Considered by coffee enthusiasts around the world as the crowning touch, latte art is steadily emerging as the ultimate ending to a perfectly prepared espresso drink. For many years, barista competitions were limited to simply skills and techniques, but as we learned from professional barista Chris Deferio, latte art tournaments like the Millrock Latte Art Competition are becoming extremely competitive.
“Millrock itself is getting to be more and more prestigious,” Deferio said regarding the well-known competition. “It’s gaining in notoriety and is becoming a norm in the lexicon of the coffee professional.”
The Millrock Latte Art tests the best baristas in the United States not only on the visual aspects of their drinks, but also on the taste and aroma. A café latte finished with a free pour, as it is called in the world of latte art, is visually stunning and captures something incredibly special, according to the publicists of the competition.
“Latte art is like the professional ethos of a barista,” Deferio said. “Like a handshake after the deal is made.” Deferio explained that latte art is really like a guarantee made by the barista that the drink is great – in every way.
Tools of the Trade
To start working on this finishing touch, you’ll need the following items:
Twelve Steps to Steaming and Pouring like a Professional Barista
Now that you’ve had a chance to learn the techniques from a professional, it’s time to practice, practice, practice! Remember – Rome wasn’t built in a day. With a steady regimen of latte art practice, you’ll be pouring beautiful masterpieces into every latte you make in no time.
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