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Baristas put to the test at World of Coffee 2015

January 21, 2015
Baristas put to the test at World of Coffee 2015
Ana Rodríguez

From the 16th to the 18th June, in Gothenburg (Sweden), at the World of Coffee 2015 trade fair, the best baristas, coffee roasters and coffee lovers will meet to take part in two competitions: the World Latte Art and World Coffee in Good Spirits, in which the participants will be challenged to demonstrate their mastery in making coffee, combining technique and orginiality, skill and creativity in equal measures.

For the preliminary round of the World Latte Art, baristas produce a single creative latte pattern at the Art Bar, then move to the WLAC stage to create two identical free-pour lattes and two identical designer lattes. Scores from the Art Bar and Stage are combined, and the top 6 competitors qualify for the final round, where they are asked to create two identical free-pour macchiato, two identical free-pour lattes, and two identical designer patterned lattes.

In the other competition, World Coffee in Good Spirits highlights the barista/barkeeper’s mixology skills in a setting where coffee and alcohol go perfectly together. During the preliminary round, competitors produce four drinks – two identical hot/warm coffee and alcohol-based designer drinks, and two identical cold coffee and alcohol-based designer drinks. The six competitors with the highest preliminary round scores will compete in the final round. The final round requires competitors to produce two Irish Coffees and two coffee-and-alcohol-based designer drinks.

In both competitions, the baristas will do battle with the most up-to-date technology: the ecological machine Plus4You from Astoria, a traditional Italian brand of expresso coffee machines and official sponsor of these competitions.