Appetizers: A latte art and farewell

Published: Sunday, Jun. 24, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 6AANDE

A latte art and farewell

Sacramento is losing one of its best baristas to the Air Force Reserve, and to send him off in style, Chocolate Fish Coffee is hosting a latte throwdown and barbecue. It is 4 p.m. Saturday.

Chocolate Fish is at the corner of Q and Third streets downtown.

It's essentially a friendly competition to see who can do the coolest art with the steamed milk atop lattes and cappuccinos.

You rarely if ever see latte art at Starbucks and Peet's. Maybe it's because most of the coffee orders are to go and the cups have a lid.

Some of the best latte art I've seen in Sacramento has been done by Chocolate Fish's Kyle Baumann, who told me recently he is leaving the business for the Air Force Reserve, which entails many months of training.

Not only was he a devoted employee and coffee practitioner, he's an an all-around good guy. I have had many an excellent espresso and flat white at Chocolate Fish.

The event is open to the public.

– Blair Anthony Robertson

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