Once you are able to consistently produce micro-foamed milk, then you are ready to start practicing pouring latte art. Pouring latte art and texturing milk requires practice and patience.
Tip: try and make small improvements on every cup you produce slowly working towards the perfect pour.
- Swirl the crema in your cup. This will help to mix everything together and make it easier for the milk to get under the crema.
- Slowly start to pour the milk into the coffee cup as you would normally do.
- If you get any white blobs appear on the surface raise the milk pitcher higher and pour over the area. This will suck the white foam back to the bottom and leave you with just the crema on top.
- When the cup is two-thirds full, lower the milk pitcher as close to the crema as you can without touching it.
- Slowly tilt the jug and gently sway it from side to side, you will see white foam starting to form on the surface of the crema. Remember when you are swaying the jug, to keep a consistent pour. It is a bit of a tricky technique and takes some practice but is one of the most common slip-ups people make when they are learning to make latte art.
- Continue to pour and sway the jug. If you are creating a heart or apple, keep pouring and pushing the milk forward. When the cup is almost full lift the jug and pour all the way through to the middle of the white froth. This will change your design from a blob to a heart shape.
- If you want to try to make a fern or rosette, then instead of pouring and pushing the milk forward you want to slowly pull backwards while continuing to pour and sway from side to side. When you almost reach the side of the cup lift your jug and pour your milk straight through the centre of the zigzag pattern all the way to the other side of the cup. This will pull the design together and give you the Rosetta/ fern shape.
- One of the key points to both techniques is to really relax your wrist and let it gently sway. This way you maintain a consistent steady flow rate and will find it a lot easier to produce art and do so consistently.