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Butterworth and Son’s Latte Art Throwdown, taking part at Wright’s, Bury St Edmunds, returns for third year supporting Emmaus Suffolk





A charity coffee competition is returning to Bury St Edmunds for the third year.

Butterworth and Son’s Latte Art Throwdown will take place at Wright’s, Cornhill, on March 22 in support of Emmaus Suffolk.

The competition will crown Bury’s most ambitious and creative latte artist, with participants having to create gradually more difficult patterns with their coffee and milk throughout the six stages of the competition.

Butterworth and Son's Latte Art Throwdown will be raising money for Emmaus Suffolk, which helps out those who are vulnerable and at risk of homelessness in the county. Picture: Butterworth and Son
Butterworth and Son's Latte Art Throwdown will be raising money for Emmaus Suffolk, which helps out those who are vulnerable and at risk of homelessness in the county. Picture: Butterworth and Son
Two competitors at last year's Latte Art Throwdown at Wright's, in Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Butterworth and Son
Two competitors at last year's Latte Art Throwdown at Wright's, in Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Butterworth and Son

Emmaus works with vulnerable, socially isolated people and those at risk of homelesness, tackling entrenched homelessness, isolation and unemployment.

Rob Butterworth, managing director of Butterworth and Son, said: “Basically the event is open to anyone, whether they make coffee at home or whether they work in the industry – anyone can have a go.

“We’re introducing people into the world of competing with coffee.

The competing artists will then put their designs on a tray to be taken over to the judges. Picture: Butterworth and Son
The competing artists will then put their designs on a tray to be taken over to the judges. Picture: Butterworth and Son
The judges at the Latte Art Throwdown will point to their favourite design on the count of three, with the winner moving onto the next round. Picture: Butterworth and Son
The judges at the Latte Art Throwdown will point to their favourite design on the count of three, with the winner moving onto the next round. Picture: Butterworth and Son

“We have the ‘latte art dice’ which have six different patterns on and you have to make whatever shows. There are six rounds of one versus one, with each round getting harder.

“There will be three judges and each round they will pick their favourite to go through.”

While they have not yet been announced, there will be prizes for the winner and runner up, with last year’s champion taking home a coffee grinder worth £300.

The Latte Art Throwdown at Wright's, in Bury St Edmunds, is a friendly atmosphere where those in the industry can meet and connect with their peers. Picture: Butterworth and Son
The Latte Art Throwdown at Wright's, in Bury St Edmunds, is a friendly atmosphere where those in the industry can meet and connect with their peers. Picture: Butterworth and Son
Contestants will at Butterworth and Son's Latte Art Throwdown at Wright's, in Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds, will need to get their steamed milk just right to get the best patterns. Picture: Butterworth and Son
Contestants will at Butterworth and Son's Latte Art Throwdown at Wright's, in Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds, will need to get their steamed milk just right to get the best patterns. Picture: Butterworth and Son

There will also be a raffle on the day, the proceeds of which, combined with entrance and spectator fees, will all go to Emmaus.

The judging criteria is based upon overall neatness, no spillages but cup should be full, the pattern of design should be central with the cup handle positioned on the right, for the consumer.

Rob continued: “It’s a friendly, open competition for beginners and baristas to have a go and meet other people in the industry.

The Latte Art Throwdown at Wright's is open to anyone who wants to give it a go, whether they work in the industry or not. Picture: Butterworth and Son
The Latte Art Throwdown at Wright's is open to anyone who wants to give it a go, whether they work in the industry or not. Picture: Butterworth and Son
The Latte Art Throwdown is an opportunity to introduce people to the world of industry competition. Picture: Butterworth and Son
The Latte Art Throwdown is an opportunity to introduce people to the world of industry competition. Picture: Butterworth and Son

“Emmaus is a good charity, based in Suffolk, that provides for people for as long as they need it.”

Rob has been in the industry since 2006 and Butterworth and Son itself is based in Boldero Road, on the Moreton Hall industrial estate.

Emmaus, which has 29 hubs in towns and cities across the UK, uses activity to engage with those it supports to benefit themselves and others.

Claire Staddon, chief executive of Emmaus Suffolk, said: “Rob and his team at Butterworths are incredible. Both their coffee and their philanthropy is a testament to local Suffolk businesses supporting their local communities.

“Amazing support and we are so grateful they chose Emmaus Suffolk.”

Competitor tickets are available via the Butterworth and Son website, or alternatively go to its Instagram where there is a link in the bio.