Our 2018 Vancouver Top Latte Art Judges
Cole is the Director of Coffee at Rosso Coffee Roasters. Splitting his time between origin countries, while establishing relationships with producers, and his hometown of Calgary, while training baristas and focusing on quality control. Cole is a proud member of the specialty coffee industry and a perennial barista competitor. This year, Cole was crowned the Canadian Barista Championand most recently finished 5th in the World Barista Championship.
Sammy is a Vancouver coffee legend and Broncos fan for life. He was the World Latte Art Champion in Singapore and a Coffee Fest Latte Art World Champion way back in March 2003. He is a four time Canadian Barista Champion and the only barista to ever finish in the top 3 in the World Barista Championship 4 times! Sammy is the owner and operator of Prado Cafe and the most recently opened Spade coffee.
Les is a Canadian Barista & Coffee Academy Co-founder, Head of Curriculum and the Dean of the Vancouver Campus and a keen student of all things coffee since the 90’s helping many baristas and business owners realize their dreams.
Les was part of that first group of Canadians to be certified as SCAA Lead Instructors in 2012. He was the Canadian National Body Representative for the Canadian Barista Championshipsfrom 2004-2015 and the Head Judge of the Canadian Barista Championships for several years before retiring in 2014.
Tristan has been a barista for over ten years and with Fernwood Coffee Co for more than five years now, where he trains and roasts when not on bar. Tristan has been a competitor many times over many years in local and national competitions. Tristan’s long history of competing and training gives him a keen eye when it comes to Latte Art and will offer a sound opinion to this event.
Laura is the co-founder of Lüna Coffee in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her MO is sourcing delightful, articulate coffees and a focus on light roasting to maintain vibrancy and sweetness. She loves good design, delicious food and floral natural wines.
Laura has spent more than a decade of her life in specialty coffee as a Barista, Cafe Manager and eventually a Barista Trainer of a 3rd Wave Specialty Coffee Chain in Ontario. Laura has been a Cup of Excellence Juror/Observer, certified as a Q grader and before opening Lüna Coffee in Vancouver she was a Supply Chain Manager and Green Buyer for 49th Parallel.
Laura competed as a Barista in the Eastern Regional Competitions in Canada and participated as a Judge for numerous Canadian Barista Championships.