The Top 16 qualifiers invited to the Live Finals are below:
Sua Hong – Wins $1500
Arisa Fukuhara -Wins an $800 Voucher for “Opening a Coffee Business” from Canadian Barista & Coffee Academy
Lauren de Silva – Wins a Reg Barber Coffee Tamper
Cole (from Nemesis)
Kyoung Jun Min
The Top 16 qualifiers have all been invited to perform in the Live Finals on September 21st, 6:30-8:30pm at
The NEW Kafka’s Coffee Shop by Emily Carr University (577 Great Northern Way, Vancouver, BC).
Each competitor’s performances at the live event will be filmed by Starbeat and uploaded directly onto the Live Voting Channel contest.starbeat.tv with a specific voting time period for the world to decide who should be named Vancouver’s Top Latte Artist. Awards will be given out that night after voting has commenced,
Due to occupancy restrictions Ticket Holders will be admitted into the venue on a First Come First Serve basis and more will be allowed in as others leave. There will be other festivities outside the venue during the evening and also random ticket holders will be selected throughout the evening to participate in a special “Latte Art Crash Course” from 8:30-9:30pm presented by Breville.
“Presented by Breville, ECM, Canadian Barista Academy, Barista Canada, Agro Roasters, Storm Brewing, Silver Chef, and Kafka’s Coffee Shop”
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Our Esteemed 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 Champion and 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.
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.
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 Championships from 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.