Set­ting the barista high

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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