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How to Make Latte Art at Home

How to Make Latte Art at Home

How to Make Latte Art at Home

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As most of us will know, latte art is not the easiest skill to pick up, in fact for many of us latte art is a mystery. The way baristas whip up hearts, dragons, flowers and so on can seem truly skilful and impossible to re-create. But with the right gear and a bit of practice, you can create your own latte art at home! We will pour over the basics with you, from how to get the right consistency in your foamed milk to perfecting the favoured latte heart design.

Latte art was pioneered in the US after the introduction of micro-foam in the 80’s. It became popular in states such as Seattle and later spread throughout globally.

Latte art is created by pouring dense, foamed milk (known as "micro-foam") into shots of espresso. The designs are created by rotating a near-steady stream of milk into the cup.

Below is all you need to know - equipment and steps, for you to try it for yourself at home. Remember that practice makes perfect and patience is key. Although it may take time to master, that’s half the fun.

 

Equipment

• Espresso maker with a steam wand

• Metal steaming pitcher with a pointed spout

• Wide, shallow coffee cup

• Milk (whole milk is easiest to pour)

• Coffee, finely ground. We recommend our Italian Dark roast or Reviving Dark roast. You can either buy this ground or grind it yourself to get the ultimate fresh brew

 

How To

1) Make espresso shots

2) Fill a pitcher with cold milk (not to the top)

3) Aerate milk for about 3 seconds by keeping the tip of the wand near the surface of the milk. You should hear a paper-tearing sound.

4) Submerge wand toward bottom of pitcher to get milk to spin in a whirlpool motion

5) Heat milk to 150 degrees. Use a thermometer, or you should get a good indication to stop when you can’t touch the pitcher for more than an instant

6) Tap the pitcher on the counter and swirl gently by hand. This will pop any big bubbles and maintain the micro-foam

7) Begin by pouring higher. Tilt the coffee cup as you pour a pencil-thin stream of milk into the centre of the espresso

8) Then pour lower when cup is half full. Lower the pitcher to just above the surface

9) Fill cup till a circle of white foam begins to form

10) Make your design. Using your wrist move the pitcher slightly side to side to "draw."

11) Finally, tilt the pitcher slowly back and draw the stream through centre of the design

 

PRO TIPS:

  • Keep your milk pitcher in the refrigerator — this allows you to steam your milk longer for better texture

 

Use a smaller steaming pitcher for home espresso machines, and a larger one for professional grade machines