It'll be frothing nozzles at 10 paces as Buffalo coffee artistes duel to create the best latte art on Friday at Spot Coffee, 1406 Hertel Ave.

The Buffalo Barista Jam is a "latte throw-down," said organizer Jacob Casella, Spot's coffee operations manager. "Baristas go head to head in a single-elimination bracket. They pull their shots, steam their milk, and then free-pour a design."

Three judges will evaluate each pair of contestants for "symmetry, definition, use of space" and other criteria, and then pick the winner to move on. It's $5 to enter, winner takes all. The event goes from 7 to 10 p.m.

Casella says he hopes it's the first of many coffee culture events. It is "mostly just a chance for baristas, roasters, coffee shop owners, and coffee lovers to get to meet each other and compare notes," he said. "Boston, New York, Philadelphia, D.C. and other cities do monthly jams of different types, with big turnouts, and I'd like to see us get there as one ingredient in a better coffee scene."