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Melissa Allison follows the world's biggest coffee-shop chain and other Seattle caffeine purveyors.

September 26, 2009 at 5:41 PM

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Baristas pour on the latte art at Coffee Fest Seattle

Posted by Melissa Allison

CoffeeFest 002.jpgAs you can see, I wasn't the only one taking pictures of the jaw-dropping latte art at this morning's qualifier for tomorrow's final round at Coffee Fest.

After the judges have a gander, the art shows up for attendees to marvel over until the foam slowly overtakes the espresso and the next round of cups arrive.

The tulip surrounded by two rosettas (below left) was poured by Philip Hong of Caffe Artigiano in Vancouver, B.C., while Billy Idol's "White Wedding" played on loudspeakers.

Last year's winner, Hiroshi Sawada of Tokyo, poured five rosettas (below right), a feat that I'd suggest pushes the boundaries of latte art into just plain showing off if he weren't such a cool guy.

Emcee Heather Perry said Sawada donated his cash award last year to Coffee Kids, and he's made a beautiful book of latte art with pictures and instructions (in Japanese) for pouring.

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