Latte art is a method of preparing coffee created by pouring steamed milk into a shot of espresso and resulting in a pattern or design on the surface of the latte. Love it or hate it you would have to admit it can look very artistic and is definitely a way of taking your perfect coffee to the next level.
There are essentially two methods of creating latte art, free pouring and etching.
Free pouring, the cup is either often tilted in one direction. As the milk is poured straight into the cup, the foam begins to surface on one side (due to the tilt). You then move the pitcher from side to side, and finish by making a quick strike through the previously poured pattern.
Etched patterns range from simple geometric shapes to complicated drawings, such as crosshatching and are generally performed with a coffee stirrer of some sort. A crude but quick method with cappuccino is to pour chocolate powder through a metal cut-out in which an image has been incised.
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