Welcome to the wonderful world of latte art

Although a prettied up cup of coffee is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a steaming cup of joe but latte art is as much about the coffee as the contents in the cup.

The price of an average cup of coffee can seem ridiculous sometimes and maybe this has a little something to do with it. Described as ‘the pouring of milk straight from a jug into a cup of espresso. While the milk is flowing into the cup a combination of wrist and hand movements are used to bend and shape the way the milk flows into the coffee,’ by the Latte art Guide and celebrated as the, ‘the only drink in which creativity can be consumed.’

There’s a reason why the image of coffee brings those fancy little cups to mind. Latte art used to be a preserve of only the crème de la crème of barristers. But of course this is not the case now. Makezine breaks down the process easily, ‘a latte is espresso mixed with steamed milk that culminates into a foamy surface of sippable heaven.’ That makes the meat and potatoes of the drink. The steps are as easy as make an espresso, froth the milk, drawing in the cup and serving the drink.

The cult of latte art has grown so much that there are championships and competitions in various parts of the world dedicated to the art form. According to World Latte Art, ‘Baristas are judged based on visual attributes, creativity, identical patterns in the pairs, contrast in patterns, and overall performance.’ Sounds intense just for a pretty cup of coffee.


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