Andi was one of 26 baristas competing in the Millrock Latte Art Competition being held at Coffee Fest in DC. Five baristas from Fridays and five from Saturday advanced to the finals to be held tomorrow.
Contestants had five minutes of prep time to get used to the grinder and espresso maker. They then had five minutes to try to make as many artful lattes as they could. Andi pulled off three beautiful lattes, two rosettas and a heart, with more than 20 seconds to spare.
It wasn't that long ago that Andi would be nervous to try latte art with anyone watching over her shoulder. Now, she can pull off great-looking drinks with an audience of hundreds of spectators and four hard-to-please judges watching her every move.
Whether Andi wins it all tomorrow isn't all that important to us (although with a $1000 prize for winning, we're sure winning is on Andi's mind). For us to watch her growth into a professional with the confidence and ability to compete and score well at this level is an amazing award for both Andi and all her colleagues at Aldo Coffee Co.