Ozone Coffee Roasters to host Taranaki's first Latte Art ThrowDown video

ROBERT CHARLES/Stuff.co.nz

Ozone Coffee Roasters in New Plymouth will be hosting a Latte Art competition in August.

Taste will take a back seat to design when a group of barista compete in Taranaki's first ever Latte Art ThrowDown.

Friday night's competition will feature 16 baristas from around the country battling it out for the title at the Ozone Coffee Roasters bean store in New Plymouth.

General manager Te Kawa Robb said competitors from Taranaki, Auckland, Wellington, Palmerston North and the Waikato had already signed up and would follow strict national barista guild rules and a knock-out format.

Ozone's Nico Refiti has helped organise Taranaki's first ever Latte Art Throwdown which will run on Friday night.
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Ozone's Nico Refiti has helped organise Taranaki's first ever Latte Art Throwdown which will run on Friday night.

"It's all free pouring, you can't use a stick or spoon.

"It's a quick fire, high energy comp and banter is encouraged."

As well as the title, there is $200 cash for the winner and a bunch of other prizes. 

While the competition, which starts at 6pm, would be fun, Robb said some baristas took latte art "very, very seriously."

"I've seen some amazing designs in my time, the best was a dragon spitting fire.

"The best I could do is an apple."

Fellow organiser Nico Refiti, who's worked as a barista for about nine years, said all designs were based on the heart and rosetta artforms.

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Refiti said there were national and international latte art competitions and some of New Zealand's best even travelled the world sharing their skill.

And while there might not be a fire-breathing dragon drawn up on Friday there would be "some nice tulips and maybe a swan."

*To register for this event please email nico@ozonecoffee.co.nz with your full name and place of work.

 - Stuff

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