Coffee Fest Chicago 2015 Winner:
Daisuke Tanaka

Daisuke's 1st Place Pour

Daiuke being crowned the Champion

Veteran Judges:
Anna Gutierrez, Matt Milletto
& Sarah Allen

Coffee Fest

presents the

Latte Art World
Championship Open

Welcome to the Coffee Fest Latte Art World Championship Open. This exciting 64 competitor, bracket style, sudden death format features head-to-head competition as "a match" between the competitors. The competitor receiving the highest score from the three judges advances to the next round and the loser is eliminated. Competitors are given three minutes to produce one free-pour drink for the judges (no etching, tool, powders, etc. - just milk and espresso), which is then scored against the competitor at the facing machine. (Nuova Simonelli Aurelia machines are used for the competition.)

Judging is Based on Five Categories:
1) Aesthetic Beauty
2) Definition
3) Color Infusion
4) Degree of Difficulty & Creativity
5) Speed

Judging Categories Explained Here

Each Drink is judged by Coffee Fest judges: Matt Milletto of American Barista & Coffee School and Barista Exchange , Sarah Allen of Barista Magazine and Anna Gutierrez of Barista 22 . Each of the judges compares the drink presented by the two competitors in each match and award 1 point to the competitor with the best presentation in each of the five categories. The competitor receiving the most points on each of the judge's scorecard will be the winner. The competitor will advance by virtue of the judge's scores of 3 to 0 sweep or 2 to 1.

**While Coffee Fest will provide some cups, we recommend that competitors provide their own steaming pitcher, tamper and cup(s) to achieve their best result.

The Portland 2015 Bracket is Set!

Click Here to View the Bracket!

The Coffee Fest Portland 2015 Latte Art World Championship Open will begin at 9:00am on Friday, 10:00am on Saturday, and 10:30am on Sunday, October 23-25, 2015 at the Oregon Convention Center.

Purse for Coffee Fest
Portland 2015

1st - $2000

2nd - $1000

3rd - $500

Apply Here
To compete at
Coffee Fest
New York!
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2016
Apply Here
To compete at
Coffee Fest
Deadline: May 1, 2016

Latte Art Bracket Challenge

Presented by Ghirardelli

Now you don’t have to be a World Class Latte Artist to get in the game at Coffee Fest. Anyone with a computer and a desire to win can enter the Latte Art Bracket Challenge presented to you by Ghirardelli Chocolate. Once the Latte Art Bracket is posted at you can predict winners of each match, submit your completed bracket and have the possibility to be recognized with top honors and wonderful prizes.

The Coffee Fest Portland 2015 Latte Art Bracket will be posted September 15th. Brackets may be submitted from September 15th through October 22nd 2015 by anyone, need not be present at Coffee Fest to participate or win. For each match you will be able to compare the two latte art pictures provided by competitors during their application process to select who you think will win and advance. The prognosticator with the highest score wins. The top three winners will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony at Coffee Fest on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 4:10pm.

*Baristas competing within the live competition, employees of Ghirardelli and Coffee Fest
may not submit a bracket.

To Fill Out Your Bracket

Coffee Fest Latte Art
Championship Highlights

Coffee Fest Chicago 2015
2nd Place:
Kenny Smith

Coffee Fest Chicago 2015
3rd Place:
Ryan Soeder

Coffee Fest Chicago 2015

Coffee Fest Chicago 2015
Latte Art Venue

   Honored Sponsors:

Heather Perry, Two-time U.S. Barista Champion

Anna Gutierrez, Barista 22
Matt Milletto, Barista Exchange
Sarah Allen, Barista Magazine

Nuova Simonelli
Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
Dillanos Coffee Roasters
Barista Exchange
Barista Magazine

Number of Competitions: 40

Previous Show's Winners

Chicago 2015
1. Daisuke Tanaka - Mondial Kaffee 328; Japan
2. Kenny Smith - Sunergos Coffee; Louisville, KY
3. Ryan Soeder - Intelligentsia Coffee; Chicago, IL

Atlanta 2015
1. Kenny Smith - Sunergos Coffee; Louisville, KY
2. John Letoto - Blacksmith; Houston, TX
3. Nicely Abel - Menotti's Coffee Stop; Venice, CA

Portland 2014
1. Yusuke Ota - Downstairs Coffee; Japan
2. Kenta Tamura - Double Tall Cafe; Japan
3. Daisuke Tanaka - Bondi Cafe; Japan

St. Louis 2014
1. Cole McBride - Public US; Las Vegas, NV
2. Simeon Briker - The Roasterie; Kansas City, MO
3. Kuzuma Ozaki - Air Cafe; Japan

Tokyo 2014
1. Junichi Yamaguchi - Arabica Kyoto
2. Takahiro Ando - Town Square Coffee Roasters
3. Nobu Shimoyama - OLiE & aRI

