Crosshatch Senior Member Joined: 15 Mar 2012 Posts: 2 Location: Cardiff Expertise: Pro Barista
Posted Fri Dec 28, 2012, 1:36pm Subject: Re: Latte art
First post, just a quick pic of when I had a few minutes spare at my shop. Looking for some inspiration at the mo, reasonably competent at pouring/etching, but prefer pouring and am getting a little bored of Rosettas and hearts!
emradguy Senior Member Joined: 31 Mar 2011 Posts: 1,692 Location: Houston Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Izzo Alex Duetto II Grinder: MacapM4T, Macap M4, OE Lido,... Drip: Espro press; Aeropress Roaster: internet
Posted Fri Jan 4, 2013, 2:13pm Subject: Re: Latte art
thanks for the vote of confidence, but my pours are not consistent at all. so when I do 4 drinks, maybe I can get 2 ok ones and the others come out as hearts...and all I can do are hearts and rosettas! I guess it really is just a matter of practice with start-stop or fast-slow pour techniques, cup tilting and pitcher rocking...and of course, one has to get the frothing just right, but I still would like some hands-on instruction from a real pro! Maybe that would help me ramp up the learning curve a little, since I only get to practice a couple of times a day and have no constructive criticism.
Pourista Senior Member Joined: 20 Dec 2012 Posts: 15 Location: Davis, CA Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Mishka's Medium Roast
Posted Fri Jan 4, 2013, 5:45pm Subject: Re: Latte art
That's pretty much all it is when starting out, repetition. When I started to take it seriously I dedicated one whole summer to getting a rosetta down. After 3 months or so, I pretty much had it and from there just kept fine-tuning until I had all the steps "memorized". Then it slowly becomes muscle memory. One tip to help boost confidence would be to start out making less foam and gradually increasing it (at least for me). Too much foam will just fill up your cup and take away control of the pour. It also can be easier to start with a double shot as there is more time to react, instead of just a single shot. Your work is improving greatly though!
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