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Melbourne's World Champion Latte Artist

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Published on Aug 10, 2009

The next story might cause you to be a little more critical when next at your favorite coffee shop.

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Serving up great tasting, creative lattes in a busy café, requires skill, finesse, speed, and a bulls eye determination, to get the perfect cup of coffee over and over again.

Con Haralambopoulos, from Melbournes 7 Grams Café, has honed these skills so thoroughly, that its earned him the title of 2008 World Latte Art Champion, and Australian Latte Art Champion in 2006 and 2007. Con tells us about what kicked off his passion.

[Con Haralambopoulos, Latte Art World Champion]:
I kind of took up latte art maybe 5 years ago. I saw it in a cafe in the city and I just thought, well it'd be a great way to crown a beverage.

So what does it take to be victor in the World Latte Art Championships?.

[Con Haralambopoulos, Latte Art World Champion]:
What the judges are looking for, it comes down to 50% flavor and 50% symmetrical designs. So basically in that competition format is six strengths in a minute and the first set of beverages is a cappuccino followed by a short macchiato and finishing off with a designer beverage of your choice.

And for the budding Baristas out there, Cons tips to creating a great cup of coffee.

[Con Haralambopoulos, Latte Art World Champion]:
Number one, firstly the extraction, resembling a kind of reddish, brown reflection in the cup. Stick by a 30 mill, 30 second pour. And obviously with freshly ground coffee, aromatics apply there. Three very important tips. And obviously if the coffee tastes good, that's a good indication.

Theres also indication that more and more people might be seen admiring their very own latte creations, in the not-too-distant future.

[Con Haralambopoulos, Latte Art World Champion]:
There's so much education going on. Latte art schools, barista schools. And you know the home barista scene has also exploded as well. I think that in 2006 and 2007, coffee machines were the biggest selling item in stores. So that's got to say something.

And were guessing its saying coffees here to stay.

Kati Turcu, NTD, Melbourne, Australia

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