New York 2014
1. Cabell Tice - The Thinking Cup; Boston, MA
2. Lee Kam Wo
3. Junichi Yamaguchi - The Theatre Coffee; Yokohama

Seattle 2013
1. Cabell Tice - The Thinking Cup; Boston, MA
2. Nobu Shimoyama - South Yara; Austrailia
3. Junichi Yamaguchi - The Theatre Coffee; Yokohama

Chicago 2013
1. Jennifer Hyesung Chun - Buena Park, CA
2. Junichi Yamaguchi - Yokohama
3. Kenny Smith - Sunergos Coffee; Louisville, KY

New York 2013
1. Cabell Tice - Boston, MA pic pic
2. Kenny Smith - Sunergos Coffee; Louisville, KY pic
3. Shimoyama Nobumasa - South Yara, Australia pic

Seattle 2012
1. Kei Hamada - Shibuya, Japan pic pic
2. Shimoyama Nobumasa - Melbourne, Australia pic
3. Cole McBride - Visions Espresso; Seattle, WA pic

Chicago 2012
1. Christopher "nicely" Abel Alameda - Handsome Coffee Roasters; Los Angeles, CA pic pic video
2. Kenny Smith - Sunergos Coffee; Louisville, KY pic
3. Nick Van Slett - JP's Coffee & Espresso Bar; Holland, MI pic

New York 2012 - pic
1. "Kim" Yeung Yiu Fai, - Holly Brown Coffee; Hong Kong pic pic video video
2. Ryan Soeder - Counter Culture Coffee; Boston, MA pic pic
3. Nick Van Slett - JP's Coffee & Espresso Bar; Holland, MI pic pic

Seattle 2011
1. Christopher "nicely" Abel Alameda - Intelligentsia; Venice, CA pic pic video
2. Satoru Oiso - Standard Cafe; Sapporo, Japan pic pic
3. Ryan Soeder - Starbucks; Seattle, WA pic pic

Hawaii 2011
1. Row Aczon - Honolulu Coffee Co.; Honolulu, HI
2. Anthony Luat - Honolulu Coffee Co.; Honolulu, HI
3. Megumi Kitajima - SSW Double Tall; Tokyo, Japan

San Diego 2011
1. Satoru Oiso - Standard Cafe; Sapporo, Japan
2. Jonathan Bruno Koo - Holly Brown Cafe; Hong Kong
3. Christopher "nicely" Abel Alameda - Intelligentsia; Venice, CA

Chicago 2011
1. Ryan Soeder - Starbucks; Seattle, WA
2. Kristen Warrenfells - Bluebird; Brooklyn, NY
3. Ryan Willbur - Stumptown Coffee Roasters; Portland, OR

Seattle 2010
1. Adam McGovern - Stirling Coffee Roasters; Portland, OR
2. Christopher "nicely" Abel Alameda - Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea; Los Angeles, CA
3. Terika Raak - JP's Coffee & Espresso; Holland, MI

Past Championship Winners

Daisuke Tanaka - Chicago, June 2015
Kenny Smith - Atlanta, February 2015
Yusuke Ota - Portland, October 2014
Cole McBride - St. Louis, June 2014
Junichi Yamaguchi - Tokyo, April 2014
Cabell Tice - New York, March 2014
Cabell Tice - Seattle, October 2013
Jennifer Hyesung Chun - Chicago, June 2013
Cabell Tice - New York, March 2013
Kei Hamada - Seattle, September 2012
Christopher "Nicely" Abel Alameda - Chicago, June 2012
"Kim" Yeung Yiu Fai - New York, March 2012
Christopher "nicely" Abel Alameda - Seattle, September 2011
Row Aczon - Hawaii, July 2011
Satoru Oiso - San Diego, June 2011
Ryan Soeder - Chicago, February 2011
Adam McGovern - Seattle, October 2010
Christopher "Nicely" Abel Alameda - Minneapolis, June 2010
Jeremy Sterner - Meadowlands, March 2010
Andrew Milsead - Seattle, September 2009
Chris DeFerio - Las Vegas, June 2009
Kevin Emmons - Chicago, February 2009
Young Min Lee - Hong Kong, November 2008
Hiroshi Sawada - Seattle, September 2008 Video
Ben Helfen - Washington D.C.; February 2008
Layla Osberg - Seattle, November 2007
Layla Osberg - Atlanta, June 2007
Chris Baca - Chicago, February 2007
Colter Jones - Seattle, October 2006
Reid Hickman - Las Vegas, June 2006
Reid Hickman - Washington D.C., February 2006
Lindsay Parker - Seattle, October 2005
Billy Wilson - Las Vegas, June 2005
Chris DeFerio - Chicago, February 2005
JC Morris - Seattle, October 2004
Daniel Wayne - Las Vegas, June 2004
Chris DeFerio - Washington D.C., March 2004
JC Morris - Seattle, October 2003
Sammy Piccolo - Atlantic City, March 2003
Zach Lackik - Seattle, November 2002

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