Latte artists vie for top spot

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER

They came, they poured, they painted.

There were in­tri­cate pat­terns and cre­ative de­signs, a rain­bow of colours - and even a cou­ple of loved up, painted pukeko.

The smell of fresh cof­fee per­me­ated ev­ery cor­ner and the hiss of milk be­ing steamed set the scene for the 2017 New Zealand Latte Art Cham­pi­onship, held in New­mar­ket over the week­end.

Eight com­peti­tors from around the coun­try bat­tled it out for top spot, with the win­ner head­ing to Bu­dapest, Hun­gary, in June to rep­re­sent New Zealand at the in­ter­na­tional awards. Leo Li, from Atomic Cafe in Kings­land, Auck­land, took out the over­all ti­tle.

The Latte Art Cham­pi­onship high­lights artis­tic ex­pres­sion in a com­pe­ti­tion plat­form that chal­lenges the barista in an on­de­mand per­for­mance.

Latte art is achieved by pour­ing steamed milk into a shot of es­presso to cre­ate pat­terns or by paint­ing pic­tures on the sur­face.

The pre­lim­i­nary round has two com­po­nents, to cre­ate a sin­gle cre­ative pat­tern within 10 min­utes, and to make two iden­ti­cal free-pour lat­tes and two ident- ical de­signer lat­tes in eight min­utes, be­fore the high­estscor­ing six com­peti­tors com­pete in a fi­nal round.

Judge David Huang said judges were look­ing for many dif­fer­ent things in their judg­ing process.

‘‘We look for in­no­va­tive de­signs, that baris­tas are will­ing to push the bound­aries, un­der­stand the rules and reg­u­la­tions of the com­pe­ti­tion, that they can de­liver art that’s clear, that’s got a de­cent amount of cre­ativ­ity, con­trast, that they un­der­stand the com­bi­na­tions of milk and cof­fee and how that will be pre­sented in the cup.

‘‘We look at their free pour and how they main­tain that shine across the top of the drink, we want very glossy, vel­vety milk, and we look at the tex­ture.’’

Judge Kim Boyd said they were look­ing for not just tech­ni­cal skills, but some­one who could rep­re­sent New Zealand well on a world stage.

‘‘We’re look­ing for the whole pack­age, some­one who can pour beau­ti­ful latte art but who’s also hos­pitable and is a won­der­ful rep­re­sen­ta­tion of what spe­cialty cof­fee is, and who can de­liver that to their cus­tomers and on the world stage as well.’’

Turn to p5 to check cre­ations from the week­end.

. out

Baris­tas com­peted in the New Zealand Latte Art Cham­pi­onship in New­mar­ket in the week­end. KimBoyd

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.