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Latte Art – Warmth And Beauty

Latte Art

Latte Art

What is the best part about a steaming hot cup of cappuccino? I am sure, that most of the replies will be “the cute picture on top, made with foam and coffee”. That is what latter art is all about. It is about presenting a person his coffee in style. The designs can vary as per the artist’s moods and the current season. For example, heart shape designs are very common during Valentine’s Day. And during environment week, we can see fantastic leaf shape patterns on the cup. I know a couple of friends who love these designs so much, that they have mastered the art of drinking their coffee without disturbing the design. It is a cute, innovative way of adding flair and elegance to something as simple as coffee.

Latte designs – origins

The best latte designs are created when a dash of steaming hot milk is injected into a cup of espresso. These designs are difficult to create, and require quite a good amount of skill on the part of the artist. The person who makes the coffee in such places is usually called the barista. This fantastic art is assumed to have started in Italy. It is produced by using a combination of micro foam, crème and espresso. In the US, this art was developed by a created by a creative artist called David Schomer, between the 1980s and 90s. Initially, he developed the heart shaped pattern, and later used inspirations from Italy to come up with a rosette pattern. The rosette is a leaf that appears in many parts of Ireland.

Conditions required and Styles

The conditions for making these designs are very stringent. The espresso must have a creamy brown colour before the shot of milk can be added. The foam of the milk is used to create a sort of a layer to balance the milk on the emulsion of espresso, and holds the pattern. Over time, latte artists have learnt to use creamy thick foam to produce an art that is more long lasting. Latte art can be executed in 2 ways. The 1st way involves direct pouring, which is very common, and mostly depends on the sill of the person who is pouring the coffee. The second form is etching, that involves using special tools to create the pattern.


In the free pouring style, the cup is usually help tilted as the foam is poured into the cup. Then the shot of milk is injected slowly, and the barista then expertly wiggles the cup so that he can create the pattern that he wants. With sufficient wiggling using the right amount of pressure and with a skilled sense of direction, he can create the pattern he desires. Some complex patterns can also be created – like spider shapes, flower shapes and so on, but these usually require multiple pours and a higher degree of skill.

So the next time you get your morning cup of coffee, don’t just curse the waiter for taking so long. Remember – it has been prepared with great skill and care, just for you, so that your coffee can wish you a good morning before you drink it up.

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