The lovely latte art of Angry Catfish's Barista Throwdown

The Angry Catfish Bicycle + Coffee Bar hosted about 150 people last Saturday for their fifth annual Barista Throwdown. For a $5 entry fee, 32 baristas signed up to flex their creative muscles in the south Minneapolis coffee shop's latte art tournament. The coffee artists went head-to-head bracket style, like a March Madness of caffeine. Three judges discussed the difficulty of the design, the articulation of lines and the finer details of each latte, before diplomatically on the count of three pointing to their favorite. Designs ranged from hearts to leaves to just plain beautiful milk and coffee combinations. All photos by Claire Burgeson.