If you love coffee, you can relate to the joy of being served a cup of latte with beautiful foam art that looks too good to drink. Latte consists of espresso shots mixed with steamed milk and the milk that creates a foam on the top of the beverage. It might not sound complicated, but there is an exact science behind it. However, anyone can acquire a skill with the right tools, the best coffee beans, and patience. Latte art, too, can be recreated at home, and TheHotSip has some put together some tips, so get you started.
According to baristas, you only need two ingredients to make a latte i.e., a shot of espresso and a good amount of milk steamed to achieve the right texture. You cannot make a latte by adding milk to regular coffee because it does not have the right consistency to create foam.
Steaming the Milk
When you are making a latte, use full-fat milk to get the best results. The milk does not need to be warm before steaming, add it directly to the pitcher. The trick is to steam it up to 140 to 180 F, so it does not boil over. Those with experience can tell when the milk is steamed by looking at it, but if you are a beginner, use the thermometer. After preparing the milk, it is good practice to tap the pitcher on a hard surface a few times, so there are no bubbles in it. Swirl the milk before you pour it in to achieve the creamy and foamy consistency that we want.
A Shot of Espresso
The kind of espresso you use affects the taste of the latte and its ability to hold the foam. The espresso beans are different and have a richer taste because it is more caffeinated. Make sure you use the right blend of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. If you do not have an espresso machine, you can also use a regular coffee maker, but you might not get the same taste you get with an espresso.
Pouring it Out
Once your espresso is in the cup and milk has been steamed, you can begin creating your masterpiece. The steamed milk has to be poured slowly but not too slow that the milk separates in the pitcher. The aerated milk will be left behind, which is what you need to create the designs.
The pitcher has to be at the right angle, away from the Jamaican Blue Moutain coffee surface. This way, the milk can dive in instead of resting on top of the espresso. You can form your art by pouring in different patterns that will rest on top of the latte.
Another essential aspect of pouring is the height from which you drop the milk into the cup. If the spout is too close to the drink, it will not rest and skim on the liquid's surface. Pouring from above the cup can help the foam stay in shape.
Once you have control over the flow, position, and height of the pouring of steamed milk, you can create your designs and enjoy your latte masterpiece at home. A steady hand combined with the best coffee beans will help you make a better latte than any barista.