Latte Art Competition

Do you have the skills to pay the bills? Put your latte art to the test at Midwest’s hybrid coffee festival. Compete against the competition to take home the grand prize.


*no entry fee, but General Admission ticket is needed to enter the festival

Submissions close on TBD.

  • Judges will use separate scoresheet to assess each match of competition
  • Both competitor names will be clearly marked on each scoresheet
  • One point will be awarded for each category to the competitor that is judged to have executed the criteria most successfully
  • Each category on the score sheet will be marked with a “1” and a “0” to indicate scoring competitor.
  • Each competitor will receive a total score for each match from each judge
  • Each judge will submit the completed score sheet to the head judge who will collate the combined scores to determine who wins the match and progresses to the next round.
  • The adjudication process should take no longer than 1 min 30 seconds – 2 mins for each round
  • Completed scoresheets for each match will be available for competitors to view once the round has finished
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers overall

Judging is based on five categories. One point will be awarded for each category to the competitor judged to have executed the criteria most successfully. The winner of the round will be the competitor with the highest combined score from all three judges.



The competitor who places their drink down first so that it is touching the saucer wins the speed point. Making great latte art quickly is a necessary skill for a professional barista.



This category refers to how the design sits in the cup. Depending on the classic understanding of the design being presented it should be centered in the cup or balanced in relation to the edges of the cup. This is both an issue of precision and/or esthetic.



The lines of a design will be judged according to how crisp or sharp they are. Fuzzy or softer edges will lose to defined and clear lines. The design will be judged according to which pattern has the highest percentage of clear lines.



This category relates to how the artist puts their personal touch on a latte art design compared to their opponent and common understanding of what that designs classic pattern is. In the absence of an obvious creative mark, the overall difficulty of the pours will be assessed.



This category judges the overall execution of the design based on what is commonly understood as ideal. Wayward cut-throughs or other elements that are too vague in appearance vs. all elements of the design itself being clear, present, and obvious to the judges.







Join the Competition

Fill out the form below to apply to be one of the baristas at the Latte Art Competition. Spots are limited, so don’t wait! Submissions close on TBD.


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