Latte Art Competition

The Food & Dining section in today’s Press Herald includes an article on last week’s barista latte art competition.

The designs are ephemeral: Their shape and definition starts to fade after a couple of minutes. But latte art is taken seriously enough that, in 2006, the Specialty Coffee Associations of Europe and America founded the World Latte Art Championship. (Next year, it will be held in Shanghai.) The U.S. Latte Art Championship followed in 2014.

Maine’s Latte Art Throwdown, which assesses only free pours, doesn’t take itself quite so seriously, but it’s still packed with talented local latte artists who are looking to improve their work.

Bard Coffee manager Brittany Feltovic won the final round. The next latte art throwdown will take place at Elements in Biddeford in February.