Latte art is the method of creating drawings or patterns on the surface of a coffee. This aesthetically pleasing and edible art was developed by baristas and is becoming very popular among coffee lovers. With a little practice and imagination, the technique can be mastered in a few steps.
Step 1: Find good milk for frothing
To create latte art, the most important step consists in creating good foam. A milk with a higher concentration of fat is ideal because it will keep the milk from separating easily. It is important also to get the milk to good temperature. At the beginning, the milk must be cold and ideally frothed in a pitcher with a spout.
Step 2: Froth the milk
Pour the cold milk into the jug a 1/2 inch below the spout and purge the steamer into the pitcher at a 15° angle to heat. The milk will begin to froth when the liquid begins to turn like a vortex. Continue moving the steam wand up and down to create air and remove the bigger bubbles. When complete, remove the steam wand and clean immediately.
For those who own a professional machine, you can prepare your coffee and to froth the milk at the same time. For other machines, you must first prepare the coffee before frothing the milk.
Step 3: Pour the milk
Next, the milk pouring must be done at the correct distance from the cup of coffee. In the beginning, the spout of the pitcher must be super close to the cup to pour the milk. When the foam comes out, you can begin to draw!
Step 4: Create your drawings!
Now the fun begins! To create a flower, tilt your cup slightly away from you and fill the cup with 1 to 2 inches of milk. Move the pitcher closer to the cup to speed your pour and begin to wiggle your wrist back and forth. To finish the flower, bring the cup back up and draw a straight line of milk through the drawing. If your latte art doesn’t come out “Instagram worthy” the first shot, don’t stress. A bit of practice is needed before making latte art!
Final Tip: There are stencils and toothpicks that can help in the creation of your latte art.
It's about time that coffee got a new look! The new trend this summer is a vegan coffee from Melbourne, Australia called the Smurf Latte. The recipe made of coffee, lemon, ginger, agave, coconut milk and blue algae (also known as E3), a natural food colorer found in the sea and large lakes.
Though not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration, blue algae has been known to possess various nutritional benefits thanks to its rich levels of amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
This turquoise coffee drink has peaked the curiosity of consumers. Indeed, many expect a sweet and candy-like taste, but are surprised when they discover the sweet but bitter taste.
A Huge Success
The Smurf Latte is not the first unique creation that has come out of this coffee shop from Melbourne. Indeed, the Matcha Mylkbar is also home to the Turmeric Latte, Beet Latte and the Mushroom Latte.
Today, this coffee shop has put its blue latte in the spotlight with the hopes of bringing in a younger clientele, and it’s working! This latte has made its way around social media thanks to its electric blue color that has been inspiring baristas and coffee lovers worldwide.
For now, the drink is only available at the Matcha Mylkbar in Melbourne, so the next time you are in Australia it would be worthwhile to stop by and give it a taste.
If you are as serious about your coffee experience as we at Café Liegeois are, by now you have heard a multitude of terms and names for the different styles of brews and beverages. It can get a bit overwhelming (and even discouraging!) as one tries to navigate towards finding what they like to drink.
We have researched and found the most popular ways people are enjoying espresso coffee and compiled simple recipes here.
- Espresso – The beginning of all espresso drinks. This is coffee brewed by forcing approximately 1 ounce of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans. Espresso is generally thicker than coffee brewed by other methods, has a higher concentration of suspended and dissolved solids, and has crema on top (a foam with a creamy consistency).
- Ristretto – Brewed in the exact same fashion as espresso but with just .75 ounces of water. Stronger and thicker!
- Doppio – Again, brewed as a regular espresso would be but with double (doppio=double in Italian) the amount of water; 2 ounces.
- Macchiato – Using either one or two shots of espresso, Macchiato is finished with just a dollop of foamed milk or “froth” on top.
- Café Noisette – Two shots of espresso (or one big one) with an equal amount of steamed milk and a bit of froth on top.
- Americano – A bit like making a full size cup of regular coffee using espresso as a concentrate. Simply add 2 times the amount of hot water to a brewed shot of espresso.
- Latte – If you like a rich espresso with lots of milk, latte is for you. To one shot of espresso add approximately 10 ounces of steamed milk and top with a dollop of frothed milk.
- Mocha – 2 ounces of espresso, 2 ounces of chocolate combined with 1 ounce of steamed milk. Rich and indulgent!
- Cappuccino – 3 equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and frothed milk. Very tasty with nutmeg, cinnamon or cocoa dusted on top.
See any you recognize? Find something new to try? The wonderful thing about using your Nespresso® machine with Café Liegeois pods is you can chose the level of flavor depth or even decaffeinated to make any of the above drinks. Choose PUISSANT® for level 10 flavor intensity, MAGNIFICO® for level 9, DISCRET® (our decaf) for level 7, MANO MANO® (our Fair Trade Coffee) for level 6 or SUBTIL® for a level 5. And this is just the beginning! Play with the above recipes to create your own unique experience. Try using flavored coffee syrups, caramel, chocolate shavings or ice cream. The possibilities are limitless!