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Latte art competition shines light on quality South West dairy produce

Melissa PedeltyManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Andy Tseng from Darkstar Coffee Roasters, right, was awarded Bannister Downs Latte Art Champion 2023.
Camera IconAndy Tseng from Darkstar Coffee Roasters, right, was awarded Bannister Downs Latte Art Champion 2023. Credit: Supplied

A Lower South West dairy company hosted a latte art competition earlier this month in celebration of its cafe customers who have faced hardships over the COVID period.

The Bannister Downs Latte Art Championships highlighted the quality milk produce to come out of the Northcliffe-based dairy farm with outstanding works of art being produced by some of Perth’s best baristas with the dairy’s multi-award winning milk.

The inaugural event — attended by Swimming World Champion and Australian Gold Medal Olympian Kyle Chalmers as guest judge — also provided an opportunity for the dairy producer to raise funds for Black Dog Ride, a volunteer group it supports in its efforts to prevent suicide and raise awareness of depression.

The Bannister Downs Latte Art Champion 2023 award was presented to Andy Tseng from Darkstar Coffee Roasters in front of more than 200 attendees.

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Judges watch on as the competitors produce quality latte art with Bannister Downs milk.
Camera IconJudges watch on as the competitors produce quality latte art with Bannister Downs milk. Credit: Supplied

Bannister Downs managing director Suzanne Daubney said the event was hosted to give back to her customers who faced hardships over the COVID period in a fun, purposeful way.

“Our milk has been recognised as the best milk for coffees and all these really high performing cafes in Perth have used it ... that was one part of it and the other part of it was the food industry has been through such a hard time with labour issues and lockdowns,” she said.

The Bannister Downs Latte Art Championships highlighted the quality milk produce to come out of the Northcliffe-based dairy farm.
Camera IconThe Bannister Downs Latte Art Championships highlighted the quality milk produce to come out of the Northcliffe-based dairy farm. Credit: Supplied

“They’ve kept a really postitive attitude and have been resistant and worked hard ... so we thought it was time to try and do something to thank and celebrate them, and give them something that shows respect to what they value in their industry and their skills,” she said.

Mrs Daubney said the competition was a great success despite the difficulties they faced in running the first event of its type.

“It was a great fun evening with these talented baristas showing us what can be done,” she said.

“The sense of community amongst WA’s food service industry is alive and well as we all saw firsthand.

“We enjoyed it so much that I must admit if possible we’ll definitely have another go.”

16 competitors competed in front of a crowd of more than 200 people.
Camera Icon16 competitors competed in front of a crowd of more than 200 people. Credit: Supplied

Mrs Daubney said Bannister Downs aimed to take their quality produce to the Eastern States and highlight its worth as the milk of choice for a bigger number of cafes and the everyday consumer.

“We are excited to be entering into markets in the Eastern States in the coming months ... particularly after having been voted Australia’s Favourite Milk at the Australian Grand Dairy Awards in 2022 which saw inquiries come from every corner of the country.”

Bannister Downs milk was Australia’s Favourite Milk at the Australian Grand Dairy Awards in 2022.
Camera IconBannister Downs milk was Australia’s Favourite Milk at the Australian Grand Dairy Awards in 2022. Credit: Supplied

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