SPLAT: Round 1

SPLAT, or Sacramento’s Public Latte Art Tournament, kicked off last night at Chocolate Fish Coffee on Folsom Blvd. A total of 44 contestants competed, representing an eclectic collection of Sacramento, Bay Area, and the foothill coffee houses.

The turnout was enormous. Coffee devotees packed wall-to-wall, standing on tip-toes to get a glimpse of the competitors who, after pouring, set their work in front of a panel of judges that included Jake from Temple Coffee, Lucas from Insight, and Ryan from Old Soul. They scored each pour on 4 criteria: contrast, milk texture/quality, symmetry, and difficulty.

Four of the six semi-finalists were Temple baristas (yeah!), and the final round saw Che Garcia (Ritual), Chris Ortega (Temple), and Cole Cuchna (Temple) battling for first, second and third. Che, who drove here from SF, is the former Bay Area TNT champion. Each poured and were judged individually.

After all three poured, Che and Cole were tied, and threw-down a sudden-death head to head. When it was all said and done, Cole took third, Che second, and Chris took the grand prize.

The tournament scores were tallied for each contestant and will be saved and added to throughout the three remaining contests. The competitor who earns the most amount of points will win the grand prize in June. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/SPLAT-Sacramento-Public-Latte-Art-Tournament/1434440246788363.