Espress Yourself: the cream of the cup

Can you rustle up a rosetta? Or steam yourself a swan? How about a wholesome heart?

If your flat white is smooth as silk and your cappuccino is a cloud of dreams, you could be in with a chance of winning $5000 in a live latte art competition this August.

Vitasoy Espress Yourself is a nationwide competition taking place right now on Instagram. Each month, one talented coffee wizard wins $250 for their frothy creations. The top entrants will be invited in July to compete in the Grand Final at the New Zealand Hospitality Championships, at the Trusts Arena in Auckland on August 11th.

Three cash prizes are up for grabs: $5000 for 1st place, $2000 for 2nd, and $1500 for third. But don't worry - you don't have to win the monthly cash prize to secure your place in the final. Each entry will be judged independently by a panel of coffee experts. And, get this - you can enter as many times as you like!

Featured below are a selection of the monthly winners thus far, featuring baristas from Auckland to Invercargill.

To enter Vitasoy Espress Yourself, simply take a photo of your latte art and upload to Instagram using the hashtag #espressyourselfnz and tag @restaurantandcafenz.
Alternatively, you can email your submission to

Also taking place at the NZ Hospitality Championships is a Coffee Smackdown. Contestants will have to conjure up whatever coffee is chosen by the Wheel of Fortune, be it a soy latte, almond milk cappuccino, or just a mega-frothy mocha. Entry is open to anybody on the day, so come and down and give the wheel a spin!