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In China, coffee is a brewing success

China's national latte art champion Li Qi competes with an ibis flying into the sun. (Courtesy of World Latte Art Championship)

SHANGHAI -- In the end, Tinker Bell won over a butterfly, a rabbit, a sheep and a monkey. South Korean Um Paul whipped up a detailed rendition of the little fairy in a green dress on top of a cafe latte, winning the World Latte Art Championship in Shanghai.

     From New Zealand to Canada, baristas with steady hands and creative minds traveled to China to compete in the championship on April 1, the first time it was held in China. For the organizers the location was strategic, due to the fact that each year Chinese are offsetting their tea-buying habits with the purchase of Americanos, lattes and flat whites.

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