Buena Park’s Angie Chun wins ‘Latte Art Smackdown’

December 2, 2014
Angie Chun of Coffee Code in Buena Park, Calif. (Korea Times file)

Angie Chun of Coffee Code in Buena Park, Calif. (Korea Times file)

Angie Hye-jin Chun claimed the title of AT&T’s “Asian American Latte Art Smackdown” champion in a competition that showcased talent from cities all over the U.S.

Baristas from San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles and Orange County were chosen to participate while online voters decided the final outcome.

Chun was the absolute favorite, gathering 3,474 votes — about 1,700 more than the runner-up.

Hailing from Buena Park, Calif., Chun owns and operates Coffee Code with two of her siblings. With all three of them born in South Korea, she admits that her existing network in her home country helped her win the competition.

(Courtesy of Coffee Code's Facebook)

(Courtesy of Coffee Code’s Facebook)

“Many of my customers as well as baristas and fans from South Korea and Japan voted for me,” said Chun in a Facebook post.

The family opened their coffee shop back in 2010 and didn’t always incorporate latte art into their drinks, but once they did, the customers started to flow into the business.

Chun admits that the U.S. is still in the beginning stages of adopting this technique, so consumers may only be seeing the beginning stages of an art that is already highly developed elsewhere.

“Latte art [from Asia] is so much more complicated than… in the U.S.,” Chun told the OC Register.


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