THE 7th Mizpah-Pinoy Barista KL Latte Art Throwdown saw 32 participants battling it out to come up with the best and most unique latte art design in Kuala Lumpur.
The five-round competition that included the semi-final and final had baristas, employed at various cafes in Kuala Lumpur, competing to earn bragging rights.
Criteria for judging at the event that took place at Koffie Craft — Dutch Boutique Cafe at The Sphere in Bangsar South, included symmetry, definition, aesthetics, technicality and creativity.
Marlon Dingaling from Roost Cafe in Bangsar emerged as champion for his unicorn design latte art.
Second place went to Day Dreamers Cafe’s Melvin Abuan who drew a rabbit.
Pinoy Barista KL founding president Arnold Cadag, who was also one of the judges, said the competition was to showcase the skills of the baristas. Most of the competitors were Filipinos.
“The event is also meant to connect professional baristas and various players in the industry,” he said.
Koffie Craft chief executive officer Antonius C van Gevelt said there was a huge potential for baristas in Malaysia.
“In Australia, for example, good baristas are highly regarded.
“With the competition, each barista becomes better (in their craft) and it encourages them to be confident,” said Gevelt.
The panel of judges included Barista Guild Asia founder and academic director Daniel Liew and Pinoy Barista KL founder Aaron De Guzman.
Barista Guild Asia is a Malaysian coffee academy dedicated to training baristas, cafe owners and managers. It also offers coffee catering and consultation for cafe operations. — By AIDA AHMAD