What is a “Latte Art Grading Battle”?
Once a year, the Latte Art Grading System organizes a national competition in each country where it is represented.
During a battle, participants challenge each other in drawing the official LAGS patterns of the relative category, therefore, the competition takes place in sectors: greens against greens, reds against reds, blacks against blacks, golds against golds.
The national battles' winners in each category (green, red, black or gold) will be able to compete in the Final Arena for the World Championship (WLAGS Battle) which takes place worldwide every two years.
The challenge is held as follows: after the registration, competitors will battle out each other one by one, and the pairs will be created by drawing lots. The two challengers will then be positioned on a single table where an espresso machine and a grinder are installed.
Each participant must bring his own milk jugs (no etching or other decoration methods are allowed, under penalty of losing the challenge point).
The cups in which to draw the patterns are of 3 types: Espresso, Cappuccino and Big Cappuccino, selected by the LAGS organization for the competition, and consistent with the mouth size of the Symmetry Wheel.
Each pattern/design can only be proposed and launched for the challenge in the same cup ONCE, this means that it is possible to repeat the same pattern/design but within a cup of a different size.
The Symmetry Grading Wheel will be placed on the judges' table to evaluate the symmetry of the patterns. The winning pattern is always the most identical to the one shown in the specifications/disciplinary between the two.
In the case of an equal score, the pattern presented in the shortest time will win.