You’ve watched your favorite barista in town pour works of caffeine-laced art into a demitasse morning after morning and surely you’ve thought the act could be turned into competition. Well, latte art is just a small part of how baristas from Tucson and Phoenix will vie for Barista Olympics titles at the second-ever event hosted by Presta Coffee Roasters
(2502 N. First Ave.).
Though the first event, which marked Presta’s opening one year ago, was primarily just a latte art competition, this year the Olympics will include palate taste tests, a coffee sack race, an espresso puck toss, a pour over challenge (without the aid of timers or scales) and more. Prizes for participating baristas are provided by Hario, La Marzocco, Chemex, Bodhi Leaf, Roast Magazine and more.
For those looking at coffee as a spectator sport, you can get your hands on some of those artfully-poured lattes, as well as eats from Planet of the Crepes and beer and wine at the competition on Friday, May 20. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m.