The "Latte Art Grading System" is a series of qualifications to assess the technical skills and creativity of baristas (servers in coffee shops) in latte art.
The system is based on 5 levels or grades, each with a different colour as indicated by the grading system logo: white, orange, green, red and black.
Each grade corresponds to specific skills the barista must have acquired and be able to demonstrate during the grading exam.
The grading can be done by any barista with a minimum of expertise in latte art techniques and by anyone who works in a café environment - baristas or professionals wishing to enhance their CV.
The "examiners" or "judges" are baristas who have achieved the green or black grade and who have undergone the necessary criteria to carry out the role of examiner.
"Green judges" can examine the white, orange and green gradings.
"Black judges" can examine any level.
Holders of a red grading can examine white, orange and green.
The examiners or judges have passed a skills test qualifying them to evaluate and assess gradings. The examiners will be in possession of an evaluation sheet and a stopwatch, and they will photograph and/or video the grading as evidence and for validation of the result.
The grading can be carried out:
- at premises certified to run courses/exams in latte art - Grading Points
- through qualified examiners
- during specially organised "latte art grading" events (including latte art competitions).
The premises must be equipped with specific tools for carrying out the grading, such as espresso machine, coffee grinder. (Milk jugs, cups and etching tools can be brought by the barista).
Milk and coffee are at the discretion of the premises or the barista.
There are four levels of Latte Art grading courses:
- introduction to Latte Art grading
- basic course (for white and orange grading)
- intermediate course (for green and red grading)
- black or advanced grading (only for black grading).
The content, dates and location of the courses are decided by the certified premises and can be found at www.latteartgrading.com/Grading_point.php
With the Latte Art grading system you get a qualification called "Latte Art Grading Certificate", according to the grade achieved.
The certificate indicates the level obtained, the date, the location and the signatures of the examiner and the general coordinator of the grading system. Your name will be listed in the register of latte art grading, on a visible page of the website. As a symbol of your achievement you will also receive a milk jug in the corresponding colour, with the words "Latte Art grading system".