Aartists have a latte talent.
Especially for making the perfect steamed milk and espresso beverage.
This weekend, dozens of competitors gathered at the Javits Convention Center for the Coffee Fest Latte Art World Championship. Top-tier baristas from across the Big Apple went head-to-head with each other and their counterparts from coffee shops around the world to see whose designs look the best atop a latte.
“It’s basically pour a blob, then push and pour a blob, then push and pour a blob,” explained Kelsey Forde from Brooklyn Roasting Company in DUMBO, who made a perfect tulip design to win her match Friday against a barista from Scotland. “I honestly can’t believe I did it.”
If Forde wins three more rounds, she will walk away with the $2,000 grand prize.
Since etching tools are not allowed in this contest, most of the latte art creations were tulips and swans, rather than more complex designs. A panel of three judges selected winners based on the color, definition and creativity of the milk foam atop the coffee.
It’s in creating the texture and consistency of that foam that champions are made, and many of the baristas used their own personal steam pitchers in the contest.
The competition is part of Coffee Fest, a trade show dedicated to all things caffeinated. As festival president David Heilbrunn explained, “It’s the last legal addiction without any stigma attached.”.. see more