Genovese Coffee to host MIFF Latte Art Smackdown

Genovese Coffee are hosting 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.

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.

The format of the smackdown is simple. 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.

Registrations are filling up past. To book your spot in the smackdown, email

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.

Guests are invited to enjoy enjoy a screening of Barista at Federation Square’s AMCI theatre following the smackdown at 6.30pm. Tickets for the film are available at

Barista follows the story of five top US baristas as they push themselves to the limits as they attempt to win the US National Barista Championship – dubbed a “surreal competition where even one mistake is far too many”.

Watch the trailer of Barista below.

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