Have you ever sat down at Reload to order yourself a cappuccino, only to find yourself marvelling over the elegant marbled patterns of earthen browns and shimmering white that tops your beverage!
What you have seen is known as Latte art which 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. It can also be created or embellished by simply “drawing” in the top layer of foam. Latte art is particularly difficult to create consistently, due to the demanding conditions required of both the espresso shot and milk.
This, in turn, is limited by the experience of the barista and quality of the espresso machine. The pour itself, then, becomes the last challenge for the latte artist. The term is not reserved to latte coffee only, it also applies to other beverages containing milk foam like cappuccino and hot chocolate.
Latte art has become a hallmark of many quality coffee shops around the world.