For us, coffee is art. We can enjoy a cup of joe in a scientific, interesting or even beautiful way – latte art. You might think latte art as an unapproachable way to prepare coffee, but it’s actually not. With some practice, you will be able to create designs and upgrade your coffee game. Now, let’s pour some love into our cups and explore how to make latte art at home!
What is Latte Art?
Latte art is the combination of microfoam and a shot of espresso. To create latte art, you pour microfoam onto espresso to create certain patterns – or draw on the top layer of the foam. Nowadays, coffee lovers are so creative that “flowers”, “animals”, etc. are all able to float on your favourite cup.
History of Latte Art
This beautiful art has a long history. With the introduction of espresso and microfoam, it independently developed in different countries. While latte art became popular in the united states during the 1980s and 1990s, it was believed to develop initially in Italy even before that time.
Science Behind Latte Art
Why is latte art so attractive? Because it’s beautiful but brief.
The briefness of latte art is because of two components: crema and microfoam, which are also two colloids. The crema is an emulsion of coffee oil and brewed coffee, while the microfoam is a foam of air in milk. Since neither of these colloids is stable, they both degrade significantly in a short time. As a result, latte art can disappear very quickly.
How to Make Latte Art at Home
Want to show some cool Instagram photos to impress your friends? Want to save some money but enjoy a beautiful, delicious latte every day? Learning how to make latte art at home will help you with those! Here’s how:
How to Make Latte Art Instructions:
- First, make an espresso shot using our Stovetop Espresso Maker guide.
- Next, heat your whole milk to 140-160°F. If you’re using a microwave, heat the milk in 30-second increments until you reach the desired temperature.
- After it reaches the temperature, pour the milk into your metal pitcher.
- To froth the milk, insert the head of the frother towards the bottom of your pitcher, and flick the switch.
- Once finished, tap your pitcher on the counter and swirl the milk gently to get rid of any big bubbles.
- After adding espresso into the mug, start to pour milk from your pitcher into your mug. Start by pouring high and tilting your coffee mug (at about a 45° angle) as you pour a very thin stream of milk into the centre of your mug.
- Lower the pitcher to just above the surface when the cup is about 80% full.
- Move the pitcher back and forth so that the milk begins to make ripples.
- Finally, slowly tilt the pitcher back towards you, drawing the steam back through the centre of your heart.
Latte Art Tips:
- If you warm the milk using a microwave, heat the milk in 30-second increments until you reach the desired temperature.
- Keep your metal pitcher in the refrigerator before using. This gives your milk foam better texture.
- Watch lots of videos about latte art making! Follow their instructions and practice.
The key is practice. After a lot of practice, using your creativity to come up with more designs! We believe that a self-made latte art will definitely enhance your tasting experience.