Saturday, August 15, 2009

Is It Normal to Watch Latte Art Videos on Youtube for an Hour

So I spent the last hour on Youtube watching latte art videos because I am such a cool person. I have to admit that even when I had my coffee shop and was pulling espresso shots twelve hours a day I was never that good at latte art, something that always upset me. I see latte art as a true measure of a barista’s skills. Don’t get me wrong I was able to pull a great shot of espresso and steam milk; it was just that my art was more abstract in nature.

I was really impressed with some of the videos that are circulating right now. I have always been a bit obsessed with latte art and considered myself a bit of a purist. I believe that the barista should only get to manipulate the milk when it is being poured. No, going back and defining lines with chocolate sauce or things of that nature.

After watching a few videos today I may have changed my mind a bit. I am still not a big fan of using chocolate sauce, but I think I may be coming around on some slight manipulation of the foam.

This barista’s latte art bear really impressed me. The barista does manipulate the foam some after pour the milk but the bulk of the latte art is complete and it is only some small detail he adds. The most impressive part is that he completed all the shading during the pour.


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