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How good is your latte art?


How good is your latte art?

As the Queensland Ambassador for epilepsy, Whatcha Brewing Specialty Coffee Co cafe owner Harrison Hedges is using his business space at the Big Top Shopping Centre Maroochydore to raise funds and awareness in support of the 280 Australians diagnosed with epilepsy every week, with the Latte Art Smackdown event.

Each March, the world turns purple in support of the 50 million people living with epilepsy. Make March Purple is an Australia-wide campaign supported by epilepsy organisations across the country and the peak body, Epilepsy Australia.

Mr Harrison lives with autism, cerebral palsy and epilepsy. For this event he is partnering with Epilepsy Queensland’s Purple Day and encouraging baristas of all skills and abilities to perform their best drawing skills, on a canvas of frothy foam.

The Smackdown will be taking 12 contestants with and without disabilities to see who can create the best latte art.

Experts say the hallmarks of professional latte art are pattern definition and symmetry, good contrast and glossy sheen without visible bubbles. Latte art judges barista champion Tilly Sproule and Epilepsy Queensland CEO Chris Dougherty will also be checking out the art’s pattern, consistency and pour. The first place prize will win a Tim Adams Speciality Coffee masterclass valued at $250.

Mr Hedge’s goal is to raise $3000 from the event, as well as committing to donate $1 from every coffee sold on the following day.

The Smackdown will be held at Whatcha Brewing on March 25 at 6.00pm.

Registrations are $25 per person, $5 of each registration will be given to Epilepsy Queensland with spectators welcomed and encouraged to wear purple in support.

Those wanting to compete in the Latte Smackdown can apply by contacting Mr Hedges via email at

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