More than 150 people gathered to cheer on the 24 barista competitors in three knockout rounds, testing their latte art, sensory and brewing skills.
In the first round, ‘Pour Party’, competitors went head-to-head, spinning a wheel to determine what latte art shape they will pour. The judges awarded token points for creativity, contrast, and symmetry.
In round two, ‘Slurp It’, the 12 remaining baristas battled-it-out using their sensory skills. Just like a cup tasters’ competition, there were three cups – two identical, one different – with five triangulations. Competitors had five minutes to complete the round. The top six most accurate and fastest baristas continued into the final round, ‘Do you W60?’
Luna An of Ona Coffee was crowned the winner. Lucy Lee of Little Nooky came second and independent barista James Kim placed third.
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