Latte Art - A Game Of Contrasts

In terms of taste, milk and coffee are already a harmonious team. Visually, the interplay of milk and coffee can also be a unique experience. You too can become a latte art champion at home in just a few simple steps. Because the eye is also known to drink.

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Latte art designs you can make at home

Making latte art coffee at home. It takes a little practice and the right technique, but in turn you control both the design and the milk you use – so you can, for example, enjoy an organic, lactose-free luxury latte. We’ve got a barista’s best tips + 3 ideas for latte art designs.

When the barista at your favorite cafe nonchalantly makes patterns with soft milk froth over your coffee, it seems like no matter, but all of us who have tried it ourselves know that it takes both the right remedies, technique and lots of practice to become really good milk artist . That’s why we’ve created a guide for you who wants to make beautiful and creamy latte art at home.

The extra good thing about making latte at home is that you can control which milk you use yourself. Treat yourself to organic lactose-free milk  that has 3.8 grams of protein and only 0.5 grams of fat per day. liter. The lactose-free minimum milk is filtered, and then the enzyme lactase is added, which breaks down the natural milk sugar content – so you can enjoy the natural, fresh milk taste while avoiding the lactose.

Step 1: Get the right equipment

Good milk foam requires a good milk foam with the right pressure. This is not the case with the small hand foams – you have to get hold of a solid machine where the milk frother is a flexible metal “arm” – also called a  steam arm  – that can really give your milk some foamy mojo. Moreover, real connoisseurs could never think of using tap water because it calms the machine – so if you are among them, you must go out and invest in bottled water.

Step 2: Maintain good hygiene

The milk frother is a delicate size that is easily blocked if not cleaned regularly. And regularly means all the time! Have a cloth at your fingertips and wipe the foam every time you have a foam – even if you make 10 cups in a row. Also, send a spout of steam through the steam arm when you are done skimming your milk. Every time.

Step 3: Steam the milk

Fill your milk jug about a quarter of an hour with Arla Lactose-free Organic Minimal Milk Drink. It is important that the outermost tip of the steam arm can reach all the way down to the milk. Turn up the steamer and allow the tip of the milk frother – ie where the air comes out – to work on the surface of the milk in the jug. If you can hear a soft, rumbling sound, you’re on the right track. If the milk starts to sound like an aggressive little whining dog, it’s because you haven’t given it enough air in the beginning; and it is precisely the air that should make your milk delicious and creamy. To avoid large milk bubbles and uneven milk froth, you can practice tilting the milk jug while frothing the milk. That way you will create a rotation that is necessary for delicious and creamy milk. It takes a lot of trying and it really is a balancing act, so here exercise has to be said to do so to master. But suddenly you have it and can instinctively sense when the steamer is doing it right. Turn it off again when the milk is about 55-60 degrees warm. To avoid the taste of boiled milk (or rice porridge), it must be at most 65 degrees warm. Again: The more you practice, the better you are at home.

Step 4: Now make patterns!

And now for the fun: the latte itself. It is best in a round cup with a large surface. Pour the espresso into the cup, take the cup in one hand and the jug in the other, and first pour some of the steamed milk into the coffee as you rotate the cup slightly back and forth. Pour slowly and evenly so that the milk and coffee blend most beautifully. Stop when the cup is full about halfway up – and then start your latte.

The reflection

(1) Pour the velvety milk foam into the back of the cup (which is closer to you). Pour the milk in a crescent shape so that the rear part is covered with milk.

(2) Use a spoon to trace the line exactly.

(3) Draw S-shaped lines through the milk and coffee with a wooden stick. Repeat over the entire diameter.

(4) Finally, draw a line with the wooden stick through the individual S-lines.

(5) Our reflection is finished. Good Appetite!

The coffee flower

The coffee flower

(1) Pour the velvety milk foam in a thin stream under the crema until the cup is almost full.

(2) Use a spoon to draw a thick milk ring around the edge of the cup.

(3) Put a dollop of milk foam in the middle of the cup.

(4) Using a wooden stick, draw a line from the milk circle to the edge of the cup. Repeat these lines symmetrically (eight lines).

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(5-6) Now draw the lines in the gaps in the opposite direction: start at the edge of the cup and pull the wooden stick to the middle of the white point.

(7) Now put some milk in the middle of the white blob; the cup is filled completely.

I hope you enjoyed, reading this little article, and maybe even tried to make something similar yourself.

Its very hard in the beginning, even for me, despite I have been working on latte art for a few years now.

Anyways, all we can do is to keep practice, and slowly becoming better each time.

Good luck,

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