Canadian Barista & Coffee Academy

February 08, 2005 12:07 ET

Canadian Barista & Coffee Academy presents Regional competitions

featuring World Latte Art Champion and World Barista Medalist Sammy Piccolo Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Food/Beverage Editor, Home/Garden Editor, Lifestyle Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 8, 2005) - The Canadian Barista & Coffee Academy is presenting the Regional Barista Competitions in February in Toronto and Montreal, and in Vancouver in March. Contestants will compete for a spot at the Canadian Nationals in Toronto in June. At each of the events, Canada's two-time Barista Champion, Silver World Barista Medalist and World Latte Art Champion, Sammy Piccolo of Vancouver's Caffe Artigiano will be on hand to demonstrate his artistic skills as he goes through the performance in competition that won him both Gold and Silver medals. He will also teach Latte Art.

Latte Art has been practised in Italy for decades, but only recently has it caught on in Vancouver. Starting with a shot of high-grade espresso, baristi ("coffee bartenders") steam a pitcher of milk to just the right consistency then gently pour elegant designs -- rosettes and hearts -- in the foam on each espresso. It's an art form that's now catching on right across the country.

At each regional gathering, the Canadian Barista and Coffee Academy will also provide Barista Training, along with a Barista Jam and the Regional championships as follows:

1) Eastern Region Canadian Barista Championships -- February 24 & 25, 2005 in Toronto and February 27 & 28, 2005 in Montreal.

2) Western Region Canadian Barista Championship -- March 7 & 8, 2005 during The Foodservice Expo at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver.

The winner of each competition will win a trip to Toronto and go on to the semi-final rounds at the Canadian National Barista Championship June 13 & 14, 2005 at the Holiday Inn on King in Toronto to be held during the Canadian Coffee & Tea Expo 2005, Canada's largest trade show and educational forum for the coffee and tea industries.

This is the first time Eastern Canadians will experience the energy and excitement of the Canadian National Barista Championship and regional championships. Like The Iron Chef™, it has become a very popular spectator sport in the foodservice industry.

The Academy will also offer hands-on training for those new to the industry or those who want to perfect their skills. On the first day, two workshops will be offered: Barista Basics & Espresso Training and Advanced Barista Training & Latte Art -- the art of creating rosettes and designs in a latte presented by Sammy Piccolo. The second day will cover the rules of competition in a Barista Jam also featuring Sammy Piccolo, followed by a competition for the regional title and a spot in the Nationals in June.

Worldwide, Barista Championships have proved to be popular events. Audiences are thrilled by the skills of the espresso operators and their ability to make their drinks extraordinary by creating latte art on top of their beverages. As the premier regional event in Canada, organizers are encouraging baristi from cafes and restaurants to sign up. Competition is open to both novices and seasoned operators alike, and some fabulous prizes are available to be won.

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To arrange an interview with Sammy Piccolo or obtain further information on the Competitions and Training call:

Vida Radovanovic 416 784-5210 or

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Contact Information

  • Vida Radovanovic, President, Canadian Barista & Coffee Academy
    Primary Phone: 416-784-5210