Taiwanese barista comes third at world latte art championship
Taipei, June 26 (CNA) Taiwanese barista Lin Shao-sing (林紹興) won third place in the World Coffee Championships latte art competition, which ended on Saturday in Milan, Italy.
Lin came in third after going through three rounds of the World Latte Art Championship, starting with the preliminary round which required the baristas to create a creative pattern. He then advanced to the first round where he had to make two identical free pout slats and two identical designer slats that challenged his decorating and engraving techniques.
Lin and 11 other baristas advanced to the semi-finals where they each created a matching set of free macchiatos and two matching sets of different free latte designs. Lin and five others then qualified for the final round.
In the final, the baristas were judged on creativity, visual attributes, pattern contrast, and matched patterns in pairs, as they had to create two different matching sets of free latest patterns and one matching set of designer slats. Lin finished in third place behind South Korean barista RORA and event champion Carmen Clemente of Italy.
During the event, Lin at one point caught the eye of the competition MC for a popular Taiwanese popcorn snack bag from Kuai Kuai (乖乖).
When asked on stage to explain why he took the snack, Lin said it’s a tradition in Taiwan to use the pun in the name of the snack, which means to be wise, in placing it next to the machines so that they run smoothly.
Explaining his chosen theme for the contest, Lin gave the judges a map of a zoo and said he would create designs resembling a zebra, a tiger, and a dog.
Lin said that since going to the zoo was his favorite thing to do with his family as a child, he intended to express that same feeling of joy in his cafe.
In the end, Lin came away with third place with the animals he made in his cafe.
The World Coffee Championships took place from June 23 to 25. The entire 2022 event was comprised of seven championship categories including the World Barista Championship, World Coffee in Fine Spirits Championship, World Brewers Cup, World Cup Tasters World Championship , the World Coffee Roasting Championship, the Cezve / Ibrik Championship and the World Latte Art. Championship, in which Lin participated.