How To Make Beautiful Latte Art

How To Make Beautiful Latte Art

When making your first latte, it can be tricky to make your creations. With a bit of practice, you'll be able to make heart shaped lattes in no time. We want to help by teaching you how to do latte art the correct way.

Latte Art Techniques

The basics techniques:

Pouring Milk

First, pour milk into a cup into your steam pitcher. Read the tips below on how to do this:

Use liquid thermometers to let you know when to remove the milk. Heat the cream at a level below boiling temperature for at least 3 minutes. Doing this prevents scalding from occurring, and ensures that you'll have a tasty latte afterward!

Put your pitcher in your refrigerator for at least 20 minutes. Cold pitchers allow you to steam milk better. Also, it will make your cream easier to control and stiffer. Preparing before making latte art is a great way to produce great final results.

Using The Steamer

Next, the steam wand should be below the pitcher. Turn the steam on, and raise the wand until it's near the edge of the container. Once the milk rises, place the pitcher in a low position. Make sure the steam wand is at least 2cm away from your milk.

Latte Milk

Don't let the milk create large bubbles or stretch. This procedure ensures that your milk will have a smooth and velvety texture and not having the foam just rest on top of the milk.

Milk Spinning

Make sure your latte art heat is at least 100˚F. Then place your steam wand inside of the milk that's near the pitcher. You'll want to do this so that your milk can spin counter clock wise. Turn the milk in a counter clock wise fashion while your steam wand is at the bottom edge of the pitcher.

Milk Swirling

After completing the previous steps, you need to make sure that your milk swirls properly. Give your milk at least 5 seconds to settle in so it can have a smoother texture. In fact, letting your milk settle in will help it swirl more efficiently. Hit the pitcher on the counter a few times before swirling the milk for another 20-40 seconds.

Making The Espresso

Start making shots of espresso once the milk starts to foam. Every espresso shot should have at least 7 to 9 grams of espresso in it.

Then, you'll want to pull your espresso shots. Ideally, your shot will have some cream inside of it. Also, it should have that traditional coffee flavor. Check out these pointers on how to pull your espresso correctly:

The length of your espresso's extraction is directly related to the strength used when you tamp down the milk's espresso grounds. You need to apply an even amount of force for the espresso to extract evenly and slowly. Failing to use the right amount of tamping will cause the espresso to remove too quickly.

After that, pour the espresso inside a small coffee mug. The shot should sit for no more than 8 seconds without adding milk into it. Make sure to add milk into your espresso to improve the taste and quality of your latte.

Making The Espresso Art

When making the espresso art, you have to utilize the position, height, and flow while pouring steamed milk. Follow these tips on how to create latte art:

Pour at a steady pace and move at a moderate speed.

Hold your cup at a slight angle. You'll want to pour steadily to ensure that it looks correct. If you pour too fast, you'll destroy the crema. However, slow pouring will make the foam lose its appearance.

Latte Art Basics Milk

When your cup is almost half-full, begin pouring from behind the cup. You need to move the pitcher in a side-to-side manner with some slight wrist movement. This ensures that your latte will have a beautiful design by the end of the process.

Latte Art Styles

Two modern latte art styles are often practiced by baristas.

Free pouring

This technique is standard by most professional baristas. Free pouring allows the user to create patterns in the drink with their free hand. This is a difficult technique to master, but it gives you full control over the outcome of the latte.

To practice free pouring, we suggest that you look at a few latte art tutorials. They will teach you the proper form and technique that's too complicated to explain in this post. In fact, you should watch a few extra videos to ensure that you'll increase your free pouring skills.


Etching is when the user draws on the surface of the drink. The user will have the proper syrups and tools needed to make a decent latte. Try this method If you're just starting out. It's easier and doesn't require as much technique as the free pouring technique.

Drawing on Latte With Caramel

3D Latte Art

With a bit of skill, you can create your 3D latte art. 3D latte art is where the foam is used to make complete 3rd-dimensional objects (animals, shapes, patterns). It was made popular by the famous barista artist Kazuki Yamamoto. If you're ready to put your skills to the test, then you should look into 3D latte art!

How to Make a Flower

  • Pour milk 1 inch away from the edge.
  • Shake your pitcher when your cup is nearly filled.
  • ​Make sure to shake your wrist in a back and forwards motion.
  • ​How to Make a Heart
  • ​Place the milk in a side-to-side motion.
  • ​Keep pouring until you make a crema circle.
  • Move the container and begin to pour on the large spot of the foam until it's filled.
  • Finish the creation by making a straight line.

Closing Remarks

We hope that this guide has helped you create your own stunning latte art creations! Feel free to leave a comment if you have any examples of some good latte art.