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Latte Art, What Is It?

By Emmanuel Rogers

Latte art is the art of drawing things on coffee when pouring milk into your espresso. The art can also be accomplished by just drawing on the froth after the latte is made. Latte art, like all other arts, needs practice to perfect. If you have ever had coffee at any good coffee shop, you will have come across latte art. It is the art of drawing on the top of your coffee. It adds to the appeal of coffee and shows the skill of the one serving it.

Many different latte art designs exist, with new ones being created all the time. You have have seen designs such as cats, stars, leaves, and swans. The most popular latte art design in the heart, which is an easy basic design to make. Another popular design is the rosetta, more difficult to create then the heart. Master latte artists can create much more such as faces, animals, flowers and play with the colour of the coffee to produce attractive patterns with lots of detail.

If you wish to learn this art, a lot of training classes can be found. You can also learn it by yourself by watching tutorial videos online. There are two basic methods of making this art. First one is the free pouring technique where the patterns are made when the milk is poured into the espresso. The second method is the etching where the pattern is made after the milk is poured using a stick. Before one adds the milk to create the white part of the design, the espresso should have an even brown surface.

The free pouring pattern can be made by either keeping the cup flat or tilted on the table-top. After the poring is done in the particular way, the white foam will rise to the surface, either straight up or sideways depending on how you had initially placed the cup. Placing the cup level with the table will give you the heart shape while the other method will help you get the leaf or the fern pattern.

With etching, complicated patterns that are impossible to do with the free pour technique can be achieved. The downside of the etching techniques is that they don’t last very long. Since you are mixing the foam and the espresso with a thin stick, they will dissolve into each other and fade away rather quickly. It may take years to prefect these latte art techniques and as you become an experienced barista, you will notice these things happen effortlessly.

The kind of espresso, the espresso maker, the microfoam and the skill of the artist matters when it comes to the end result. As coffee is something you regularly have, this is one art you can practice everyday. If you are planning to work in a coffee shop, this art will come in very handy. Coffee places usually have competitions on these arts and you can check the local shops to see when they are held. Unique designs that are perfected always help you score better but you should always know how to get the common patterns right.

Learn more about Latte Art today! is your source for latte art pictures. Don’t miss the how to make latte art tutorial and refine your latte art skills.

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