Many coffee lovers agree that making good espresso is an art in itself, but it still doesn’t take away from the beauty of coffee latte art. Latte art refers to the patterns made in the foam topping espresso drinks. Have you ever wondered how they were made? In this guide, we’ll teach you how to make beautiful latte art in your own kitchen.
Before we go into different latte art designs, let’s discuss some basics first. First, to create latte art designs, you’ll need the following:
And of course, don’t forget the main ingredients: coffee, milk, and chocolate syrup.
Now, let’s proceed to the different steps you need to follow to create that beautiful coffee latte art.
To make the perfect creamy milk foam, you need to:
Start running the espresso shots as soon as you foam the milk. Each espresso shot must contain around 7 and 8 grams of ground espresso. For extra freshness, consider using a burr grinder as it allows you to control how coarse/fine the espresso grinds become. Next, pull the espresso shots. Ideally, the shot should have a little cream in it, as well as the usual coffee flavor. How do you do this? The ideal espresso shot is pulled within 21 to 24 seconds – espresso tends to be sweeter when pulled close to 24 seconds.
The amount of strength exerted when tamping down on the espresso grounds also affects the length of the extraction. So, apply just enough force so the espresso extracts evenly and slowly. If you don’t use enough tamping pressure, the espresso will extract too fast. After this, you can pour your espresso shots into a coffee mug. Don’t let the shot sit for more than 10 seconds before you add the milk.
You need to be careful of the position, flow, and height when pouring your steamed milk. Here are some tips:
Below are some simple latte art designs, with instructions, that you can make at your own home.
To create a heart pattern:
Pour the milk side to side in one area of the cup.
Continue to pour until you create a big circle of crema.
Move the jug slightly forward. Then, continue pouring on the big spot of foam until the cup is almost full.
Finish the heart pattern by pouring in a quick straight line forward.
To create a rosetta or leaf pattern:
Pour the milk as you move the jug from side to side until the foam appears on the surface. Continue this motion until a pattern appears.
While moving sideways, slowly move the jug backward as well.
When you reach the end of the cup, move the jug in a quick straight line through the pattern.
Quick side to side movements will create a rosetta with many leaves, while slow movements will result in fewer, thick leaves.
To create a flower pattern:
Pour the milk around 1 inch from the bottom.
When the cup is filled half-way, gently shake the pitcher back and forth while slowly moving backward. This will cause the flower design to move forward and fill the cup.
The design comes out best when you shake your wrist back and forth, rather than your hand.
Coffee Latte Art Bonus Tip:
You may also consider embellishing your latte art design with milk foam, powder, and stencils, though many people prefer to leave their latte art in its natural form. You may also try to embellish with chocolate to create an outline on the edge of the foam, or you can write some words. To write a word, simply dip a pointy object in the cream of your drink, then add some stained cream to draw your design.
You don’t have to be an expert barista to create beautiful latte art. Just follow the instructions above to create some simple designs, and when you’ve got a little more practice, you can try more complicated designs later on. Enjoy!
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