Latte Art Smackdown brings out Launceston's best baristas

POUR PERFECTION: Mojo Music's Tia Landeg takes out her heat in the Latte Art Smackdown in Launceston on Wednesday night. Twenty-six baristas faced off in the challenge at Mojo Music. Picture: Hamish Geale

POUR PERFECTION: Mojo Music's Tia Landeg takes out her heat in the Latte Art Smackdown in Launceston on Wednesday night. Twenty-six baristas faced off in the challenge at Mojo Music. Picture: Hamish Geale

Some of Tasmania's best baristas assembled in Launceston last night for the firiest froth-off of them all - the Latte Art Smackdown. 

Held at Mojo Music, the competition saw 26 baristas go head-to-head in elimination challenges to see who could pour the most consistent and impressive latte art.

A dice was rolled before the start of each round to decide which artwork baristas were required to reproduce - such as a swan, tulip or love heart - with three judges voting on who would make it through to the next round. 

“Most of the cafe scene from Launceston is represented tonight so they’ve all got behind it,” Doppio director Paul Sellars said. 

“It’s very tricky, these guys would have done thousands of coffees, not just one or two, so some of the work they do is amazing.”

These guys would have done thousands of coffees, not just one or two, so some of the work they do is amazing. - Paul Sellars

Mr Sellars said he was pleased with the turnout, which saw about 100 spectators gather to cheer on their local baristas.

“Given it’s in the middle of winter, to get this on a school night is pretty good.

“There’s people who have driven up from Hobart and the North-West Coast to compete so that’s really encouraging and we’re thankful for the efforts they’ve gone to.”

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