How to Make Latte Art at Home

How to Make Latte Art at Home


The thing that’s really neat about latte art is that everybody has a unique pour. It’s exactly what it says, art. So because of that it’s always something that needs to be practiced, but it’s a lot of fun and very fulfilling. Hi, my name is Jacob, I’m a store manager and coffee master at Starbucks. The heart pour on a latte, I really enjoy it because it’s the first one that I ever felt I mastered at all. And so it’s a great one to start with. Start off with a good espresso machine, you need something that’s strong enough to steam your milk. And then what you’re looking for in a cup is something that’s wide and a little on the shallow side so that you have room for your art on top. Obviously, in order to make great latte art, you need to start off with a really good espresso. Starbucks Espresso Roast is great, I also like a little bit of a lighter roast, so I enjoy Veranda. Your pitcher needs to have a thin spout on the front so that you can control the flow out of it. You definitely want to use whole milk when you’re pouring. It pours a lot smoother than any other milk. You want to steam it for about three seconds of actual aeration and foaming. And then you want to submerge your wand into that milk. You don’t want to hear much noise from the milk, you want it to be quiet after the first couple of seconds. The reason why is if it’s constantly screeching or foaming, then you’re going to over aerate the milk, which is one of the biggest mistakes that people make. When you angle the steam wand to the pitcher properly, you’ll see a little whirlpool in there that breaks down the larger bubbles. You don’t want to see big bubbles, you want to see really small bubbles on top. And if there are some big bubbles left, you can tamp them out just like that on the counter. So you want to start by pouring into the middle of the espresso, notice the glass is tipped sideways. And once you get built up a little bit, then you want to get your tip down close. You can rock it back and forth to create that white layer on top of that dark brown layer. Once your shape is made, your circle is wide enough, then you want to pull through it. So you pull it out of the bottom and it turns that little dot into a heart. Pouring latte art adds a whole new level of fun to making lattes at home. It’s a fun thing to see if you can add on to what you’re already doing.

Dereck Turner

4 thoughts on “How to Make Latte Art at Home

  1. Freedoms Guardian says:

    Hey Starbucks, are you anti-first amendment? Why do you delete comments that "offend" you? As long as individual comments are profanity free and do not attack individuals, shouldn't you leave up dissenting comment? What is the matter? Are you really that thin skinned?

  2. unknown person says:

    that looks so good 😋😋😋

  3. abbie s says:

    Awesome! It looks truly like "art!"

  4. MegaCraft BG says:

    Great video

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