Latte Art Tips and Tricks

Latte Art Tips and Tricks



hey guys it's John from Seattle coffee gear today we're gonna talk a little bit about latte art this isn't going to be a coverall video this is more gonna be just tips and tricks that I've learned as I have kind of practiced and worked on my own latte art skills latte art is something that we get a lot of questions about it is really fun to do and it's really gratifying when you start to learn my general thought about latte art is it all starts with your technique and making sure that your technique is solid because really a lot of the little things and finite things in latte art once you start practicing and getting really skilled at it comes down to just little tweaks that makes make things look better be more symmetrical have better placement in the cup have better contrast all those things so I'm just going to talk about some different things how they affect your final pour and how you how you can improve on those and so the basis of everything is your cup this is about the size of cup I like to use when I'm doing a coffee specifically for latte art something that's about 8 ounces some people go up to like a 12 ounce size I like to have a little bit more depth of contrast the smaller your cup is there's obviously more espresso to the amount of milk so there's just less dilution of the espresso so there's more contrast that way that's just my personal preference I'm talking about holding your cup when you're pouring this is one of my pet peeves that I see in coffee shops if people are holding the cup like this when they're pouring that's kind of gross because I mean I hope you wash your hands but I don't want to be drinking from where your fingers just work because I'm not probably not going to be licking your fingers and so that's just one of my biggest pet peeves is when people hold the cup like this if you like to hold the cup instead of holding the handle but you can hold it lower you can hold it from the bottom and my personal approach is I hold the handle of the cup why I do that has to relate to my pitcher my pitcher also has a handle and what I try to do when I'm pouring latte are is imagine that this handle is creating a cross-section in the cup and this handle of the pitcher which should be aligned with your spout is forming almost like a perpendicular X in the middle of the cup and I'm trying to stay with these lined up through my whole pour and that's how I'm going to get something that's nice and symmetrical something that's centered in the cup and something that just looks nice overall now that's something that you're going to catch yourself wandering because towards the end of the pour your pitcher is going to be twisting to the side and that's how you get lopsided stuff at the top of your pour so it's really important you just remember to keep yourself as straight as possible and it's going to feel really awkward in your wrist when you're pouring that's just a fact of life and you can hold your pitcher like this you can hold your pitcher like I do I've seen some people hold their pitches like that my milk is too hot for me to hold a pitcher like that so I just choose to hold it like this there's no real rule stain you can or can't do it a certain way or another you just have to make sure that you're straight and lined up so that your pit your pour comes out symmetrical in the end now that we've covered kind of the cup and the pitcher why don't we jump into a little bit more of the mechanics of latte art so I have a pitcher of water here and I'm just going to fill up this pitcher and pretend it is my milk pitcher and then I'm going to pretend that this water in here is my espresso now some of you have seen in the previous videos when I'm about to pour some latte art I transfer into a larger picture and that happens that's because I'm trying to get the biggest angle of attack that I can that's why I like to think about the kind of phrase phrasing and verbage that I use I might be incorrect I'm not sure but basically if you have a pitcher that's halfway full when you start to tilt it there's a certain point that it's going to start to pour at and so if your pitcher is super full you can only tilt it a little bit and then by the time you're pouring even if your cup is tilted all the way like this you can only get that close to the surface of it before your pitcher starts pouring the closer you can get to the surface the better your contrast will be the contrast is the difference in color between the tan from the espresso or reddish color from the espresso and the white from the milk and that's referred to as contrast and so if I can have the exact amount of milk in this pitcher that I need to finish this drink that's going to allow me to tilt my pitcher as far as possible without actually pouring so then I have more control I can get closer to the surface and get better contrast so back to my water and water so when I start I pour from a little bit higher and that's because I'm starting to break the surface of that espresso and I'm trying to integrate my milk and espresso all together so that I have a nice consistent base to pour into if your milk and espresso aren't integrated correctly it can be one of the causes that leads to a lumpy pour at the end also using nonfat milk or 2% milk can lead to a lumpy pour at the end but once you're starting out like this then like I was saying a second ago you want to get as close as possible so if I was to pour all that in there up to the brim if you look at my pitcher here that was halfway full when I started and I still have liquid left over so my goal is to have no liquid left over so I am going to carefully do this carefully transfer that pretend that's my espresso and now if I do this again so I'm integrating that all together I can get much closer before I start to pour and then when I finish out I have just about the right amount in there if you're working in a coffee shop that's also important because you don't want to be wasting a lot of milk because over time that can compound and that's a lot of money that is wasted just by pouring that milk down the drain and some people do save that milk I think it's a little bit gross to cool down nope that was already heated and then reheat it again it just doesn't taste quite right to me so it's just easier to use all the milk that you steam to make your finish drink and when you're practicing all these mechanics it does help to start with water just to get the feel of all of this stuff down of that kind of awkward hand holding where you're kind of sideways like this and if you notice my hands are not in a supernatural position here my wrist is kind of turned over that way that's just how I found out it works best for me to make sure that I'm all symmetrical those are some of the tips that I know so why don't we go ahead and jump into the espresso machine and start pulling some shots and start actually pouring some stuff I'll be right back with some shots for the espresso machine and some milk in my pitcher one moment all right we are back I have my Porta filter all loaded up with some coffee I have this picture I'm gonna steam in this pitcher and then I'm gonna actually transfer to this pitcher just so I have a little bit more room for that attack that I was telling you guys about today we're using the black cat classic espresso not the analog in my opinion this one just tastes a little bit darker than the analog does honestly if I'm making a milk based drink I want something a little bit darker not too dark though and we have the zenith 65 II from Eureka we also have the Rocket espresso apartamento alright so and one of the previous videos somebody was commenting on how I didn't pull directly into a cup I'm gonna do that today because I actually have a scale and this is all dialed in and and I'm gonna steam while I'm brewing if you're in a coffee shop environment I mean granted it's not the best to pitcher transfer just because you you don't know if all your pictures are clean but if you don't want to lose any temperature in your milk just picture real quick and then you won't lose any temperature to your milk I always swirl before I pitcher transfer just so I make sure I'm pouring an even amount of my foam and also my milk in there and I have my cup and I'm gonna do all those same mechanics I was showing you guys earlier with the water where I am lining up I'm going to start out right here turn a little bit once I get to about that point is when I'm gonna start like I was saying if you get nice and close in there you can do that and so if you notice on that middle layer it's actually a little bit lopsided because a my milk was a little bit chunky because I am NOT doing this as quick as I normally would because I'm filming it and also my wrist went a little bit crooked and it wouldn't kind of lopsided I've also had a ton of coffee today so I'm trying not to shake too much yeah if you don't transfer your milk quick enough or it sits for just a second like mine did and you can get some of these lumpier sections in there and then I also probably filled up that cup a little bit too much with my milk before I actually started my pour when I was integrating those two together I wanted to have a little bit more room for myself and then I actually have a good amount of milk waste here that's not something I want I want less milk waste than that I am to be completely honest a little out of practice when it comes to latte art and I hope you guys really enjoyed this video and you can employ some of these tips and tricks when it comes to your own latte art at home if you have questions about milk steaming check out the two other videos that we did before this both on a higher powered machine like this one and then also on a lower powered machine that was a thermo coil style where you cannot steam and brew at the same time so check out those two videos as well for milk steaming tips subscribe to our channel if you want to see more videos like this more reviews more comparisons and make sure to leave a comment down below if you enjoyed the video if you didn't if I did something weird and you want to know about it leave us a comment and like the video if you enjoyed it anyways thank you guys so much for watching and have a great rest of your day I forgot to taste it you you

