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lt7112
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Posted Sun Oct 6, 2013, 7:23pm
Subject: Question regarding free pouring and etching limitations
 

Hey there,

I was just wondering what the limitations are for free pouring and etching? In specific I was wondering if it was possible to actually write in a coffee mug? I assume it would be near impossible with free pouring but I was wondering if it would be possible to use etching? I'm attempting to do my research for a future proposal and my girlfriend and I met and got to know each other over coffee so I figured this would be a pretty cool idea..if it was possible. I greatly appreciate any information, thanks!
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Posted Sun Oct 13, 2013, 3:44pm
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lt7112 Said:

Hey there,

I was just wondering what the limitations are for free pouring and etching? In specific I was wondering if it was possible to actually write in a coffee mug? I assume it would be near impossible with free pouring but I was wondering if it would be possible to use etching? I'm attempting to do my research for a future proposal and my girlfriend and I met and got to know each other over coffee so I figured this would be a pretty cool idea..if it was possible. I greatly appreciate any information, thanks!

Posted October 6, 2013 link

Writing is done quite commonly with an etching tool but impossibly difficult by free pouring.. The only time I've seen it done in free-pour was in a latte art training video by an extremely talented barista by the name of Liza Whitacre, and even then it was barely legible.   If you google you can find her video.   BTW, as a side note, there's a creepy side to the video that I should mention.  She wrote the word "BYE" as the finale to her video.  Shortly later that year she was run over by a truck in a freak cycling accident and died :(.   I know it's purely coincidental, but it's still kind of creepy, so maybe you might want to avoid words like BYE if you try it. Life can be twisted.

Anyway, yes, etching commonly done to draw, so writing is just a form of that.  One thing to note--drawing on foam with dipped crema is much than drawing on crema with dipped foam, since crema has coffee solids that works like pigment, whereas foam is just milk with air that dissipates rapidly in small quantities.   The latter is generally done only for dots and simple shapes.
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