LOS ANGELES (Downtown)Peter Lee (Cafe Dulce)
Compared to the competition, barista Peter Lee is fairly new to the scene. But don’t let his resume fool you. For the past year and a half, Peter’s has created a splash in downtown L.A. with his matchless latte art.
Peter loves the outdoors. He’s always happy to pass the time camping and fishing. Some might also call him a foodie, but, of course, his passion is finding that perfect cup of coffee. Growing up in nearby Granada Hills, he can find it all in diverse L.A. County. Whether enjoying the peace of nature or exploring the vibrant tastes of the city, Peter will likely be jamming to 90’s R&B- or maybe the Beatles or Run River North. And with that soundtrack, he’s brings unique L.A. flavor to The Latte Art Smackdown.
Fun Fact: Peter shares his birthday with America on the Fourth of July!
134 Japanese Village Plaza, Bldg E
Los Angeles, CA 90012
SAN FRANCISCOPHILLIP MA (Ma'velous)
When you visit the eclectic and sophisticated Ma’velous coffee bar, you’ll find the most highly skilled barista in the city. Phillip Ma brings nearly a decade of experience to every cup with astoundingly beautiful latte art.
But when his shift ends, Phillip hangs his apron, steps out the door, and pursues his other passion. As a DJ, he perfectly blends songs and beats for the ultimate EDM mixes. Born and raised in San Francisco, Phillip is proud to represent his hometown in the Latte Art Smackdown.
Fun Fact: Phillip has a growing collection of Air Jordan sneakers.
Ma’velous Coffee and Wine Bar
1408 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102
SEATTLERandall Ajimine (Q Cafe)
Any visitor to Seattle’s Q Café knows the phenomenal talent of Randall Ajimine. For the past four years, he has created latte art from the heart. Now, he’s honored to represent a city known for exceptional coffee in The Latte Art Smackdown.
However, Randall refuses to be defined simply as a barista. The Hawaii native is proud of his Okinawan-American heritage. When he’s not creating delicious latte art, Randall can usually be found bicycling, running, reading, or even writing. He’s been blogging for over ten years, and is currently working on book that explores faith and ethics. While he can’t deny his love of local coffee culture, Randall also enjoys Seattle’s vibrant craft beer scene. If you ask nicely, he’ll might let you in on some neighborhood secrets. He knows exactly which happy hours have the best deals in town!
Fun Fact: Randall originally came to Seattle to pursue dreams of rock stardom as a drummer.
3223 15th Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119
LOS ANGELES (Orange Co.)Angie Chun (Coffee Code)
Coffee is a family affair for Angie Chun. When she opened a coffee shop with her brother and sister, she never dreamed that it would lead her to a prized spot in The Latte Art Smackdown.
“At first, business was slow. Then one day, we decided to try something new and drew a heart on a latte. Once word got out, more people came in, and they were excited about the latte art!” she says. From there, Angie experimented with her new-found art. Now, her skills are the talk of the Orange County coffee scene.
Her love of art goes beyond her morning cup of joe. Angie brings design to everything from her own home to the Coffee Code atmosphere. And while she enjoys all things crafty, her passion for coffee is undeniable. While searching for new cafe hot spots or learning more about beans and brews, Angie dreams of keeping another family tradition: winning. Her sister earned first place accolades at the Coffee Fest in Chicago, and Angie hopes to follow in her footsteps by being crowned champion of The Latte Art Smackdown!
Fun Fact: Angie says she’s lucky that she gets to work with her siblings every day, and that all three are crazy about coffee!
7855 La Palma Ave, Ste 6
Buena Park, CA 90620
NEW YORK CITYColin Quek (Grace Street)
Though Colin is relatively new to the coffee scene, he has spent the last year voraciously working on his latte art game and is the leading latte artist at New York’s Grace Street.
When he’s not honing his latte art, he can be found weaving through the city on his bike, cooking a storm for friends, or playing basketball in Stuy Town. He loves people and is always excited to share in conversation over a good meal or a cup of coffee. The creative and welcoming vibe drew Colin to Grace Street and together with the rest of the team he strives to perpetuate that atmosphere.
Colin recently returned from Indonesia where he served at an orphanage and microroasted coffee in a small hand-built roaster.
17 W 32nd St
New York, NY 10001
Congratulations to Angie Chun!
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