As you may have heard on today's California Report, sixty-four baristas from around the world have descended on San Diego to compete in the Coffee Fest Latte Art Championship, where each is given three minutes to produce a latte so visually compelling that only a philistine would actually put lips to liquid in a misguided attempt to drink it.
- Aesthetic Beauty
- Color Infusion
- Degree of Difficulty and Creativity
Locally, we've got three horses in this race:
Nicolas Lawson, The Coffee Bar
Joshua Li, Café Bello
Dennis Medina, Dolores Park Café
Hyper-locally, The Coffee Bar is just down the block from KQED, where early-morning news department personnel have been known to imbibe a triple macchiato or three. Rather than recuse ourselves, however, we'll just issue the disclaimer that no espresso was exchanged in the following interview between The California Report's Rachael Myrow and Coffee Bar barista Nicolas Lawson. (As for madeleines or biscotti, I can't say.)
Nicolas Lawson on when he started getting fancy with his lattes
On barista certification
On competitions for baristas
On how much coffee he drinks on-the-job and the coffee biz
Some videos on the latte competition and the coffee arts...