were Hayes Valley Espresso of California-based Blue Bottle Coffee. Milk was provided by Meadow Brook Dairy of Clarksville, N.Y.

Proft, 21, was raised and home-schooled on Someday Farm in East Dorset, Vt., where his family produces vegetables, poultry, game birds, eggs, compost, fruit, maple syrup and honey for many notable East Coast retail shops and restaurants.

Proft’s signature drink was a chocolate cortado, made with Noval Black port and stone ground chocolate.

“Growing up on a farm has given me an appreciation of terroir — how nature, geography and climate affects products like coffee, wine and chocolate.”

For winning the contest, Proft received a Compak K3 Touch Espresso Grinder, Chemex 8 Cup Coffee Maker and filters, Bonavita Gooseneck Kettle, and a six-bottle case of Torani Signature Syrups.

Proft’s signature cortado will now be added to the menu at Lucas Confectionery.

The three other competitors were: 2013 Barista Albany Champion David Schulman of Hudson River Coffee House; Heather Froeschle of Happy Cappuccino; and Ron Greico of Tierra Roasters.

For information about Barista Albany, visit: http://albanywinefest.com/barista-albany.html

PUBLICITY IMAGES

For publicity images, including Proft’s champion pose, visit: http://www.duncancrary.com/clients/troywinebar.html

ABOUT THE LUCAS CONFECTIONERY

The Lucas Confectionery is a community gathering space featuring rare and unique wines by the glass and bottle; along with craft beer, artisan coffee, cheeses, small plates, confections and desserts. Located at 12 Second St., just off of downtown Troy’s magnificent Monument Square, the Confectionery is open Monday and Tuesday, from 4 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, from 4 p.m. till midnight, Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. till 2 a.m., and Sunday, from 4 p.m. till 10 p.m.

In 2012, Vic Christopher and Heather LaVine purchased and rehabbed 12 Second St. in Troy, where they opened the Lucas Confectionery in November. In the spring of 2013, the husband-and-wife team purchased and stabilized 207 Broadway, “The Clark House,” which was at the time one of the most endangered buildings in downtown Troy. By summer, they transformed the adjoining property and connecting outbuilding into a party space and outdoor patio, now featuring a retractable glass roof. This November they opened The Grocery, a micro neighborhood grocery shop featuring artisanal cheeses, meats, fresh local produce and draft beer.

For information, visit: http://lucasconfectionery.wordpress.com or https://www.facebook.com/Lucas.Confectionery

CONTACT:

Vic Christopher, 917-693-7430 vicchristopher@me.com
Heather LaVine, 301-466-0309 lavineheather@gmail.com

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