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Houston Dominates The World Of Latte Art

Several champion baristas are from Houston, so we learn about the world of competitive “latte throwdowns.”

Latte Art
An example of latte art created by champion Houston barista Emilee Bryant.

Houston is a hotbed for competitive latte art — baristas who create images in the foam of your fancy coffee.

For example, earlier this year, Emilee Bryant, who was living here at the time and working at Greenway Coffee, won the top prize at the Coffee Fest Latte Art World Championship Open.

And many of the top competitors at these contests are often from Houston, according to Chris Porto of Houston’s Boomtown Coffee.

Barista Emilee Bryant
In March 2019, barista Emilee Bryant, who was working at Houston’s Greenway Coffee at the time, won the top prize at the Coffee Fest Latte Art World Championship Open.

In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Brenda Ruiz visits Porto at Boomtown.

He tells her about how latte art is made, about the competitive world of “latte throwdowns,” and about how Houston represents at them.

Latte Art - Chris Porto
Latte art created by Houston barista Chris Porto.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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