Latte Royale 2020 Competitor Ticket

Start the year off with your best pour and see what happens!

Propeller Coffee Co. is excited to announce it's third annual Barista competition. Thirty-two competitors leaving it all on the table in a head to head single elimination style tournament, bringing the local coffee community together for a fun, inclusive night in support of Food 4 Farmers.

Purchase of this ticket entitles you to compete in Propeller Coffee's 3rd Annual Latte Royale latte art competition. 

Please read through the Competition Rules below and be sure to check-in at the venue by 6:45pm or your spot in the bracket may be given to a spectating ticket-holder.

Note: Please ensure that the first and last name of the intended competitor(s) are included in the Shipping and/or Billing address for this order, or attached as a customer note.

Competition Rules:

  1. Competitor Eligibility
    • Any person willing to pay the entry fee and abide by the rules below may register as a competitor regardless of experience, current employment, or residence (Note: all winnings are paid in Canadian dollars).
    • Competitors must check in with Propeller Coffee staff at the Latte Royale venue (50 Wade Ave) at least 15 minutes prior to the posted event start time of 7pm. After this time, their reserved bracket position will be offered to the first interested party to present themselves.
    • Competitors may be disqualified at any time if they break any of the rules below, or if - in the opinion of Propeller Coffee staff - they have contributed to creating an unsafe or unwelcoming environment for fellow competitors, spectators, or event staff.
  2. Competitor Expectations
    • Competitors may not offer any material, favour, payment, or promise of such to another competitor in exchange for special treatment or reduced competition.
    • Competitors may not purposefully compete to less than the best of their ability for purposes of allowing another competitor to succeed.
    • Competitors may not collude to trade, forfeit, or otherwise manipulate competition results to influence the success of any competitor, negatively or positively.
    • Competitors will at all times conduct themselves so as to maintain a safe and welcoming environment for all competitors, spectators, and event staff without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, gender, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental impairment, or age.
  3. Competition Format
    1. Bracket format
      • The competition format is a standard 32-person tournament bracket
      • The bracket is single-elimination, until the round of 4
      • After the round of 4, there will be a 3rd-place match between the losers of the two main matches
      • Competitors will be seeded into the bracket based on their order of registration
    2. Round format
      • Each round, each competitor will face off against 1 other competitor in 1 match
      • All matches from a round will be played before any matches from the next round begin.
      • Competitors will be required to pour a specific pattern in each of the first 3 rounds, as follows: Round 1 - Heart, Round 2 - Tulip, Round 3 - Rosetta (see section 4 for details)
      • After the first 3 rounds, competitors may pour any design they like (within the definitions in section 4)
    3. Match format
      • Each match is a best-of-1 simultaneous head-to-head contest between only 2 competitors
      • A match consists of only one pour by each competitor, after which they will immediately present their designs on the judge’s table.
      • The winner of each match will be decided by the majority opinion of the 3 tournament judges.
      • Judges are not required to explicitly score each pour, but are asked to base their decisions on the following criteria: symmetry, complexity, milk texture, overall aesthetics, creativity, and (for set-design rounds) design match.
      • Judges will each be offered up to a minute to comment, before being asked, as a group, to point to their preferred winner.
      • Competitors must deliver their poured designs to the judges table in a timely fashion
  4. Equipment
    1. Competitors in a match will be provided with identically calibrated standard double espresso shots (dose: 18-19 g, yield: 34-38 g), pulled by competition staff, from a Victoria Arduino Black EagleTM espresso machine, for each round.
    2. Competitors may supply their own steaming pitchers, or use one provided by Propeller Coffee, as they wish.
    3. Competitors must pour into 280 mL (approx. 10 fl oz) Acme latte cups.
    4. Competitors must use only the milk supplied for the competition, which will be 3.25% m.f. whole, homogenized milk.
  5. Definitions
  • Latte designs
    • Regardless of the definitions below - which are presented in the interest of clarity and fairness - Judges are encouraged to apply common-sense and industry-standard criteria for each class of design whenever possible.
    • For purposes of this competition, a “Heart” is a design consisting of a single closed shape, with a point on one side and pointed indent directly opposite
      • Any design fully enclosed within a single, closed outline that matches the above criteria is also a “Heart”.
    • For purposes of this competition, a “Tulip” is a design consisting of a stack of 3 or more layers, connected at (and only at) a single axis of symmetry, which crosses the center of each layer.
      • Any part of the design which is fully enclosed by a single outline may be considered only a single layer.
      • Each layer may be as complex as the competitor wishes, keeping in mind the above rule and the minimum of 3 layers.
    • For purposes of this competition, a “Rosetta” is a design poured in a single, uninterrupted (see exceptions below) pour, consisting of stacked, alternating lines of microfoam, with a single axis of symmetry.
      • A rosetta pour may be interrupted in order to finish with a stylised “tip” (e.g. tulip, layered heart, rose, etc.).
      • A rosetta pour may include a “base” below the bottom of the Rosetta itself in any style the competitor wishes, however judges may choose to downgrade their evaluation of a design in which the Rosetta is not sufficiently dominant. 
  • For purposes of this competition, a “Pour” is the creation of a single drink - using only the espresso provided to the competitor and milk steamed in a single pitcher, by the competitor - in the vessel provided to the competitor.
  • For purposes of this competition, the “Design” of a pour consists only of what the competitor is able to create using only the action of the pour itself, without the use of any tools besides the beverage vessel and milk-steaming pitcher. It may not be modified or added-to in any way other than by the manipulation of the poured milk.