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HK barista wins Latte Art Championship in NY

03-14-2012 09:29 BJT

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A Latte Art Championship in New York recently attracted the world's finest coffee pouring professionals. After fierce competition, a barista from Hong Kong won the top prize.

It was a tall order for the sixty-four coffee professionals.

The tournament demanded each contestant pour attractively decorated lattes within a three-minute time limit.

Each cup was judged on five categories: aesthetic beauty, definition, colour infusion, degree of difficulty and creativity, and lastly speed.

Decorations ranged from hearts, tulips, to rosettes, and leaves. With no object allowed to help create the pattern, baristas must rely only on their skills in pouring the milk and froth over the coffee.

Judges evaluate lattes in a number of different categories in the
Coffee Fest New York Latte Art Championships, March 11.

29-year-old Nicholas Van Slett who scooped third place explained the intricacy of the patterns.

Nicholas Van Slett said, "The multiple layered tulip, that's actually concentric hearts, with the rosette base, is very, very difficult. The one that I used for taking third place was something that I practiced for about two months before it actually came together. It really depends on the person's pour flow and how shaky their hand is and what compensations they need to do in order to pour well."

But it was Yeung Yiu Fai from Hong Kong who took the winning title. His multiple layered tulip pattern had the definition and colour density to wow the judges. And this was his debut show.

Yeung Yiu Fai said, "I was very nervous because this is my first time to come to an international competition... Luckily, under my company's support and my teacher's support, I can come down here and do my best, try my best."

The 24-year-old barista will receive 2,500 U.S. dollars for the first place prize.

Yeung Yiu-fai, from Hong Kong was the overall winner of the Coffee
Fest New York Latte Art Championships at the Javits Center in New
York, March 11.

Yeung Yiu-fai, from Hong Kong was the overall winner of the Coffee
Fest New York Latte Art Championships at the Javits Center in New
York, March 11.


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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