My Food Diary

The Art of Latte

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Ever wondered how the baristas made those elegant swirls or cute designs on your cup of liquid battery?

Latte art is a method of preparing coffee by pouring steamed milk into a shot of espresso resulting in a pattern of design on its surface.

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A little history on latte art…

Latte art was developed independently in various countries following the introduction of espresso and micro-foam.

It was later popularized by both David Schomer (USA) and Luigi Lupi (Italy) coincidentally around the same time.

 

Style

There are 2 main types of latte art style: Free Pouring and Etching.

Free Pouring

Patterns are created by pouring milk into a cup, kept level or tilted in one direction.

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Heart-shaped latte is the most basic of poured latte art. More complex designs include the rosette/rosetta (leaf shape) and swan.

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Etching

 

Patterns are etched onto the foam with a coffee stirrer or pouring powder through an image cut-out template.

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This style generally do not last long as poured latte art.

The foam or powder used for it dissolves into the latte much faster than its counterpart.

Emergence of a new style – 3D latte art!

Essentially, 3D latte art involves turning the milky cappuccino/cafe latte foam into mini art sculptures floating on top of the coffee.

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FREEZE! Hands up!
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A cup-o’-kitties (=^.^=)

 

——– 끝 ——–

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