Amby104 Senior Member Joined: 11 Dec 2013 Posts: 1 Location: Houston Expertise: Just starting
Posted Wed Dec 11, 2013, 12:02pm Subject: Latte Art - basic tools?
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!
emradguy Senior Member Joined: 31 Mar 2011 Posts: 3,519 Location: Houston Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Wed Dec 11, 2013, 12:38pm Subject: Re: Latte Art - basic tools?
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
. Always remember the most important thing is what ends up in your cup!
brewinaroundcoffeeco Senior Member Joined: 13 Feb 2014 Posts: 2 Location: Seattle, Wa Expertise: Pro Barista
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Posted Sun Feb 16, 2014, 10:06am Subject: Re: Latte Art - basic tools?
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.
kennyrsmith Senior Member Joined: 27 Jan 2014 Posts: 11 Location: Kentucky, USA Expertise: Professional
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Posted Thu Mar 13, 2014, 3:45pm Subject: Re: Latte Art - basic tools?
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.
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)
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
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
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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