Coffee artists win challenge
A LITTLE dragon has helped a local coffee maker to smoke a field of hot competitors to win the Coffs Coast 2011 Food Industry Association Food Service Award Barista Latte Art Challenge.
The competition, held at the FIA trade show at the Coffs Harbour Racing Club and Function Centre on November 8-9, featured 10 entrants showing off their skill in creating intricate designs to transform the average cup of coffee into a work of art.
Entrants had to make and pre-sent four cafe lattes in a tight time frame, supplying their own coffee of choice.
Various creations including rosettas, love hearts and tulips were served up but none of them compared to Cafe 180 owner, chef and barista Andrew Misselbrook's dragon, made on Amelia Franklin locally roasted organic coffee.
"The dragon is my masterpiece," Mr Misselbrook said.
"It took about three or four months to master - I would have practised on easily more than 100 coffees."
Not bad for a newcomer to the artform.
"I have only been doing latte art for 12 months, since I opened the cafe.
"I was inspired by the 2009 winner after I saw his work in an industry magazine and I thought, I want to do that."
Mr Misselbrook's passion for latte art is matched by his love for his cafe, which he has been steadily building up.
"The cafe is fast gaining a repu- tation for its coffee and food, with breakfast being a popular time of the day for the coffee lovers of Coffs Harbour."
Cafe 180 is at Northside Shopping Centre, Park Beach Road, Coffs Harbour, and is open from 7.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 3pm Saturday.
Inquiries: 6652 3728.