Coffee Art, or what is also referred to as Latte Art, is the magical practise of pouring steamed milk into a shot of espresso and resulting in a highly detailed, decorative design on the surface of the resulting latte. An artists who performs this delicious form of art is called a “Barista”. These artists are able to create some truly stunning patterns that most of us will want to take home with them and hang on the wall, rather then drinking them.
Below you will find a tutorial on how to make your very own Latte Art masterpiece. But before we get there, let’s start with some amazing coffee art examples to get you in the mood, shall we?
How to make your own Coffee Art
This delicious art form does require high quality equipment, ingredients and a keen attention to detail. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t become a Barista yourself! Below you will find a tutorial on how you can create your own latte art. This is certainly no easy task and it requires practise before you master the finer latte art techniques. However by learning the basics you can quickly move to more complicated shapes and show of your creative side.
Latte Art Pouring Technique
To pour a latte art figure, the structure of the milk is very important. shows the structure of the milk is important. After frothing the milk the foam has to be fluid enough to pour nicely. However the foam has to remain solid enough, to not dissolve as you pour it into the espresso.
The Milk Jug
For pouring Latte Art it’s best to work with different sizes of milk jugs. By pouring from one jug to another, you can keep the milk smoothly. This way you are able to create more detailed shapes in your cappuccino. The nozzle of the jug should be a little pointy and round, effectively making it your brush for creating your delicious masterpiece. Now follow these techniques to get a feeling for it.
- Start high and pour gently
- Never interrupt the flow
- Tilt the can to make speed
Also consider the distribution of the foam in the can: the thick foam should be on top, medium underneath that and on the bottom the thinnest foam. Remember, to become a proper Bartista you will have to learn by practice, practice and more practice. But to help you on your way, be sure to check out the video tutorial below from master Barista, William Gross.