Ever wondered why baristas make those intricate patterns in your coffee?
We’ll let you in on a little secret – it’s because it looks good!
Creating latte art requires a good quality espresso machine, an experienced barista and a lot of patience. The ability to create consistently impressive latte art is even more difficult when you add in the demanding conditions required of the espresso shot and milk.
That’s why we decided to shine a light on the heroes behind this craft with the Almond Breeze Breezey Masters, a national competition to find Australia’s best barista. We had over 130 entrants from across Australia compete in a series of heats, where they were challenged to create six different latte artworks in 10 minutes.
This week in Sydney, we hosted the Grand Final and crowed Tasmanian local Will Priestly as the Grand Breezey Master.
Will has been a barista for over 12 years and owns Pilgrim Coffee café in Hobart. We spoke to him to get his insights into those beautiful designs you find atop your cappuccino.
“Latte art helps Aussies recognise that they are drinking great coffee. People have associated a great design with enjoyable coffee, so this is how they relate to it,” Will explained.
Lucky Will is off to the USA on an all-inclusive holiday worth $10,000! Head to our Facebook page to check out the new photo gallery with all of the action from the night.
Have you tried your morning coffee with Almond Breeze Barista Blend? If not, give it a shot – ask your local barista for an Almond Breeze please!