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Barista Tips & Tricks: The Perfect Latte Art

Barista Tip & Tricks: Latte Art

Have you ever wondered how to create the perfect latte art? Here are are a few tips & tricks to help you achieve the perfect latte art with steamed milk.

The Perfect Latte Art Tips

Have you ever wondered how to create the perfect latte art? Here are are a few tips & tricks to help you achieve the professional barista latte art with steamed milk.

To make a coffee with steamed milk you will need to an espresso machine with steaming wand, your favourite coffee grind to make a single espresso, a rounded cup, a milk frothing pitcher and milk.

Set up your cup to make a single espresso, why not try Caffé Prima Serrano Coffee Beans And Grinds. While this pours, or before if you prefer, you will need to steam your milk. Purge your steamer wand before use to clean it.

Steaming Milk

The trick to creating foamy latte art is steaming the milk. Use semi-skimmed or whole milk for the best results.

To steam your milk start with the steamer just below the surface of the milk, then lower the pitcher to allow air to mix in, you will hear an occasional hiss, this is known as stretching the milk. If you lower it too far large bubbles will form, try to avoid this, it can get messy!

As the milk warms up raise the pitcher to stop adding air and hold it at an angle to create a swirling pattern. When the pitcher feels hot to the touch your steamed milk is ready, this is around 60ºc to 80ºc. Some baristas can tell by listening to the pitch of the steamer, other baristas can tell just by touch, if you’re unsure you can use a clip-on thermometer for this.

Tip: Be patient, this may take some practice!

Turn off the steamer and remove the milk. Wiping the wand clean and purging once again, any professional barista will tell you the importance of keeping the steaming wand clean.

Tap the pitcher on the counter to disperse any large bubbles. You may need to swirl the pitcher if your milk has formed two distinct layers; to avoid this in future make sure the steamer wand is fully submerged.

This short video by howcast.com shows you how to steam milk for the perfect latte art.

The Perfect Latte Art

Pouring Basic Latte Art

The trick to creating foamy latte art is steaming the milk. Use semi-skimmed or whole milk for the best results.

Take your pitcher and cup of espresso and begin slowly pouring the milk from a fair distance; do this in a circular motion so it incorporates and mixes in well.

As you reach half way bring the pitcher closer to the surface of the latte, this layer will not mix in and incorporate. To create a pretty heart design start on the side furthest from you and create a white circle. Once you reach the other side quickly drag the pitcher back across the cup to create a heart shape.

Tip: Practice! The more you try the better you’ll get, and eventually you can create your own designs.

Take a look at this video by Barista Dritan Alsela, which shows you how to create three basic latte art designs in slow motion.

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