Arnon Thitiprasert of Ristr8to in Chiang Mai, Thailand is your 2017 World Latte Art Champion! Thitiprasert represented Thailand in the competition, out-pouring and out-etching forty other national champions. The bar was set so high at this event, by the end of all six finalists, not one person in the crowd could say for certain who would be crowned champion.
Thitiprasert took judges on a trip through “the wood under the full moonlight”, free-pouring a “rabbit jumping on a tree” and a “deer looking back”, and carefully etched a “walking fox”. Photographers were allowed to approach the latte art once the judges had left the stage and Sprudge Live was able to secure these up-close and personal photos of the latte (nerd note: the bubbles on the edges of some are due to the lattes being poured ~five minutes before these shots were taken and not representative of the lattes as they were judged).
The Chang Mai-based latte artist celebrated the win after the announcements were called and well-wishers showered the champion in champagne (and prizes, so many prizes). The atmosphere was electric as what seemed like hundreds of people lined up to take photos, selfies, and FaceTime with friends back home. The World Latte Art Championship is the biggest and highest honor in the field of creative coffee arts, and Arnon Thitiprasert is truly a master in the craft.
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Sprudge Media Network’s coverage of the 2017 World Coffee Championships at World of Coffee Budapest is made possible by support from Acaia, Aerobie, Baratza, Cafe Imports, Pacific Foods, and Swiss Water Decaf. All of our 2017 competition coverage worldwide is underwritten with support from Urnex Brands and Nuova Simonelli.