If you can already make great tasting coffee, then you might want to test your creative side and have a shot at doing some latte art. Like with most things, practice is the key, and with a good consistent technique and plenty of experience, you can become an expert!
Latte art requires mastering two things at once, pouring milk at a consistent pace and shaking the pitcher evenly from side to side. The Rosetta flower is very common among baristas and is a good one to start with.
Hold the cup tilted on a slight angle, so the back of the cup is raised and the closest edge sitting slightly lower. This fans the coffee out in the cup and helps in the development of the leaves for our Rosetta.
Start pouring the milk in the center of the coffee. You may wish to rest the pitcher on the side of the cup initially, for stability.
Once the cup is about half to three-quarters filled, gently shake the pitcher back and forth while slowly moving it backwards. You should start to see the leaves in the flower design begin to form.
Wait for the milk to build up in the side of the pitcher before you change direction and swinging it across to the other side. Don’t go back and forth too quickly, but rather be patient, in a rhythmical side to side motion.
As you keep pouring, there is less milk in the pitcher, so you need to tilt the bottom up so the milk continues to pour at a steady rate.
Continue to pour in the center of the coffee, with your consistent shake from side to side. On the surface of the latte, the leaves should be moving away from you. After about 4-6 shakes, begin moving the pitcher back towards you, continuing to shake side to side, but with a slightly tighter oscillation.
- Use a cup with a wide mouth – This lets the design develop easier and doesn’t require AS intricate detail in a small space.
- Take it slow – Most people try to go too fast initially, but rushing it will not work. Keep it slow and steady, it should feel natural, almost like a metronome beat back and forth.
- Practice using water initially – It won’t have the same effect as milk but it allows you to practice getting used to pouring and shaking at the same time.
Professional baristas pour dozens (if not hundreds) of coffees a day, which is why they can perfect their latte art. If you’re doing this at home, the key is to practice practice practice!
Some of our favourite latte art