Foodies are always willing to take their addictions to new heights by constantly experimenting with presentation so it’s no surprise that baristas eventually picked up the idea of making their beverages look as hot as they tasted.
Latte art refers to designs created on the top of espresso beverages. These designs are usually created in one of two ways, or a combo of both. The first method is by manipulating the flow of milk from a jug into the espresso (known as free pour), and the second is by drawing designs with an implement (known as etching). The annual Dutch Latte Art competition website has a great collection of etching photos, and Flickr has several galleries here and here.
Check out this tasty three minute video showcasing some latte art in action…or keep reading to find out the tricks to creating these delicious little foamy paintings yourself.
The first step in creating these decorative additions is knowing how to correctly steam the milk. Here’s a tutorial from CoffeeResearch.org or try Gimme Coffee’s tip sheet. Latteart.orgalso has three quick vids on how to create some basic latte art shapes, and this article by David Schomer goes along well with the vids.
For those espresso lovers who like it plain and simple you’ll enjoy this sexy Flick set from user tonx. Crema never looked so pornographic.