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There are so many talented baristas putting a smile on people’s faces every day with their incredible latte art. After a few interesting facts about latte art, scroll down to see best latte art designs we’ve scoured the internet for.
The 3 basic styles of latte art
Did you know that there are three basic latte art designs that you need to master in order to progress and design other more intricate designs? If you can get these right, then you’ll be able to work out most other designs and make them yourself.
So, what are the 3 different styles of latte art called? These are:
- Heart – The easiest of the 3 and one which is first learned. This is made by pouring milk from the centre of the cup
- Tulip – After mixing in the milk, the latte should be allowed to stop swirling otherwise there is a risk of blurring the design. Unlike the heart, the milk must be poured a quarter of the cup’s diameter from the top of the cup.
- Rosetta – This is usually the hardest to get right but practise does indeed make perfect. This design is also started at a quarter of the cup’s diameter from the top and the milk is poured with a ‘wiggly’ movement of the hand.
I’m sure you will now notice how some of the designs in our list have been made using one of the above basic designs, or at least using some of the techniques.
How to get started learning latte art:
There are plenty of free resources available online if you want to know how to start latte art. I however, am a huge fan of attending or following a course. There is nothing like being taught from the ground up from those who are an expert in their field.
If you have done a search and have not found any latte art courses local to you, then I highly recommend the following course, which is online, and that can be done from home:
Latte Art Course
If you prefer the structure of an online course, take a look at this latte art course on Skillshare. It is a beginner’s guide to making latte art so an ideal place to start if you’ve never tried making latte art before.
In the course, you will be shown:
- the basic equipment needed to create latte art
- how to steam milk
- how to create the basic latte art designs (monk’s head, heart, tulip and rosetta)
23 Cool Latte Art Designs
1. A bunch of grapes
What comes to mind when you think of grapes? I’m pretty sure wine will be the first for most! Well, whether you love grapes as wine to drink or simply to eat, check out how cool this design is. The vines and leaves are a great addition, making it more interesting than solely having a bunch of grapes on it’s own.
Photo by agarojewska.
2. Zebra latte art design
4. The king of the jungle
5. Hearts and feathers
6. As pretty as a rose
I’m sure there aren’t many mothers who wouldn’t appreciate this rose latte art design on mothers day.
7. Karma chameleon
8. Elegant swan latte art design
Swan designs are usually started with a rosetta base. A bit tricky to master but impressive once done.
9. Spectacular sea horse design
10. Freestyle pattern
A nice little variation of your typical latte designs. It’s nice to see something a bit different to the usual latte patterns.
12. Sun latte art design
This sun design is reminiscent of artwork by Picasso. Another that you don’t often come across in coffee shops.
13. Horse latte art design
14. Cute bear
15. Winter stag
16. Latte art snail
A simple but cute latte art snail! He’ll definitely put a smile on your face.
17. Beary nice
A different style of bear latte art this time.
19. St Bernard latte art design
20. Latte art rabbit design
Start practising for halloween now and perhaps you’ll impress your visitors with a latte art design of a spooky ghost.
22. Fish latte art design
23. Tiger latte art design
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