Although we usually only expect to find this sort of skill in a high end café or restaurant, latte art is easy to create right in your own home! A great way to entertain guests or add elegance to the end of dinner, latte art is fun, fast, and surprisingly simple — you can do it without a fancy espresso machine! You can later explore an espresso brewing class, but for now just jump right in with the below steps.
Here’s how to make latte art:
- Brew the espresso or use coffee as a substitute. Use your regular coffee machine to brew espresso beans or strong coffee beans.
- Steam the milk: pour the milk into a saucepan and begin to whisk it slowly over a medium setting.
- As the milk begins to froth, whisk faster. Do not let the milk boil over — boiling will ruin the froth and destroy the flavor.
- Once the milk has achieved a frothy consistency, set it aside for a couple of seconds while you prepare your espresso or coffee.
- Finally, combine the two! Begin to pour in the center of your shot. The denser milk will fall right to the bottom.
- As soon as you see the lighter foam rise to the top, begin to gently shake your hand from side to side as you pour. This will create a nice round milky center on the surface.
- As your pour comes to an end, run the stream of milk through the center of this circle all the way to the opposite side of the cup: this will turn your circle into a heart!
And you’re done! How does it look? If you don’t see a heart, try, try again! (If you’re having trouble with the pour technique, check out this video)
- Use whole or 2% milk.
- The best proportion of espresso/coffee to milk is one part to two.
- Let the froth settle for about 20 seconds before the pour, this will allow the froth to rise to the top.
- Don’t let the milk boil!
- Sprinkle cinnamon on the surface of your latte after your done — it looks (and tastes) professional!
These geeky latte creations are our personal favorites!