Hi folks,

I'm Laurent.
31 yr old, from Belgium.

I've started my barista career 2 months ago;
and I'm interested in Latte Art.

I understand clearly the importance of milk steaming
(and espresso shot, to get the perfect cream).

Could you, please, give me some light on the following pouring technique:

I've heard that if you want to pour a great Latte Art,
you actually have to keep watching at the jug spout,
rather than watching at the pattern forming.

That way you can control exactly what's coming out of the spout
and you will achieve a perfect Latte Art.

Is that correct?
If so, does it mean that you can only gaze at your creation
when you've finished pouring?

I understand that when you pour the thick milk (soft foam)
and start your Latte Art, you have to bring the spout very
close to the Coffee.

So in that sense, it means you could watch at the pattern forming
and the spout at the same time.


I would welcome any comments and insights.

Cheers,


Laurent

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I think it is more important to pay attention to the motion of the pitcher than the art being produced. If you watch just the art, your eye will naturally be inclined to jump from spot to spot-- where if you watch the stream from the pitcher, there is something consistent to keep your eye on. 

That said, the feel of pouring latte art will ultimately become just as important as the look of the lines developing.

Hi Bro,

That's a brilliant piece of advice.

Actually, I find that if you try to watch at the pouring line sideways,
you cannot keep an eye at the spot. Since the cup is filling and the spot changes from the bottom to the top.

I only watch at the pouring line sideways when I start pouring up to 1/2 or 1/3 (to create the base). Then, I start watching at the stream from the pitcher as you advised.

But it's tricky because you have to position your head above the pitcher in
such a way you can see the pouring line developing.

If you position your head just above the pitcher, you only see what's coming out of the pitcher; but you cannot see the pouring line.

I guess it's a matter of practising.
I should position my head just slightly on the left of the pitcher.
That way I can keep a constant eye on the spot and see when the cup is full (and avoid spilling :D)

I'll keep practising.
Thank you for your hint.

Cheers,


Laurent
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Evan Joseph-Pinero said:

I think it is more important to pay attention to the motion of the pitcher than the art being produced. If you watch just the art, your eye will naturally be inclined to jump from spot to spot-- where if you watch the stream from the pitcher, there is something consistent to keep your eye on. 

That said, the feel of pouring latte art will ultimately become just as important as the look of the lines developing.

it's all technique.

get your milk proper

remember to pour up and over, not down

some pour in one spot, others circle the cup before espresso saturation.

control pour speed and pour distance from the cup to make designs.

move pouring hand back and forth for side movement in cup.

stop and restart the pour to make color contrast of milk and crema, with and up and down motion.

if you hold the cup, tilt and or rotate with non pouring hand to make more complex designs.

danny latte free pour

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