21 thoughts on “Latte Art Tips and Tricks

  • June 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    i loved your expresso machine, plz mention its brand

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  • June 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    you guys have access to different steam wands. I would be more interested in your recommendation and evaluation of each, how technique or tweaks would be different.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    Latte art starts with equipment. If you don’t have a decent machine to brew coffee and steam milk, you’re handicapped from the start.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    Nice restaurant. Places need more of those

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  • June 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    Why not use the bigger pitcher in the first place if you are going to transfer the milk there anyway?

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  • June 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    THANK YOU for mentioning not to touch the cup rim!!!!!!!

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  • June 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    5:20 back to my water and water😂

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  • June 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    Latte art is incomplete if the barista has no visible tattoos.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    Excellent point regarding holding the top of the cup

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  • June 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    Best video i found on technicals

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  • June 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    This is an awesome video, best tip video of latte art!

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  • June 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    Another great video

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  • June 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    Down right Honest Video … works…btw some in-depth knowledge sharing its been…Thanx a ton.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    I hate wide cups for lattes I prefer long thin glasses

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  • June 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    http://bit.ly/friendlybarista

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  • June 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    Nice Video. I can not get the consistency correct. It is either too thick and floats on top, or a little loose and the milk pours first. I know I have to watch not to burn the milk. I like the information about the smaller pitcher so you can get closer to the cup.
    Thanks Matt V
    I'm a high school teacher, trying to get students to learn this!

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  • June 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    Respect brother

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  • June 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    He had too much milk. His pour was wrong. He was out of practice. Why did he post the video. Why do you sycophants praise him. That was a completely whack video. He should have cut his losses and redone the post to show us a good result.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    i need to see tips with the barista express. im having a hard time dialing it in

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