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Astoria Sponsors the USCC Latte Art Throw Down in Seattle!

Next April Seattle will host the 2017 edition of the Global Specialty Coffee Expo, one of the most appealing events to all the specialty coffee lovers around the world.

On the occa­sion of the Launch Party, orga­nized on April 20th at 6 pm at the Seattle Paramount Theater, the most creative and skilled US baristas will compete against each other during the United States Coffee Championship (USCC) Latte Art Throw Down.

During this single elim­i­na­tion tour­na­ment orga­nized by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), that will give the 32 partic­i­pants the oppor­tu­nity to show their abil­i­ties, the offi­cial espresso machines will be Plus4Champions, specif­i­cally designed to guar­antee a constant quality both during extrac­tion and brewing of the espresso in high level compe­ti­tions like these.

One of the pecu­liar­i­ties of this compe­ti­tion is the kind of milk the baristas are going to use, that will be of vegetable origin. At each round the competi­tors will have to prove to be able to make excel­lent cappuc­cinos using soy, almond, coconut and rice milks, then choosing one of these to use during the finals.

Judges will eval­uate the visual quality of the foam, the contrast between the surface of the espresso and the milk, the posi­tion and dimen­sions of the pattern in rela­tion to the cup, the orig­i­nality of the idea and the level of tech­nical diffi­cul­ties required to realize it. They will then crown the winner, who will receive an Astoria espresso machine as prize.

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