Baristas From South Florida Coffee Shops Will Show Off Their Latte Art Skills At C&I Studios' Art Of Coffee Competition
Local baristas will put their latte art skills to the test during FAT Village Art Walk this weekend.
At The Art of Coffee event on Saturday, June 25, baristas from South Florida coffee shops will gather for some friendly competition to determine who brews the most beautiful cups of coffee and who's got the smoothest pours.
The second annual event will be hosted at Brew Urban Cafe, a coffee shop and lounge located next door to C&I Studios in Fort Lauderdale's FAT Village. Doors will open for Art Walk at 6 p.m., with the competition kicking off at 7 p.m.
As baristas brew, pour and stir, a camera will be positioned to look down over their cups so that guests can watch the latte artists work from a bird's-eye view. Meanwhile, the footage will be projected onto a 20-foot wall.
Participating shops include SwitchBox Coffee Roasters in Oakland Park, The Seed in Boca, and Harold's Coffee Lounge in West Palm Beach.
Stephanie Dorsainvil, manager of C&I Studios's Next Door, which houses Brew Urban Cafe, looks forward to seeing coffee houses showcase the art of their craft.
"It's super interesting and strategic. There's a lot that goes into it, like the milk temperature," she said.
Dorsainvil said the baristas at Brew often get caught up in informal competition amongst themselves—comparing their best heart-shaped pours and more—which inspired the FAT Village coffee shop to invite others in for a full-scale event.
"I'm just excited to have different coffee shops come out and be friendly about business," she said.
After all, each one has something unique to bring to the table.
Dorsainvil says customers often catch her at spots like The Alchemist in Wilton Manors and call her a "traitor," but she insists she simply likes exploring all of the different vibes.
"It's like burgers. You can't really just have one favorite. They're all different," she said.
Hand-selected locals who enjoy South Florida's coffee shops will act as judges for The Art of Coffee competition, with the winning prize provided by the owner of Brew Urban Cafe.
Coffee roasters and shops will also have vendor booths to sell their merchandise and, of course, freshly roasted coffee.