Latte Art World Championship Open

Coffee Fest Presents:

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.)

LA 2018 final results

deadline - january 13th
 los angeles APPLICATION
DEADLINE - July 7th

Prize Money:

  • 1st Place - $2500
  • 2nd Place - $1500
  • 3rd Place - $1000

Latte Art World Judging Criteria

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.

Judging is Based on Five Categories:

  • Aesthetic Beauty
  • Definition
  • Color Infusion
  • Degree of Difficulty & Creativity
  • Speed

**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.

AdditIonal judging critera

Chris Deferio, Keys to the Shop Podcast

Chris Deferio is an 18 year veteran of the specialty coffee industry. Over the years working in the trenches of some of the nations best shops Chris has taken on many roles - from award winning barista work, bar training, and competition -  to management, business development, and consultation. His focus and passion is helping cafes develop the foundational elements for success in caring for their staff, customer, and coffee quality. He now runs Keys to the Shop, a leading industry podcast and consultation business based in Louisville, KY, where he lives with his wife, son, and probably too many coffee mugs. 

Terika Raak, La Marzocco

Terika Raak currently works for La Marzocco.  She has been in the industry for more than ten years and continues to get excited about learning new things each day.  Over the past few years Terika has enjoyed judging at barista competitions and competing in whatever latte art throwdown she can find.


Coffee Fest World Latte Art Championship Open

Rules, Regulations, and Code of Conduct

The Set Up:

Each of the two stations are equipped with:

  • One 2 Group Nuova Simonelli Aurellia 2
  • 1 Mahlkonig Grinder & 1 Nuova Simonelli Grinder
  • Dillon’s Blend Coffee from Dillanos Coffee Roasters
  • 1 Tamper
  • 1Knock Box
  • 12oz milk pitchers
  • Whole Milk
  • Bar towels
  • 3oz & 6oz Ceramic Cups

*Competitors are encouraged to bring your own tamper, milk pitcher, and cups

  • Everything else must remain unchanged
  • The espresso bar equipment is only to be used during competition time. At no point is anyone allowed to use the equipment after the competition for any reason outside of explicit permission given by Coffee Fest staff

The Espresso Machine Will Be Pre-Calibrated to the Following Profile:

  • 9 bars
  • R/O water
  • 200 F
  • 18 grams in
  • 32 grams out
  • 28 second duration

Pre-Competition Meeting:

We will have a meeting at the Latte Art Competition venue to cover the rules, the work area etc. 

The Competition:

On Deck:

  • Be aware of your scheduled competition time and make sure you are in the competition area at least 10 minutes before you are scheduled to start.
  • If you are not present during your competition time the Emcee will call your name twice. After this, the next alternate will take your space and you will not be eligible to continue in the competition.

At The Start

  • Wait until the last competitor is done cleaning and has collected their gear
  • Competitors are required to start with empty milk pitchers and may not practice on the equipment prior to the start of the competition time
  • Milk can be staged in the original milk containers
  • Cups may also be staged anywhere but the plate under the camera
  • The two competitors will have a total of 3 minutes to pour and submit one milk drink
  • You may pour as many drinks in the time as you like or can but the drink must be touching the plate under the cameras before the 3 minutes have elapsed for it to be counted.
  • If you do not make it your opponent will automatically move on.


  • When you have finished you must walk your drink over to the judges table for scoring
  • Wait in the wings for the announcement of the rounds winner
  • A runner will take the tray containing each pour to the center of the seating area for photos


1 Point per Category:

  • Speed
  • Esthetic Beauty & Balance
  • Color Infusion
  • Definition
  • Difficulty & Creativity

Suspension or Disqualification:

Coffee Fest Latte Art World Championship Open takes competitor disqualification and or suspension very seriously and will not arrive upon a disqualification and or suspension decision lightly. Any disqualification will be agreed upon by all three judges and the show manager. 

Cause For Disqualification:

  • No show.
  • Abusive language toward other competitors, judges or staff.
  • Taunting and/or berating or being loud and distracting toward your opponent during their three minute competition time. 
  • Entering the other competitors space while they are on their competition time
  • Using the espresso equipment for any reason outside of you competition time and clean-up.
  • Any form of sabotage to the equipment, grinder, etc.
  • Entering the judges table space for any reason during the judging process after reasonable warning(s)
  • Failure to appear at two competitions after competitor application accepted and competitor assigned spot on bracket that has been posted and circulated.


Should a competitor fail to show up, the next alternate will be permitted to take their place. Alternates must arrive at the competition venue at 11:00am to put their name on the waiting list. It is first come, first served. Previous champions may not compete as alternates. 


Los Angeles 2018
1. Ujae Lee  – Plantshed; New York, NY
Daisuke Tanaka – Turner Style; Osaka, Japan 
3. Mason Marth  – Lineage Coffee Roasting; Kissimmee, Florida 

Denver 2018
1. Mason Marth  – Lineage Coffee Roasting; Kissimmee, Florida
2. Matthew Bolchi  – Commonwealth; Rochester Hills, MI
3. Takehiro Okudaira - CAFERISTA; Nagareyama, Japan

Baltimore 2018
1. Lance Hedrick  – Onyx Coffee Lab; Springdale, Arkansas
2. Ujae Lee  – Plant Shed; New York, New York
Ryan Lim - Cafein; Burke, Virginia

Portland 2017
1. Antoine Franklin  – Greenway Coffee; Houston, TX
2. Chris Lin  – Milkglider; Taipei City, Taiwan
Daisuke Tanaka - Mondial Kaffee 328; Osaka, Japan

Chicago 2017
1. Lance Hedrick  – Dr. Bean’s Coffee and Tea Emporium; Memphis, TN
2. Takashi Ueno  – Cafe Agora; Hamilton, New Zealand
3. Ryan Soeder – Sunergos Coffee; Louisville, KY

Nashville 2017
1. Robert Kim - Bambina NewMarket; Auckland, New Zealand
2. Lance Hedrick - Dr. Bean's Coffee and Tea Emporium; Memphis, TN
3. Daisuke Tanaka - Mondial Kaffee 328; Osaka, Japan

Anaheim 2016
1. Nobumasa Shimoyama – Superrandom; Melbourne, Australia
2. Woodentamper Kim – Café Woodentamper; Seoul, South Korea
3. Supachai Swangumpi  – Bangkok, Thailand

Dallas 2016
1. Shinsaku Fukayama – Sensory Lab; Washington D.C.
2. Antoine Franklin  – Phoenix Coffee Co.; Cleveland, OH
3. Nobumasa Shimoyama – Superrandom; Brighton, Australia

New York 2016
1. Kwok Ying Lai - Sensory Zero; Hong Kong
2. Nobumasa Shimoyama - Superrandom; Brighton, Australia
3. Steven Lim - S&D Coffee and Tea; Concord, NC

Portland 2015
1. Steven Lim - S&D Coffee and Tea; Concord, NC
2. Bethany Hargrove - BARISTA; Portland, OR
3. Kunie Inaba - Platform7; Vancouver, B.C.

Osaka 2015
1. Hirokazu Azuma - Bar Zumaccino; Japan
2. Shu Konishi - % Arabica Kyoto; Japan
3. Kazuma Ozaki - The Cups; Japan

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

  • 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
  • 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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