The 2015 World Latte Art Championship starts today, taking place on 16-18 June 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden. A few things you need to know about Dave Regan and the journey to the championships. This is months if not years in the making, because we had the Irish Latte Art championships in conjunction with Irish Barista Championships (IBC) in February to determine the representatives for this competition and the World Barista Championships.
Now, Latte art is not like a barista competitions and it sets itself apart as the competitors can really be neck and neck with very different designs. Dave Regan has spent several years in coffee at numerous world-class cafes including 3fe, Prufrock, and now, Vice Coffee Inc. In the competition you're required to pour 3 designs that can be distinctly different. Dave chose to link the pours creatively with some continuity; the theme was the progression or life-cycle of a birds of paradise flower. If you have every seen this, it is a beautiful tropical flower, so when Dave described it my mind was blown. He started with the blossom and then finished with the full bloom.
There are a few technical planning tips that he shared when we sat down together. At IBC, he had built a special bucket to hold his milk jugs in an ice bath - because the colder your milk the better and smoother your milk foam. Secondly, he had borrowed three clever brewers. I know, you're thinking why does one need 3 brewers for a latte art competition? Well it was to pre-portion the milk in to the jugs for steaming as the regulations state you can't pour in to the vessel prior to the competition. One element of the latte art competition is the barista's ability to replicate the same pour over again - so it must match the image provided to judges. There is a free pour and a designer pour into 12-oz. latte cups.
Today was the first day of competition and we're so proud of all the hard work that it has taken to get here. GO DAVE! We are so excited to watch you compete.
Watch Dave at 3:22!