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Amby104
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Posted Wed Dec 11, 2013, 12:02pm
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Hi everyone, I'm looking into getting my partner some basic tools to begin latte art for Christmas, but I wanted to consult you all (who know immensely more than I) on what exactly I should get for her. If you have any items you would put into a "latte art kit" what would it be? She is an advanced barista but has not dabbled in the latte art realm too much yet. Any insight and/or suggestions from you would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!
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Posted Wed Dec 11, 2013, 12:38pm
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There's a kit for sale that consists of stencils one places over the cup - but that's sort of cheating, and won''t help your friend improve her skills.  You then sprinkle cinnamon or cocoa on and voila, you have a nice picture.  Other than that, the methods are etching (using a small stick) or pouring technique.  No real special tools are required (other than a machine that steams well and a good frothing pitcher) for either, but rather, it's a set of skills. If you really want to get her something special for latte art, hit up one of the following to arrange a private class...(in no particular order)...

Southside Espresso (Montrose)
Tuscany Coffee (Greenway Plaza)
Blacksmith (Montrose)
Boomtown (Heights)
Revival Market (Heights)
Catalina Coffee (Washinton west of Downtown)

There are a few other places you could try, but I would be really surprised if you couldn't find a barista at one of these places to agree to do a class on their off time.

If you're dead set on a material gift, David Schomer sells a latte art video on his website www.espressovivace.com

 
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Posted Tue Jan 14, 2014, 8:08pm
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You need the following basic tools for latte art:

a.       Wide-mouthed cup
b.      Fresh shot of quality coffee
c.       Cold milk
d.      Steaming wand

The important elements for latte art are the quality coffee and well textured or heated milk.

 
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Posted Thu Feb 13, 2014, 6:56am
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...and patience!
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brewinaroundcoffeeco
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Posted Sun Feb 16, 2014, 10:06am
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I think if she is already a professional at latte art then getting her a good latte art steaming pitcher and tamper would be nice. Not much else is required for hand poured art if she already has the machine.
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Posted Sat Mar 1, 2014, 4:05am
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  1. Hands
  2. Eyes
  3. A pitcher with a sharp mouth
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Posted Thu Mar 13, 2014, 3:45pm
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Hey there! Latte art is a fun and exciting hobby, I'm sure your partner will get addicted just as I have to the pursuit of the perfect tulip or rosetta :)

I agree with everyone else's posts but I have some specific recommendations.

  1. The rattleware latte art pitchers are absolutely my favorite to pour with, I recommend a 12oz and 20oz size for pouring in 6oz cups and 12oz cups respectively
    Here is a link: Click Here (prima-coffee.com)

  2. There are lots of cup options out there. My favorite larger cups are Ancap 9-11oz cups, Prima-coffee.com has them too, they are pretty cheap compared to italian cups. ACF italian 6oz cups are also really nice because they have a nice wide bowl shape

  3. I presume you already have an espresso machine with a decent steam wand and proper grinder? If not, the rancilio silvia is a good choice for less than $1000

  4. Watch lots and lots of videos! That's how many of us learned and they will show you some great techniques. Ryan Soeder is a good friend who made a series of awesome videos for Howcast, these should be super helpful: http://www.howcast.com/guides/1067-How-to-Do-Latte-Art

I have poured latte art for around 6 years, competed in several competitions, and learned a lot along the way. Those are my humble suggestions, good luck!
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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2014, 11:46am
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By far the best response!!!

jowdawson Said:

Hands
Eyes
A pitcher with a sharp mouth

Posted March 1, 2014 link

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OJM
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Posted Tue May 27, 2014, 9:47am
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Thanks for this post, very helpful, especially the video link!
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Posted Mon Jul 7, 2014, 12:28am
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