The 2014 World Latte Art Championship pits champion baristas from 32 nations against each other to see who can create the most beautiful, engaging latte art creations, using both free pour and etching techniques. From those 32 competitors, six finalists advanced to compete on Finals Sunday at the 2014 Melbourne International Coffee Expo. From those six, Christian Ullrich from Germany emerged victorious as the 2014 World Latte Art Champion.
As World Latte Art Champion, Mr. Ullrich wins a trip to the World of Coffee in Rimini, Italy, and a trip to Sumatra for DC Campus by Dalla Corte. He also wins a Mahlkönig Vario Grinder and a trip to China courtesy of Jas Bleu Coffee Expert.
For his designer latte, Ullrich poured the “Turtle”, while his macchiato and free pour latte were both complicated multi-tulip variations. He called time at 8:06 for a -2 point penalty.
Here is the full ranking of the top six:[box]
2nd: Chiara Bergonzi, Italy
3rd: Edit Juhasz, Hungary
4th: Rie Moustakas, Australia
5th: Seijivus Matiejunas, Ireland
6th: Ryan Tan, Singapore[/box]
Sprudge.com’s coverage of the World Latte Art Championship is made possible by direct support from our friends and partners at Dalla Corte, who provide the DC Pro espresso machines for the 2014 World Latte Art Championship and 2014 World Coffee In Good Spirits Championship. Our coverage is produced in partnership with World Coffee Events, the international organization that stages these competitions each year.
Check out this Facebook gallery for much more from the opening rounds at WLAC.