Last weekend in Vancouver, Latte and Art lovers had a great opportunity all day to enjoy great lattes and hot chocolates for free and as a bonus to watch one of the best latte baristas creating them just in front of their eyes. It all happened in Central Library's Blenz Coffee.Although ,the winners were mostly hosting Blenz employees, all competitors, few from the other Continents, deserved at least equal compliments. The criteria was split in three categories : Creativity, Balance and Color infusion. One of the judges explained to me that a balance means how well the picture in the cup was spread inside a cup circle, and color infusion is actually the contrast of the colors (milk vs. coffee or matcha). Art Latte baristas also have had two "source material" options : coffee or matcha tea. All green lattes, obviousaly, were made from powdered green tea - matcha .
Blenz blog has a recipe for latte called "Sugar Love" which is original creation of this event's First place Winner, Noam Dehan :
3) Pour the double shot of espresso in the mug.
Manual for creating a latte at home with no experience and expensive tools, can be also found on the same page.
Competing and judging