If you’ve been following us on Facebook or Twitter then you’ve noticed that there has been a lot of excitement concerning the Specialty Coffee Association of America Event and the United States Latte Art Championship (USLAC) in Seattle. Here at The Roasterie we are celebrating one of our very own, Simeon Bricker, being named the first ever United States Latte Art Champion!
Born and raised in Pleasant Hill, MO, Simeon didn’t really ever consider a career in coffee. Luckily for us, that all changed three years ago. Simeon has a Bachelor’s degree in studio art from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, but it wasn’t long before he made the transition into latte art. We certainly keep him busy in a variety of roles here at The Roasterie that don’t concern latte art, but Simeon has always found time to hone his craft and compete on both the national and world stages in latte art.
He first competed in a local throwdown in Topeka where he ended up losing in the semi-finals to the current world barista champion at the time, Alejandro Mendez from Guatemala. In early 2013 he competed in the United States Latte Art Exhibition in Boston, MA and took fourth place. Later in 2013 he competed in the World Latte Art Championship at Coffee Fest Chicago and made it to the final 8. Not one to be discouraged, Simeon kept at it and all of his hard work has paid off.
As the newly named United States Latte Art Champion, Simeon will be traveling to Australia to represent the United States in the World Latte Art Championship (WLAC) to be held at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) in May. The WLAC brings together competitors from over 30 countries, showcasing latte art skills in a multiple state championship format.
We are so happy for Simeon and so proud to have him representing Team Roasterie. We wish him the best of luck as he ventures to the land down under!