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Serendipitously coinciding with Obama’s big primary win, tonight’s Latte Art Throwdown at the 13th Street Joe will surely be crawling with elitist liberals who love stuff like delicious espresso and college education. The city’s top coffee houses (Ninth Street Espresso, Gimme Coffee, Cafe Grumpy, Everyman Espresso, and Gorilla Coffee) will all be sending baristas to the event, which is called "Rosettas for Relief" and benefit the American Red Cross efforts in Myanmar and China.

Each barista will get one shot and one pour to create their best work in the rich latte foam. Judges will be evaluating contestants on aesthetics only, not taste, so don’t show up expecting a caffeine fix. Instead, there will be free beer and a raffle for coffee-related prizes. All proceeds – including the $10 suggested donation – go toward efforts to help the victims of the recent cyclone and earthquake. And fans of Joe’s lattes can look forward to another location coming to Grand Central Terminal within a week or two!

[8 p.m., Joe, 9 East 13th Street, R.S.V.P. MEISTER@BIYNYC.COM]