Genovese Coffee gets set to host MIFF Latte Art Smackdown tomorrow

Genovese Coffee will host a Latte Art Smackdown at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) on 11 August.

To celebrate the screening of Barista, a documentary about five barista’s journey to the United States Barista Championship, Genovese will host the smackdown event to coincide with the film festival.

Competitor registration for the smackdown is now full, however spectators are encouraged to watch the free event which promises to be full of talent and friendly rivalry.

Participants will have the chance to share in more than $2000 in prizes when the event kicks off at 5pm at The Blackhearts Club at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre.

Baristas will go head-to-head in knockout rounds. Competitors will face-off using the new Viper standalone steam wand unit.

Espresso shots will be pulled for competitors separately. Baristas will get one go attempt to pour a pattern of their choice. The judges will point to their top pick on the count of three.

The pour that receives the most picks will win, and the competitor will progress to the next round until there is one champion standing.

Judges will include Joe Tynan of Cafe Imports, Ben Toovey of Genovese Coffee, and Sarah Baker of BeanScene magazine.

First place will receive a prize pack valued at $1200, runner up will receive a prize pack valued at $760, and third place will receive a prize pack valued at $280.

They include gifts such as a Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) Diploma module of the winner’s choosing, a Dolo cold drip tower, Rhinoware accessories, Little Guy Induction Top, AeroPress coffee maker, a World Barista Championship apron, and much more. For a full list of prizes click here.

Bombora Coffee and Water Supplies, Cafe Imports Australia, The Little Guy Espresso, Dolo Cafe Supplies, Viper Steamer, and Procal Dairies are proud supporters of Genovese Coffee’s Latte Art Smackdown.

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