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Sunday, February 20, 2005

The norwegian latte art championship was held today in the Oslo Atrium building, close to the new opera building site. Lots of air, light and space in that building. I would have loved to worked there. A friend of mine does, so now I am kind of jealous.

It was a quick competition since there were only 5 competitors and maybe 30 spectators including the judges. It is my understanding that this was the first time a latte art championship was held in Norway. The winner was Halvard from the Dromedar chain up in Trondheim.

It was a nice competiton, but it puzzles me why there isn't put more emphasis on the look of the latte art. They were graded on taste, presentation etc, and had to make some mandatory milk drinks as well as a signature beverage (limited to doing something on top of a milk drink). Doesn't this sort of sound like a traditional barista competition? a light version? It certainly does so to me. I think they should have put more emphasis on the art if that is what they want to promote by doing such a competition. The latte art I saw frankly wasn't that impressive, except for the art that Roy did according to my friend Audun. I didn't get there in time to see it. That being said, I guess taste should be a factor too. We all know how big a letdown a nice looking latte or cappa can be when the milk is way too soupy or the taste bad.

Well, here are some pictures I took while there. Enjoy and please leave a comment if you like them. I am a sucker for comments..hehe

The crowd
Latte Macchiato sketching
Halvard getting ready
Halvard pouring art on espresso macchiato
Using gas burner to make caramel on top of milk drink
SH paper cups - they're nice don't you think?
Another picture of the crowd
Halvard sketching
Winners. Halvard got a cool hand made (by Willy from SH) box with a champagne bottle inside)
Digicams everywhere
Swipe for coffee, no just kidding..:)
Yours truly (thanks Audun)
Interior of the building
Another one
And yet another one

2/20/2005 11:51:00 PM  

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