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shootingrubber
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Posted Mon Jul 30, 2012, 8:37pm
Subject: Latte art, how to improve
 

Hello,

I started trying to pour latte art about 1 month ago, and I believe I have come a long way since then.  What started out as literally nothing has turned into something, although, not always what I intend lol.

When I poured this I thought that my milk texturing was almost perfect.  From what I saw when I poured it, it was like a perfectly white surface, paint-like, and it tasted great, apart from the looks of the pour.  Further, I use whole milk (3.25%) for my lattes / cappuccinos.

Here is a rosetta that, IMO, is not that great.  I would like some tips on what you guys would suggest on how to improve this.

Rosetta (image hosted on postimage.org)
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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2012, 4:46am
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shootingrubber Said:

Hello,

I started trying to pour latte art about 1 month ago, and I believe I have come a long way since then.  What started out as literally nothing has turned into something, although, not always what I intend lol.

Posted July 30, 2012 link

I have developed a nearly foolproof method for pouring latte art. I call it the "name it after the pour" method. Sometimes I get "Volcano Erupting", or "Misshapen Head",, or "Antarctica". Pretty much everybody agreed that "Brain Stem" was an award winning pour.

Hmmm, now that I look at it, I'm guessing this doesn't help you very much. Sorry.

 
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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2012, 5:51am
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klund Said:

I have developed a nearly foolproof method for pouring latte art. I call it the "name it after the pour" method. Sometimes I get "Volcano Erupting", or "Misshapen Head",, or "Antarctica". Pretty much everybody agreed that "Brain Stem" was an award winning pour.

Hmmm, now that I look at it, I'm guessing this doesn't help you very much. Sorry.

Posted July 31, 2012 link

LOL. Don't forget my personal all-time favourite latte art: black crow in a coal mine by night.

 
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Posted Wed Aug 1, 2012, 11:43am
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YouTube, practice, YouTube, practice, YouTube and practice some more, its the best way to learn if you have nobody to teach you, its how I learnt and now I can do the basic pritty well(enough to impress the uneducated)

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shootingrubber
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Posted Wed Aug 8, 2012, 6:34pm
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Here is one that I just recently poured.  Still not the best lol.

Rosetta #2 (hosted on postimage.org)
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TheSunInsideYou
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Posted Wed Aug 8, 2012, 8:04pm
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shootingrubber Said:

Here is one that I just recently poured.  Still not the best lol.

Rosetta #2 (hosted on postimage.org)

Posted August 8, 2012 link

It looks to me like a rosetta that's happened to me quite a few times, and I believe I know the solution. Make sure that you're drawing back  toward the outside of the cup steadily as you wiggle your wrists, so as you start to accumulate layers, they're evenly apart. Then once you've completed the "folds," move your pitcher up (closer to the ceiling and farther from the cup) so that the stream thins and sinks below the crema and strike through. I think you're issue may be that you're developing a good base, but then your pour, as you strike through, is collapsing the "folds" in on themselves.

Hope it helped.

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Posted Mon Aug 13, 2012, 4:10am
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Here is my latest one.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.

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Posted Sun Aug 19, 2012, 7:57pm
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Looks awesome! Now it's just practice until you're just doing it brilliantly for every drink. Hats off to you.

-Dave-
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Posted Thu Aug 30, 2012, 2:04am
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Looks great to me.  Would be happy to see that in more coffee shops.
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Posted Sat Sep 1, 2012, 10:46am
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It looks way better than mine!  And I have been trying for more than one month :(

 
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