Making good coffee is an art in itself, but if you really want to surprise your guests or just want to enjoy a coffee with a twist, then you need to learn the art of latte. Latte art is a way of decorating the surface of your coffee with frothed milk, creating surprising shapes and designs. In this article, we’ll teach you how to make artistic lattes for your coffee and the various techniques used by the professionals.
But before we get into the details, it’s important to choose the right coffee to get the best possible result. Choosing the right coffee capsules is essential for obtaining a quality coffee and also for preparing latte art. Saida Gusto Espresso offers a wide range of compatible capsules for every taste, including Lavazza a Modo Mio capsules, a Modo Mio compatible capsules and Caffitaly compatible capsules. Furthermore, if you are a fan of Nescafè Dolce Gusto, Saida Gusto Espresso also offers Nescafè Dolce Gusto compatible capsules to satisfy your every need.
Preparation of milk and coffee capsules
Now let’s move on to preparing the milk. The first step is to prepare the perfect latte, which must be thick and creamy in order to create patterns and shapes on the coffee. To prepare the milk, you can use a milk machine or a simple saucepan. Make sure you’re using fresh, whole milk, which offers the best texture for latte art.
Once you’ve prepared the latte, it’s time to create the froth. To obtain perfect foam, it is important to use a milk jug and a milk thermometer, which will help you keep the temperature of the milk under control. Heat the milk to around 60-70°C, then start frothing by shaking the milk jug up and down until you get the desired consistency.
At this point, you’re ready to create the latte art. There are many techniques for creating designs on milk, including the ‘rosette’, ‘heart’ and ‘tulip’. For example, to create a rosette, pour the milk into the cup of coffee to form a circle, then add a drizzle of milk in the center of the circle and create a flower-shaped figure using a stick or spoon.
To create a heart instead, pour the milk into the cup of coffee in a circular motion and create a central dot, then draw two half circles on the edge of the circle with a stick or spoon.
Now that you have all the necessary information, it’s time to challenge yourself and start creating your latte art with other procedures. Grab your freshly brewed coffee and start working on the milk.
First, it is important that the milk is fresh and cold. Pour the milk into the latte art pitcher (a special container for preparing milk) up to about half of its capacity.
Next, it’s time to create the foam. Insert the steam tip into the milk and open the steam valve to release the steam. Move the pitcher slightly to create a small turbulence and mix the milk and froth.
Continue to steam the milk until you have a thick, creamy froth. When you’ve reached your desired foam level, wipe the steam tip clean with a damp cloth.
Now that you have the foam, it’s time to start creating the latte art. To make a heart, for example, pour the milk into the cup in a slow, steady motion until you reach the middle of the cup. Next, create an “S” shaped motion as you pitch the pitcher back and forth. When you’re near the rim of the cup, make a quick, firm upward motion to create a heart.
If you want to create a leaf instead, start as for the heart but when you’re near the edge of the cup, tilt the pitcher to create a straight line of milk. Next, create a quick, firm downward motion to create the leaf.
Of course, there are tons of other shapes you can create with latte art, but these are just a few examples to get you started.
Which coffee capsules to use?
Finally, we can’t forget to mention the choice of capsules for your coffee. If you use a Lavazza a Modo Mio machine, you can opt for the original capsules or Lavazza a Modo Mio compatible capsules from other brands such as Borbone and Gimoka. If, on the other hand, you have a Caffitaly or Nescafè Dolce Gusto machine, there are also compatible capsules available for these machines.
In conclusion, the preparation of artistic latte may seem difficult at first, but with a little practice and patience, you can achieve amazing results. Remember to use fresh, cold milk, and to choose the coffee capsules compatible with your machine to obtain a perfect result. Good luck and good coffee!