Are you a passionate coffee maker who struggles to pour consistently beautiful coffee? This 6-Week Latte Art bootcamp is for you! Over the next six weeks, we are going to run a number of tutorials to help you take your latte art from occasional white blob to consistently clean and beautiful patterns.
This week we are going to learn some of the fundamental skills that go in to pouring latte art - so grab a coffee, strap yourself in, and get ready to pour! For the best results, watch the video, or read on below if you prefer.
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Great Espresso and Milk
The base of all great latte art is quality espresso and milk. If you haven't already seen my two videos on espresso and milk from the 6-Week Home Barista Bootcamp, they are well worth checking out before you get going with latte art.
Important Things for Good Latte Art
Contrast - between pattern and crema. Do this by first setting the crema by pouring from a height. Be careful to aim for the centre of your espresso shot - this is easier when you either have a double shot, or you hold the cup on an angle so that the centre of the shot has more depth to aim for.
Symmetry - basically controlled by the control of your jug when pouring. If you wiggle erratically, or don’t push bulbs into the centre of the previous bulb, you will end up with an asymmetrical pattern. Take a bit more time when pouring to make sure you have a clean pour.
Stance and cup hold - may not seem like a big deal but can help dramatically. pour ‘side on’ - cup handle facing the correct direction.
Jug type - having a jug with a nice spout will help your pouring. A sharper spout will make things easier for your wiggle style pours like a rosetta, while a more rounded spout will make it easier to pour bulb style patterns like tulips.
Set the Crema
Pouring from a height will cause the textured milk to pierce the crema and sit below it. This is how we set up all of our latte art pours.
Pouring close to the crema will allow the textured milk to sit on top. The basis of latte art is just manipulating the jug height to pour different patterns.
Now today’s home work is to practise setting the crema. We want to make sure that we know how to get a nice solid brown surface on the top of the cup before we try and pour something.
Once you can consistently get a solid brown surface, set the crema for 3/4 of the cup and then move your jug close to pour a white blob on top of the crema. If you can do this, you’ve learnt the basics and you’re ready for the next episode.