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Carmen Clemente Turns Latte Artwork Ardour into World Title

We speak to the veteran competitor from Italy, who took residence the highest prize on the 2022 World Latte Artwork Championship earlier this summer time.  


Cowl picture by Luca Rinaldi for the Specialty Espresso Affiliation

Carmen Clemente is not any stranger to latte artwork. She has been finding out the craft for the reason that mid-2010s, and runs a latte artwork faculty in Milan referred to as the Barlady Cafè Academy together with her companion, Manuela Fensore. If Manuela’s identify sounds acquainted, which may be as a result of she gained the World Latte Artwork Championship (WLAC) in 2019, with Carmen by her facet. 

Earlier this yr in Milan, it was time for Carmen to step into the highlight. Having competed since 2017, Carmen earned Italy’s nationwide latte artwork title, then on the massive stage on the WLAC held on the World of Espresso in Milan in June, she took residence the highest prize to change into the 2022 World Latte Artwork Championship. 

We talked to Carmen about partnering with Manuela for fulfillment, selecting latte artwork designs, and way more. 

Carmen Clemente competes at the World Latte Art Championship.
Carmen Clemente is the 2022 World Latte Artwork Champion. Picture courtesy of the Specialty Espresso Affiliation.

How did you uncover latte artwork, and what has excited you about it? Why have you ever wished to participate on this competitors? 

I labored as a bartender earlier than beginning my profession within the espresso world in 2011, once I determined to open my first espresso store in Milan. I took a short espresso course and instantly turned passionate in regards to the self-discipline of espresso and latte artwork. After assembly Manuela in 2013, we determined collectively to do our first latte artwork course in 2015 with Luigi Lupi. In 2017 I did my first competitors, all the time along with Manuela.

The world of competitions has all the time fascinated me; I actually like to match myself with different opponents since you all the time be taught one thing from every of them.

Carmen celebrating her win at the World Latte Art Championship.
Carmen and Manuela (third from left) rejoice after Carmen is topped the winner. Picture courtesy of the Specialty Espresso Affiliation.

I used to be very to see your 2022 WLAC designs in your Instagram web page. How did you give you these, and do you could have a favourite of the 4? 

Manuela was basic within the creation of the drawings. I informed her I wished to carry myself and my manner of being to the competitors, and collectively we regarded for figures to symbolize myself. Manuela did a 360-degree teaching job for me, each with serving to me create the drawings and method the entire competitors. My favourite design is the marlin as a result of it represents my manner of being loopy and the enjoyment of dwelling.

What had been a few of your keys to succeeding on this competitors? Amazingly, you gained by simply half a degree over second-place finisher Rora.

To do properly on this world championship, I took benefit of Manuela’s expertise lots. Daily whereas ready for the competitors, I spoke together with her above all about what I may attempt to discover success. She had the persistence to all the time help me. 

The primary six opponents within the closing had been very shut with the rating. I believe it was very tough for the judges to resolve as a result of the ability ranges had been very related, however on the finish of every competitors there is only one winner. 

Carmen Clemente competing at the World Latte Art Championship.
Carmen Clemente created designs for the competitors that represented herself. Picture courtesy of the Specialty Espresso Affiliation.

Lastly, you gained! What does it imply to you to be a World Latte Artwork Champion? 

Being a latte artwork champion isn’t a degree of arrival however a place to begin. I’ll proceed to do what I did once I was “no person,“ and that’s to share all my data with Manuela and with all the scholars who need to be taught from us. 


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