Barista Battles

Austin's best baristas battle it out in latte art throwdown

Austin's best baristas battle it out in latte art throwdown

Editor's note: CultureMap is proud to present the latest installment in our partnership with KLRU and the documentary series Arts in Context, currently nominated for 10 Lone Star Emmys. Together, they tell stories about the arts in Austin and the creative people who continue to make our city's art scene thrive as Arts in Context Shorts.

This week, KLRU looks at some unconventional art in "Pour Your Heart Out." Meeting once a month in a head-to-head latte art throwdown, Austin-based baristas and coffee nerds transform our early-morning beverages into temporary pieces of art at TNT ATX. These latte artists travel from across Texas for coffee, competition, camaraderie and community.

During competition, two baristas square off to see who can create the best latte art. Demonstrating before a panel of coffee-loving judges, the winner is selected and then immediately jumps into the next competition. Besides a big ol' badge of barista pride, the winner also receives a cash prize at the end of the evening.


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Barista battle at TNT ATX
Baristas go head-to-head in a battle to see who can create the best work of latte art. Photo by Maia Assaf