Meadow Fresh NZ Latte Art Champion 2020 – Hoony Chae

Event Date: 6th July, 2020

(L-R) Dennis Yu-Hsin Hsueh, Hoony Chae, Leo Li | Photo credit Yongzhi Zhang @jjang.yongjii

La Marzocco let Auckland know that they were the hosts for the Meadow Fresh New Zealand Latte Art Championship by putting on a mini coffee festival in Parnell.  On Sunday 1 March, 16 competitors vied for the title and trip to Warsaw, Poland while a huge crowd were attracted to the art, mini merch stands and competition.

The art was incredible and many animal designs were poured.

With his New Zealand animal creations including a sheep, penguin and piwakawaka, representing New Zealand at the World Latte Art Championship in Poland this June is Hoony Chae of Mojo Coffee in Auckland.

Our Runner-up is Dennis Yu-Hsin Huesh from Grey Street Kitchen in Hamilton and taking out third place was Leo Li of Newbie Cafe in Newmarket.

Oliver Ou from Cafe Loverage in Perth was in fourth place, Charanjeet Singh Saini of Global Bite Cafe in Invercargill, and Jinho Song of The Shelf in Auckland rounded out the top six.

Congratulations to all our competitors, you can be proud. Massive thanks to our sponsors, venue hosts, judges, competitors, volunteers, spectators and supporters! 


Meadow Fresh New Zealand Latte Art Championship 2020

The Meadow Fresh New Zealand Latte Art Championship 2020 leads to the World Latte Art Championship which will be held on 18-20 June 2020 in Warsaw, Poland.

The 2020 prize pack will include flights and accommodation to the World Latte Art Championship 2020.

The Championship will be held in strict accordance to the World Latte Art Rules and Regulations, NZ Code of Conduct and NZ Champions Terms and Conditions and other rules pertaining to the event.


Who poured?

9:05am Anne Sungeun Lee, Ozone Coffee Roasters, Auckland

9:14am Honoka Kawashima, Frank’s, Wellington

9:23am Tsubasa Nozaki, Flight Coffee Hangar, Wellington

9:32am Jinho Song, The Shelf, Auckland

9:40am Oliver Ou, Café Lovage, Perth

9:48am Aleisha Yee, Melba Group, Auckland

9:57am Leo Li, Newbie Café, Auckland

10:06am Chamnan Ly, Tasteful Bakehouse & Café, Auckland

10:15am Yu-Hsin Hsueh, Grey Street Kitchen, Hamilton

10:23am Bill Zheng, Woozoo Group, Auckland

10:32am Charanjeet Singh Saini, Global Bite Café, Invercargill

10:41am Benji Taiaroa, Altura Café, Auckland

10:50am Saskia Strand-Saseve, L’affare, Auckland

10:59am Olivia Cho, Lily Eatery, Auckland

11:09am Takashi Ueno, Cafe Agora, Hamilton

11:18am Hoony Chae, Mojo Coffee, Auckland

Announcement of top 6 at 12 midday

Final commences at 1 pm

Top six finalists:

Jinho Song, The Shelf, Auckland

Oliver Ou, Café Lovage, Perth

Yu-Hsin Hsueh, Grey Street Kitchen, Hamilton

Hoony Chae, Mojo Coffee, Auckland

Charanjeet Singh Saini, Global Bite Café, Invercargill

Leo Li, Newbie Café, Auckland

And the top six in order of rank.

Champion: Hoony Chae, Mojo Coffee, Auckland

Runner Up: Yu-Hsin Hsueh, Grey Street Kitchen, Hamilton

Third Place: Leo Li, Newbie Café, Auckland

Fourth Place: Oliver Ou, Café Lovage, Perth

Fifth Place: Charanjeet Singh Saini, Global Bite Café, Invercargill

Sixth Place: Jinho Song, The Shelf, Auckland


Event Overview

The Meadow Fresh New Zealand Latte Art Championship 2020 highlights artistic expression in a competition platform that challenges the barista in an on-demand performance.

The New Zealand Championship 2020 comprises two separate rounds: a preliminary round and a final round.

The preliminary round will take place on stage eight (8) minutes, where two identical free-pour lattes and two identical designer lattes are produced.

The highest-scoring six competitors will compete in the final round entirely on stage ten (10) minutes. In final of this championship, the baristas present two identical samples of ‘art in a cup’ for three different beverages: two separate sets of matching free-pour lattes and one set of matching designer pattern lattes (which may incorporate etching, or similar techniques, and surface decoration).

The first two pours will be made only with a pitcher of milk. The designer latte can be made with any surface aid at the choice of the barista. To ensure that the presented art is what the barista intends to deliver, the judges will be given a photo of the intended design prior to the start of the presentation. Artistic impressions of the design are allowed alongside the image (photo) but the photo shall be the point of reference to the judges scoring.

The beverages will be judged immediately for visual attributes, creativity, identical patterns in the pairs, the contrast in the patterns, and the baristas overall performance.

Event Overview Structure

This competition takes place over a day and consists of a preliminary round and a final round. Each competitor competes in the preliminary round, and then the top six will compete again in a finals round to determine the winner with the highest score, who becomes The Meadow Fresh NZ Latte Art Champion 2020. Please note that this is only a summary description of the event and that detailed structure and rules for this competition are set forth in and controlled by the Official Rules and Regulations.

Provided on stage, compulsory use:

Machines La Marzocco Mini Linea x 2

Grinder Mahlkonig E65s

Coffee Atomic, Veloce

Cups Loveramics, Egg Cappuccino 200ml

Milk Meadow Fresh Original

For more information on the World Latte Art Championship 2020>

View the Rules and Regulations here>

New Zealand Rules and Regulations and Competitor Terms and Conditions>


Many thanks to our sponsors

Meadow Fresh, La Marzocco, AMC Roastery Supply NZ, Cafetto, Loveramics, Atomic Coffee Roasters, and Castaway Packaging

Please view the NZSCA ticketing terms & conditions here>