Australia's best latte artist crowned

Victoria local wins title at the 2017 Almond Breeze Breezey Masters

Lucky Salvador from Common Man Singapore, owned by Five Senses Coffee Australia was crowned as the Grand Breezey Master and Australia’s best latte artist last night at the Grand Final of the Almond Breeze Breezey Masters in Sydney.

The final smackdown took place at Sydney’s most instagrammed spot, The Grounds of Alexandria, which saw finalists from both local and international cafes go head-to-head to create the most creative and intricate latte art.

Mike McNulty, Country Director for Almond Breeze Australia & New Zealand said: “Congratulations to Lucky who demonstrated his skills last night – his dedication and aptitude shone through, taking away the title of Grand Breezey Master.”

The seven finalists came from all over Australia, as well as New Zealand and even Singapore, and were chosen from a pool of over 100 entrants. They had 10 minutes to present six cups of latte art using their own coffee beans and Almond Breeze Barista Blend, and win the grand prize of an all-inclusive trip to the US.

Salvador, who has been a barista for over 10 years, fell in love with coffee and latte art when he worked at his first café after graduating from University.

The 2017 Grand Breezey Master says: “This is an amazing achievement to win! I entered the competition to develop my skills but I couldn’t have done this without the support of all my wonderful customers – they drive me to become a better barista.”

The runner-up from the night was Sarah Jin from Artisan Roasters in Queensland.

The other state finalists were:

• Joshua Rivers of C.R.E.A.M, South Australia
• Ethan Cheong Son of Etro, Western Australia
• Meg Loudon of Coffee Brothers, New South Wales
• Matt Sharp of Espresso Room, ACT
• Isaac Yu of Orb Coffee, New Zealand

“This year we expanded the competition, with baristas and latte artists coming from international waters. We appreciate how popular the café industry has become, and want to continue supporting the industry as well as delivering excellence in the non-dairy category,” Mike added.

Almond Breeze launched Barista Blend, the first almond milk specially formulated for baristas, in 2014 and has since enjoyed double-digit growth with almond milk now the fastest growing milk in the non-dairy category, overtaking soy in terms of dollar retails sales for the first time.