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Latte Art ThrowDown II: The Finale!

November 11, 2009 4 comments

Having 17 competitors working through 34 cups of coffee, we still had time for a few more to get their hands on the machine. Kimberly called for competitors to step up, and I was volunteered by my teammates at Oriole to try my hands at impressing the judges. I could only manage a triple rosetta under that tremendous pressure. And that wraps up this round of competition.

Everyone took a short break while our 3 wonderful judges took meticulous effort to tally up the score. And surprisingly we have a tie for the top position. Shin Hao got a high score of 24 from 3 judges, with an average of 8 (max score is 10) and I managed to tie his score of 24. So to decide the winner, we had to do a tie-breaker. It was done in a face-off style. Both of us decide to pour a tulip for the face off. He did a 3 tier tulip while I attempted a 5 tier tulip. (Well it’s not about how many you pour, it’s more of how define the art is) The judges deliberated long and hard, and we were tied again!

So it’s face-off round 2. This time, the judges wanted us to duplicate what we just poured. And the art will be compared to the previous one and it will be judged on the similarities and definition. And I was awarded an extra point for similarity. It was a close call and it’s definitely a tough decision by the judges… Well I guess I walked away with the pot as well as the tamper thrown in by Kimberly, a bottle of red wine, courtesy of Oriole Cafe & Bar which was shared among some of the Baristas present.

Before you all thought that was the end of the night, we had an impromptu finale which is the Blindfold Pouring! Thanks also to Kimberly for throwing in the Reg Barber tamper as a prize! We opened it up to 5 contestants that were adventurous to attempt such a feat. (We had Ian, Raj, Terence, Alif & Danny)

Two thumbs up to Terence who managed to pull off a rosetta while being blindfolded. Well done my friend.

As the event came to a close, many of the baristas stayed on for a few drinks while we caught up after not meeting for a couple of months, we look forward to such gathering again. A round of applause to Kimberly for such an initiative, thank you to Emmanuel for helping to co-ordinate the flow of event. Once again thanks to SCA & Greenfields for helping us baristas & coffee lovers to meet. I’m already looking forward to meeting everyone at the next event.

I’m really glad to see baristas putting effort to improve the level of latte art in Singapore. We believe all this passionate & professional baristas will certainly elevate the coffee scene here in Singapore. Well done guys, keep brewing with dedication.

Categories: latte art, oriole

Latte Art ThrowDown II (part 2/3)

November 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Our coverage continues..

We have Faz from Jones stepping up to the machine, & we have a double heart on display. Good Job! Jocelyn from Spinelli, got ‘forced’ by Kimberly to take a shot at the machine, she pulled a lovely rosetta to give everyone a run for their money…

Faz having a go at the machine

Jocelyn of Spinelli

max smiling for the camera

Next up, we have Max (-the winner of Oriole’s previous round of Throwdown and, currently churning out coffee at Aerin’s). We can feel the pressure he is under to claim another round of bragging rights as he placed a lovely heart on the judges table.

Terence stepping up!

Terence from Kova wows the judges with a showcase of triple hearts. You can see that it went well with the 2 lady judges. Well done Terence.




Danny PangDanny from Espressoul shows what a seasoned showman can do by pouring a nicely defined rosetta with no pressure at all. Fareed of Gloria Jeans gets a rosetta onto the table almost effortlessly.

Fareed from GJIan from CuppaIan Consulta, award winning barista from CuppaChoice, shows everyone why he is one of the best by pouring an angel with a halo. Kudos to him for pulling off such a feat.






Vic from Oriole did not disappoint by pulling his new design. What should I call it? A two way rosetta? Till I find another name. My dear friend Chris Yeo from Spinelli does what he do best, charming the ladies with a beautiful heart on the top of the coffee. Well done my friend. Shin Hao from Starbucks, putting a very composed display with a HD (high-definition) rosettaVic looking intensely at the coffee.ShinHaoChris preparing his milk




DayardNext up, we have a last minute entry, (I think he’s Dayard, will someone please help me on this!) what a nice rosetta, he poured it and twist it to the side. What a different art he has displayed to the judges. Under the crowd’s insistence, Mr Ross Bright, Vice Chairman of the SCA steps up to show everyone that a Master Roaster can pour a rosetta as well as any Barista. Chris Short calls it a rosetta with a halo. Nice one Ross.Ross, our vice-chair of SCA




Next up, the results!

Categories: latte art, oriole

Latte Art ThrowDown II (part 1/3)

November 7, 2009 Leave a comment

After all the dust has settled, we finally found the time to blog about Oriole Cafe’s Latte Art ThrowDown II.

This time round, we managed to attract a total of 18 participants (although a few of us joined in the fun only at the very last minute).

First & foremost, we would like to extend our thanks to the people who made this possible, Singapore Coffee Association (SCA) for reaching out to all the members as well as coffee lovers, Kimberly who has been running tirelessly seeing to all the mechanics and logistics. Kudos to Greenfields for sponsoring the milk, as well as the representatives from Greenfields who came down to support the event, Mr Gilbert, Ms Carmen & Mr Samson. Special mention must be given to Ms Carmen, Mr Christopher Short of Caffeto & Ms Kimberly Yer who spend their precious time to be our judges.

Carmen, Kimberly & Chris Short
Milk for The NiteBy 7.40pm and after a few rounds of beer and wine, we got the event off to a start. First up, we have Alif who plies his trade at Jones. Nerves set in when you are the first person to step up. Nevertheless, he pulled off a very nice wave heart to the judges. Ivy from Oriole was the next, first time she is pulling latte art in front of such a large crowd, sees a little shivers in her hands. Puts out a lovely rosetta with nice solid foam. I take my hat off to her for being able to withstand the pressure even though she has been a barista only for the past three months.








Alif getting ready

Ivy looks on while waiting for her turn

Raj from our sister restaurant, Bedrock, got a little nice rosetta onto the table as well. Everyone can see that he has been putting hard work into training for this. Nizam of Jones amazed everyone by pulling off a swan. It’s definitely a lovely piece of work. Oriole has another barista putting his skill to the test; Astro stepped up and put a rosetta with lovely foam and nice definition.

Astro frothing the milk

Raj getting ready...

Nizam of Jones











In part 2..competitors from Gloria Jeans, Starbucks, Spinelli, CuppaChoice Espressoul and the SCA throw it down!