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AUG-SEP 2019

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WORLD LATTE ART CHAMPIONSHIP WORLD OF COFFEE BERLIN JUNE 6–8, 2019 PHOTOS BY JEFF HANN FOR WORLD COFFEE EVENTS The format of the World Latte Art Championship (WLAC) is vastly different from the "throwdown" structure common throughout North America. In Berlin this past June, 41 national Latte Art Champions came together to compete for one of the most prized of the World Coffee Championships crowns. The WLAC is composed of a preliminary, a semifi nal, and a fi nal round. For the prelims, competitors must complete two portions: an "Art Bar" pour during which a single creative pattern is created and judged on its overall appealing impression and contrast; and a "Stage Presentation," during which competitors pour two matching drinks that are as close to identical to drinks presented in a photograph to the judges as possible. They do this with one set of free-pour lattes, followed by one set of matching designer lattes. The Art Bar portion is only present in the preliminary round. Read our interview with winner Manuela Fensore at WINNER: MANUELA FENSORE, ITALY 5TH PLACE: HIROKI ITO, JAPAN 4TH PLACE: DASH ONEWAY, SOUTH KOREA 2ND PLACE: HAO-YUAN CHEN, TAIWAN 6TH PLACE: PETER CHAN, HONG KONG 3RD PLACE: LIU GUOQIANG, CHINA 31

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