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The Roasterie’s Simeon Bricker takes second at 2015 U.S. Latte Art Championship (with video)

Simeon Bricker stands totally still and leans inches over the cup when he’s working on latte art.
Simeon Bricker stands totally still and leans inches over the cup when he’s working on latte art.

One of the nation’s top latte artists lives and works in Kansas City.

The Roasterie’s Simeon Bricker took second place in the 2015 U.S. Latte Art Championship, held last month in Long Beach, Calif. During the competition, Bricker used milk foam and espresso to draw fleeting designs that resembled a bird in flight, a tulip and a spider plant with heart-shaped flowers.

Bricker won the U.S. Latte Art Championship in 2014, the year the U.S. Coffee Championships added the art category. His prize was a trip to the World Latte Art Competition in Melbourne, Australia, where he placed 19th. After returning to Kansas City, Bricker was profiled by The Star’s Cindy Hoedel.

Bricker, who has a bachelor’s degree in studio art from UMKC, started making latte art four years ago while working as a barista at a coffee shop in Lee’s Summit. The coffee shop discouraged latte art because it took too long, so Bricker practiced on the one free drink he was allowed every shift.

When he started attending UMKC, Bricker got a job at the Roasterie Cafe in Brookside, where latte art is encouraged. As Bricker honed his art, he was promoted to barista trainer and quality control manager for roasting. Today he’s the Roasterie’s green coffee buyer. He spends most days cupping (or tasting) coffee from around the world.

On Friday, Bricker stepped back behind the coffee counter at the Roasterie’s Factory Cafe to make masterpieces from milk foam and espresso. Watch the video to see how it’s done.

Milk masterpiece: Simeon Bricker makes latte art at the Roasterie

Contact Sarah Gish via email at sgish@kcstar.com or tweet @sarah_gish.

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