It is not everyday that one gets to meet a world champion of any kind. So it was with great excitement when I found out that the reigning latte art world champion, Victoria Kashirtseva was coming to Hong Kong as a guest barista in a cafe in Hong Kong for just one afternoon couple of weeks ago. Especially for a coffee lover, I had to find time to go.
The following quote is a short profile that Victoria described herself when she was a contestant for the world championship last year:-
“I’m 20. I study to be real estate service specialist. I’m keen on playing the piano (music), but my main passion is coffee and latte art. I hope this is not my last World Championship, and maybe in the future I will be able to participate in them as a judge”
And this was what she said as to her secret in success for making great latte art:-
“There are no any secrets in my achievements. Good teachers, a large flow of visitors in a coffee house, mini-championships – this is the formula for my success.”
Like many things in life, even if you have talent, good teacher, hard work and lots of practice are always the formula for success.
It was great to see Victoria’s performance in great latte art that afternoon. The latte art were great of course!
All the photos were shot in RAW with Fujifilm X-Pro1 with Fujinon XF 35mm f1.4 R. The RAW files were processed with Capture One Pro with further processing in Photoshop CS5 before final output to the web.