Latte art is an important part of specialty coffee culture and an indicator of a well-crafted cup of coffee.
It’s all about balance
“For our customers, the first ‘taste’ of a coffee is a visual one. Latte art is in many ways a natural progression in making coffee – wanting to serve something beautiful, pleasing to the eye… just like plating and presentation for food.”
Kristy Mujana, Besties Café and Floozy Roastery, Newcastle, Australia.
The art of coffee
It takes skill and precision to pour great latte art, and it all starts with your freshly-pulled shot of espresso. It’s not just the layer of microfoam doing all the work – you need the delicate balance of oils in the espresso to mix with the silky texture of the milk.
To create latte art, you‘ll need a few key tools and ingredients:
1. An espresso machine with steam wand that produces powerful steam
2. A milk jug
3. A larger cup to help with the pour
4. Fresh espresso with good, thick crema as your base
5. Fresh milk
In this video, you'll discover why latte art is an important for coffee professionals, why it's a key part to a complete coffee, and you'll be guided by a step-by-step on how to create the foundation of many latte art creations; the heart.