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What Is Latte Art? - Coffee Fact Sharing

  • For coffee lovers, enjoying a cup of coffee every morning, noon or evening is a wonderful thing. Many people think that making a good cup of espresso is an art in itself.

    If you like to drink milk coffee, you will definitely encounter various latte art with different patterns. Do these patterns attract you? Have you ever wondered how to make these patterns in your own home?

    What is Latte art exactly? Latte art is the art of drawing patterns or miniature carvings on the surface of milk coffee drinks such as cappuccino or latte.


    Latte art is formed by mixing crema (a liquid made from a mixture of coffee oil and brewed coffee) and milk microfoam (a foam made from milk using a steam wand in a steam milk frother). Because these two substances are not stable (the coffee will dissipate, and the milk foam will turn into liquid milk), the latte art needs to appreciate immediately when it is finished. The elaborate design will "disappear" after only a few minutes.

    Simply mixing milk and coffee will not make a good latte, let alone latte art.

    What do you need to know about latte art?

    Baristas usually add steam to milk to heat the milk and make milk foam to make milk foam. This scientific process is called "denaturation" because it changes the physical properties of milk.

    The main components of milk are sugar, fat, and protein. When it is steamed, the fat and sugar in the milk are broken down into smaller, simpler, sweeter sugars, making the milk sweeter.

    Once your milk foam is ready, the next step is to pour it into your espresso cup. Baristas are usually more fusion. This is a physical process. When the barista pours the milk foam, the milk foam and the espresso are fully integrated, and then the milk froth is used to complete the graphic production.

    Easy mistakes when making latte art

    Pouring milk froth too slowly: This will cause the hot milk in the milk froth to separate from the milk foam, resulting in insufficient separation of the milk and milk foam in the drink and insufficient fusion of the coffee. This makes it difficult to draw graphics later and makes the drink blend differently, resulting in a bad sensory experience (like the uneven salt in the stir-fry, which is a sense of life).

    When drawing the pattern, the garland is too far away from the drink's surface: When you move the garland too high from the drink's surface, it will make the milk foam directly blend into the crema instead of forming the pattern on the surface of the crema.

    When drawing the pattern, the garland jar is too close to the drink's surface: this has the opposite effect because the milk froth spreads directly on the drink's surface, so no pattern is produced.

    Therefore, you need to master the height, position, and flow to make good latte art. If you understand, you can try to make your own latte art. Visit Roaster Coffees to read more.