LONG BEACH, Calif. U.S.A. (May 1, 2014) — Simeon Bricker of The Roasterie in Kansas City, MO has been named the winner of the 1st Annual United States Latte Art Championship, which took place April 24-27, 2014 in Seattle, WA at the 26th annual SCAA Event. The U.S. Latte Art Championship recognizes artistic baristas from across the country who create championship quality lattes for 2 visual judges, 1 head judge, and 1 technical judge. The Official 2014 USLAC Title Sponsor is Cafetto.
The top six U.S. Latte Art Championship competitors for 2014 are:
1st Place – Simeon Bricker – The Roasterie – Kansas City, MO
2nd Place – Eugene Lee – Cafe Dulce – Glendale, CA
3rd Place – Kyle Dols – Morsel – Seattle, WA
4th Place – Dean Kallivrousis – Onyx Coffee Lab – Springdale, AR
5th Place – Row Aczon – Honolulu Coffee Co. – Honolulu, HI
6th Place – Donald Morrison – De Cafe Baristas, Pasadena, CA
During Round 1, each of the 14 competitors made 2 free pour lattes and 2 designer lattes on stage for their judges in a 6 minute presentation as well as creating a unique and artistic design off stage in the Art Bar portion of this round. Free pouring, etching, and use of dyes on the surface of the latte was allowed in the Art Bar, which allowed for competitors to express their creativity through patterns.
The 6 top competitors from Round 1 moved on to the finals where they made 2 macchiatos, 2 free pour lattes, and 2 designer lattes for judges in an 8-minute performance. In both rounds, competitors were judged on their foam quality, difficulty of design, ability to reproduce their design, and creativity.
Simeon Bricker will represent the United States at the World Latte Art Championship in Melbourne, Australia, May 15-18, 2014. The World Latte Art Championship is organized by World Coffee Events (WCE), the premier producer of events for the coffee community worldwide that engage the specialty coffee community and promote coffee excellence, WCE is founded by the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) and the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). For more information, visit www.worldcoffeeevents.org.
Cafetto is a specialist manufacturer of cleaning products for coffee brewing and dispensing equipment. Cafetto’s range includes approved organic cleaners, descaling and cleaning tablets and milk line cleaners. Our product range is tailored to suit many systems including bean-to-cup fully automatic espresso machines, traditional semi-automatic espresso machines, home and office espresso machines, pour-over filter coffee machines and liquid coffee extract machines. Incorporated in September 2003, Cafetto is now the major supplier of coffee machine cleaning and sanitation products in Australia and New Zealand. In addition, exports are now growing rapidly in the USA, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and South Korea. www.cafetto.com.
The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), is a non-profit trade organization and the world recognized leader in coffee knowledge development. With over 9,000 members located in more than 40 countries, including member companies and their employees, SCAA members represent every segment of the specialty coffee industry, including producers, roasters, importers/exporters, retailers, manufacturers, baristas and other industry professionals. For over 30 years, the SCAA has been dedicated to creating a vibrant specialty coffee community, recognizing, developing and promoting specialty coffee by setting and maintaining quality standards for the industry; conducting research on coffee consumption, brewing and perfection of craft; and providing education, training, resources and business services for its members. Visit www.scaa.org.