New York coffee festival: baristas show off best latte art and espresso cocktails

Coffee-making experts compete to be ‘coffee masters’, demonstrating their skill and speed as they seek a $5,000 prize – all while battling the effects of excessive caffeine

Just inside the imposing doors of the 69th regiment armory in Manhattan’s Rose Hill, vitrines filled with the goods of war line the wall: Japanese swords, tattered flags, an “insurgent mask” obtained in Iraq in 2004.

But on a recent Sunday, another battle was raging at the Armory. This was the final day of the first New York coffee festival, a convocation for the caffeine-obsessed.

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