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