Nowadays, art can not only be seen in paintings, sculptures or monuments. Now more than ever we can find art anywhere.

Even if we don't know it by name, we're sure to have been amazed when we ordered a latte in a cafeteria and a drinkable work of art was brought in its place. Latte Art is a way of preparing coffee in a much more creative way, worthy to be framed and hung in a museum.

If you've been left with the desire to find out more about this artistic practice, we invite you to get to know the world of Latte Art.

What is Latte Art?

It is a technique that began to be used in the 90's whose objective is the creation of drawings on the surface of the coffee. The design emerges as the emulsified cream of the milk comes into contact with the coffee. Latte Art is often used by baristas to prepare their coffees.

However, this technique has a certain degree of difficulty. One factor that must be taken into account is the quality of the milk foam, whose function is to improve and strengthen the flavor of the coffee, not the other way around. In order to achieve this criteria, a high-powered espresso machine foaming process is necessary to produce a good foam in the milk; the technical skill of the barista is also important.

Creativity and Originality

Creativity and originality are two essential factors to achieve this WOW effect.

The simplest drawings to make are hearts, rosettes and leaves.

But today these drawings are no longer surprising. This is why, thanks to the creativity and innovation of baristas, drawings are becoming more and more complex. We have drawings of animals, portraits, geometric figures... and even figures in three dimensions!

What Latte Art techniques are there?

As we have seen, Latte Art technique is an activity that requires preparation. There are two main techniques for its preparation.

Free Pouring Technique:

Free pouring is the most popular and simple technique. This consists of directly pouring the milk, once it has been foamed, into a cup of coffee with milk. To obtain a good result, the foam of the milk must be poured into the espresso with the cup inclined, causing the foam to remain on the surface of one side of the cup. Then move the jug from side to side while placing the cup in a horizontal position, and finish by making a movement to create the design.

The key to performing this technique is a relaxed hand and a lot of patience, as it requires time and practice to get the desired results. The most common designs are: the rosetta, the heart and floral motifs.

In the following video, we can see some designs that can be made with the Advanced Latte System of La Specialista de De'Longhi, number 1 in the sale of espresso coffee machines.


Etching Technique

With this technique we raise the degree of difficulty a little. The etching technique consists of engraving a drawing on the foam of the coffee using a variety of different tools. You can use sticks, agitators to accommodate the foam and syrups to complement the design. With etching we have to bring out the artist we have inside of us as it is a technique that requires great artistic skill. 

Although this technique takes time, the results are spectacular. With etching we can obtain animals, flowers, portraits and even popular figures in 3 dimensions.

As we have seen, the key to making perfect Latte Art is a good milk foam. Thanks to the Advanced Latte System of the new De'Longhi Specialist, we can achieve incredible results in a very simple way. Its milk vaporization system allows anyone to prepare a coffee like a real barista. 

Now it's your turn to take out the barista you have inside!


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