> Thursday, March 7th, 2019
> 6p Sign Up / 7p First Pour
> Location: Lussi Brown
114 Church Street, Lexington, KY 40507
> Free to attend
> $5 buy in to compete
> Viewing open to the public. Must 21+ to attend and/or compete (during bar hours)
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What is it
This is a latte art tournament run by a bracket system. Competitors names will be drawn out and paired up. The winner of each pair will go on to the next round until only three remain and 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place is announced.
> Coffee + Tea + Cocktails + Beer + Free Food
> Giveaway drawings throughout the night to attendees
> Live video feed (at shop) during competition
> Full drink menu available until 6:30pm. Coffee, tea, beer, & cocktails
> Beer & drip coffee only available starting at 6:30 and until the competition is over
Competitor Rules & Requirements
24 spots available on first come/first served basis. Sign ups will start at 6pm the night of the event. $5 is due at sign up. If there are additional people who want to compete after the 24 spaces are filled, they will be signed up on a wait list.
Competitors registered must stay on the premises starting at 6:45pm until they have competed. If their slot is called and they are not there, it will be given to the first name on the wait list.
Rounds will be determined by name drawing. No competitor can request someone to compete with.
Practice time behind the bar allowed between 6:30-6:50pm. Only one pitcher of milk provided to practice with.
In order to participate, the competitor must have experience steaming and pouring milk-based beverages.
Competitors will have 3 minutes total behind the machine. It is not necessary to use the whole 3 minutes.
Competitors will not pull their own shots, they will be pulled by a LB barista.
Each competitor will get one pitcher of milk, and only one opportunity to steam.
Spilled milk will be handled case by case.
10oz latte, 8oz cappuccino, or 4 oz cortado mugs/glassware, & pitchers will be provided for the competitor to choose from. Competitors WILL NOT be allowed to use their own mugs. But the competitor can bring their own pitcher.
Espresso and milk are provided, and those are the only choices. Competitors MAY NOT bring their own espresso or milk.
The latte art be must free pour, no etching or sauces allowed. Only ingredients will be espresso and milk.
Once the drinks are poured the competitor will place it on the designated space to be judged.
1st place : $40 cash, 6 cup Chemex, 12oz Miir Deeper Roots Tumbler, swag, Barista Magazine subscription
2nd place : $20 cash, swag, 12oz Heine Brothers Hydroflask, Barista Magazine subscription
3rd place : 12oz Miir Deeper Roots Tumbler, swag, Barista Magazine subscription
Round 1 (24) : Latte
Round 2 (12) : Cortado
Round 3 (6) : Cappuccino
Round 4 (3) Finale for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place : Choice
The drinks will be judged in 4 categories:
Balance & Symmetry : Dividing lines are clean, even, and show no signs
of hesitation. Individual elements work well with and complement each other.
Color Infusion & Definition : The contrast between the whiteness of the foam,
and the darkness of the crema. How infused or intertwined the brownness of
the crema is with the whiteness of the foam. The intention of the design
is obvious and clear.
Use of Space : The design fills the cup with in an appropriate and
pleasant way. The design neither crowds the cup, nor leaves it feeling
empty or unfinished. There is a harmony between the size of the cup and size of the design.
Overall Impression : General aesthetic appeal. Drink is free of spill marks and cup is appropriately full of liquid.
There will be 3 judges. Judgement will be blind. Judges will turn around when drinks are being made. After the two sets of coffees are on the judge’s bar top, judges can turn around and will have maximum 5 minutes to discuss. Judges will notify event coordinator when ready. Count of three and then point from all 3 judges at the same time will determine the winner.