How to Make Latte Art – A Beginners Guide with Pro Tips


If you’re up for the challenge, we’ve included a couple of latte art pro tips that can really help your latte art turn out better than expected!

The latte art, or the design that is drawn on top of a latte beverage, has become an increasingly popular topic in recent years. From simple designs to complicated ones with multiple colors and different objects, latte artists have been pushing their limits in order to create beautiful latte art for customers. Latte art can be traced back as far as 1875 when it was done by hand without any tools. Today latte-artists use various tools such as syringes and spoons in order to make intricate designs on top of lattes. In this article, we will go over the basics of latte art and how it’s done, as well as provide some tutorials meant for beginners who are interested in learning how to draw latte art.

We’ll start with the latte art tools. There are essentially three latte-art tools, including latte-foam tools, latte-pouring tools, and latte-napkin tools. Let’s go over them one by one:

Latte Foam Tools – These include various syringes used to create latte patterns of condensed milk or white chocolate on top of lattes. Some syringes can be purchased for home use while others are strictly professional; it’s up to you if you’d like to purchase some on Amazon or at your local kitchen supply store. If you’re using syringes for an espresso machine, make sure to get barista size (short) needles.

Latte Pouring Tools – These tools include a variety of spoons that latte-artists use to create latte patterns. The size, the color, and the type of spoon you choose will depend on personal preference since latte-art is more subjective than anything else. Popular latte-pouring tools with customers include the bamboo spoon, the flat white spoon, and the metal latte leaf.

Latte Napkin Tools – If you want to make latte art without any special latte-making materials, try using napkins instead! You can cut a small hole in a paper or cloth napkin with a sharp object such as a needle or scissors. Then hold it above your cup while slowly pouring steamed milk into the hole. Voila! You now have latte art on top of your latte.

The next thing to do is understand latte art. There are four main latte-art designs, which include circle, heart, tulip/saucer, and rosetta. Let’s go over each design here one by one:

Circle – A circle latte-art is made by creating a template with your thumb and index fingers on the surface of your cup while slowly pouring steamed milk into it until you reach the necessary ratio of 2/3 foam to 1/3 milk. It’s acceptable for certain latte artists to use their bare hands in order to create this type of latte art, but gloves are recommended in order to prevent burns.

Heart – A latte-art heart is made by making a circle latte-art with your bare hands and then pouring the foam out until the center of the latte is just milk. Then, remove the latte from heat, wait for about 30 seconds for it to cool off, and use a spoon or syringe to pour the latte into the middle of the latte circle. Continue heating and pouring on top of this area until you get a nice rosetta latte art on top of your latte.

Tulip/Saucer – These types of latte art go hand in hand since tulips need saucer designs in order to stand up properly. To create latte art tulips, simply do circle latte-art first and make sure the latte has formed peaks; then using a spoon or syringe, pour latte simultaneously on top of each peak until you get a nice saucer latte art design on top of your latte.

Rosette – A rosetta latte-art is exactly like the tulip but with wavy lines instead of straight ones; it’s also known as waves latte-art. The best way to create perfect-looking rosettes is by making circular designs first (positive space), followed by an X-formation (negative space). The key to drawing beautiful latte art is controlling the flow!

Once you’ve created latte art, it’s time to top the latte with a little extra sweetness. Although latte-art is typically made from latte drinks, you can jazz up your latte a little bit by adding cinnamon or chocolate powder on top for a garnish. You could even add another type of sweeteners such as white sugar crystals or powdered sugar!

Pro latte art tips:

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The key to latte art is controlling the flow of your latte. It’s okay if there are a few imperfections in your latte designs since latte-art truly comes down to personal preference and tastes. Once you’ve mastered latte-art at home, head over to your local coffee shop and ask them politely to practice latte-art techniques on your drink.

If you don’t want latte art at all, become friends with your barista; he/she might make you a free latte if they like you. It’s always best to charm the latte artist while ordering something simple like a latte or another espresso drink. That way, the latte artist will be more willing to avoid making mistakes when creating latte art!

Of course, if you’re looking for absolute perfection in latte art then it’s probably best that you head over to your local Starbucks or Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf location, where latte artists are dedicated to their craft of latting every latte drink.

Latte art may seem difficult at first, especially with latte-art pro tips, but it gets easier the more that you practice latte-art techniques. Don’t be discouraged by latte art if you’re not feeling up to it; some people are just blessed with latte-art abilities!

So what are some of your favorite latte drinks? Tell us below in the comments section! And remember, keep practicing latte art techniques, and one day you’ll be on top of the coffee industry as a latte artist!

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