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Latte Art Throwdown

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Cincinnati Coffee Festival Latte Art Throwdown. The competition was fierce and the judges had to make difficult decisions. We can’t wait to see you at next year’s competition!

1st place: Libby Landis, Collective Espresso

2nd place: Dan Crowe, Lola’s

3rd place: Sean Varady, Pneuma


Beauty is in the eye of the cup-holder and latte art is the hallmark of beautifully pulled espresso, carefully steamed milk, and the artistic touch of a dedicated, skilled barista. Calling all baristas for the inaugural Cincinnati Coffee Festival Latte Art Throwdown. Wherever baristas gather, you can expect a latte art throwdown as a means of camaraderie, friendly competition, and expression of our craft.

Cincinnati Coffee Festival Latte Throwdown Coffee CompetitionThe competition will be head-to-head, bracket style and three judges will determine whose milk pouring aesthetics will advance. At the end of the competition, one steady-handed barista will be crowned the supreme latte artist of Greater Cincinnati.

Participation is FREE; however, you must have a vendor pass or purchase a Festival ticket to gain access to the event and competition area.

Space is limited and spots will be given on a first come, first served basis. We will contact you to confirm your spot.

The latte art throwdown is on Saturday, November 11th and begins at 10:30am. All competitors should be at the Festival by 10:15am.

To purchase a ticket, please visit: http://www.cincinnaticoffeefestival.com/tickets/

If you think you have what it takes and would like to enter the Latte Art Throwdown, please register here.

Good luck to all competitors!

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Latte Art Throwdown Rules

Bracket will be set by 10a on Sat 11 Nov in order to accommodate last-minute additions. The throwdown will start at 10.30a – you must be available when your name is called. Two baristas will pour head-to-head for three judges to determine who advances to the next round. The baristas eliminated from the final four will pour one final time to determine the third place barista. The final round will determine the champion followed by the second place barista.

This is a one-pull, one-pour throwdown.

Cups will be Acme & Co latte cups: https://www.acmecupsusa.com/collections/original-cups/products/acme-latte-cup-6-pack

You are welcome to bring your own steaming pitcher or use one provided.

Milk will be Traders Point Creamery whole milk.

Latte art will be judged on overall aesthetic. While factors of great latte art (color infusion, contrast, symmetry) will be considered, judges will independently choose their preferred pour and the barista who earns at least 2 out of 3 judges’ votes advances.




AeroPress coffee and espresso maker
1 small-batch bag – Carabello Coffee
1 lb. Sunergos Coffee
Ohio River Foundation sweatshirt


AeroPress coffee and espresso maker
12oz bag Intelligentsia coffee (Bow Tie Café)
Sunergos Klean Kanteen
1 set of 3 enamel Carabello Coffee pins
1 lb. Sunergos Coffee
Ohio River Foundation sweatshirt


AeroPress coffee and espresso maker
Carabello Coffee hat and 12oz camping mug
1 lb. Sunergos Coffee
Ohio River Foundation sweatshirt