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But is it… Latte Art?

The Canadian Latte Art Exhibition Competition debuted at the Canadian Coffee & Tea Show.

By Jane Auster

Meet Canada’s top latte artists:

+ Chris Tellez – Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters, Toronto

+ Bruce Ly – VooDoo Child, Toronto

+ Cole‎ Torode – Rosso Coffee Roasters, Calgary

The Canadian Coffee & Tea Show, held recently in Toronto, added a new competition to the coffee calendar — the Canadian Latte Art Exhibition Competition.

The Canadian event is one of several latte art exhibition competitions held around the world, adding even more interest to the international coffee calendar.

The exhibition competition featured the crème de la crème of the barista community expressing themselves through the most javalicious art form – coffee-based beverages.

Barista stalwarts Keaton Ritchie (independent), Chris Tellez of Calgary’s Phil & Sebastian, Bruce Ly of Toronto’s Voodoo Child, Sua Hong of Vancouver’s 49th Parallel, Amanda Paquette of Guelph’s Planet Bean Coffee, and Cole Torode of Calgary’s Rosso Coffee Roasters poured their best macchiatos, cappuccinos and designer cups in front of a team of judges.

This inaugural feature of the Canadian Coffee & Tea Show was made possible with the sponsorship of Dalla Corte. Judging was done according to World Latte Art Championship standards and the winner received a Dalla Corte mini single group professional espresso machine valued at $4,250 as well as a Pro M espresso grinder from Mahlkonig valued at $1,595.