World Latte Art Championship 2012 – Seoul, South Korea

The World Latte Art Championship highlights artistic expression in a competition platform that challenges the baristi in an on-demand performance.

Baristi are judged based on visual attributes, creativity, identical patterns in the pairs, contrast in patterns, and overall performance.

Chris Loukakis, 2011 World Latte Art Champion

Previous 2011 World Latte Art Champion was Christos Loukakis from Athens, Greece. Christos Loukakis was born on February 5, 1986 and from 2009 has started working as barista at Taf Coffee in Athens along with Stefanos Domatiotis. Chris as we call him described his job at Taf as following: “Working with people like Stefanos Domatiotis and Yiannis Taloumis, you can gain not only an enormous amount of knowledge but also the motivation needed to got further into the world of specialty coffee. My focus as a trainer is to share my experience with the ambitious baristas who intend to join the world of specialty coffee.”

Latte Art is the skill and passion that requires a lot of patience and practice. Baristi are much appreciated by their work based on tremendous amount of time they put in their craft to deliver not only the best and high quality coffee to their customers but proving the best in the skill of presentation with design patterns they develop. Barista is an artist, he or she is some sort of an architect or modernist of coffee industry. You know that barista truly loves and appreciates his/her job when an amazing and spectacular pattern of latte art design is presented to you along with perfectly pulled shot of espresso that is totally balanced and does not overpower one element over another, meaning it is not super acidic, bitter, or less sweet, it is balanced.

So, who will be our next 2012 World Latte Art Champion we will find out soon from Seoul, South Korea. And meanwhile I recommend you to look at the competitors of this year World Latte Art Championship here. Meantime, I want to wish a good luck to Kari Janne Andersen from Norway, she is one of the participant of 2012 World Latter Art Championship from Norway. Do the best Kari and bring the title back to Norway.

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