Setting the barista high
THE second annual Latte Art Smackdown is taking place this week in Ealing.
Baristas at coffee shops across London are encouraged to participate in the ultimate battle of coffee craftsmanship.
First place will receive the coveted Ealing Latte Art Smackdown milk jug 2016, as well as £350 in prize money. Second and third places receive £100 and £50 respectively, with runners up getting silver spoons.
Last year, 16 baristas battled it out at Artisan Coffee in Ealing.
This year’s event takes place tomorrow (Thursday) and MakeitEaling, the local business improvement district, plans on making the show bigger and better. Artisan Coffee will play host again, while Maggie’s Diner will cross New Broadway and make coffeeinspired cocktails, free for all attendees to enjoy.
All the action will be broadcast on screens as the baristas go head to head in a knockout tournament, with only the best progressing to the next round.
The 2015 contest was passionate and intense and this year the organisers have had to devise a new set of rules to make sure the battle is pitched at the highest level possible.
As well as hosting well known chains, West London is home to many independent coffee shops and is said to be leading the way in barista competitions.
n CAFFEINE KICKS: (Above) some of the designs from last year’s Latte Art Smackdown; (inset) 2015 champion Federico Gonzalez