The most important aspects of the pouring technique are the speed with which it is performed and the height at which it is performed above the bowl.
Round bowl-shaped cups are the easiest to work with when it comes to making latte art. Squeeze a small amount of steamed milk into the bottom of the cup and swirl it around to combine everything.
There is no way you are going to create beautiful lattes if the texture of your steaming milk is bubbly or if it is either too thin or too thick. It's really important, because if the texture isn't right, you're not going to get tight, well-defined patterns at all. Full cream (whole) milk is also the best place to start when making a smoothie.
If your steamed milk has a bubbly texture, or if it is too thin or too thick, you will never be able to create beautiful latte art. When it comes to texture, it is absolutely critical. If the texture is incorrect, you will not be able to achieve tight, well-defined patterns.
Some specific suggestions for achieving a silky, smooth texture in your milk. Full cream (whole) milk is also the best place to start when making a smoothie. It stays together for a longer period of time before separating and does not foam excessively, as opposed to skim or light milk.
Beginning with a swirl of the crema in the cup. The crema is mixed together to create a smooth, even surface, which allows the pattern to flow evenly and symmetrically onto the surface after it has been applied.
Start pouring as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more your silky steamed milk will begin to separate into layers, increasing the likelihood that you will end up with blobs of foam instead of smooth, creamy milk coming out of the jug.
You will end up with a lot of white in the cup if you pour too quickly, as the crema will disappear and disappear. If you pour too slowly, the crema will rise to the top of the pan and you will have no patterns at all on the surface. Learning the proper pouring speed takes time and practice, so the more you vary your pouring speed while you're pouring, the more you'll become familiar with the proper pouring speed.
Maintaining the vertical position of the jug and aligning your cup in a nice and straight line with the jug will result in pleasing symmetrical latte art. Adjusting the angle of your arms will also assist you in drawing a straight line from your elbow through the jug and to the bottom of your cup.
You've put in all of this effort, created a beautiful symmetrical pattern, stopped right there, and then slowed it down even more at the very end. Lift your jug a little higher and make it toothpick thin so that when you drag it through the pattern, it draws a nice even line down the middle and doesn't squish the pattern into a strange shape as it does when it does.
Other Questions about Coffee
Questions not about coffee (but important to coffee)
OCM (OnCoffeeMakers.com) was started in 2007 with the first webpage about coffee machines. And for a number of years, we focused on helping people find their desired coffee machine (we still are helping folks with that! So, if you are looking for coffee machines for office or restaurants - check out the link).
In 2010, we started getting enquiries on restaurant marketing and we start to help food and beverage brands with their marketing. Below are campaigns and events that we have done over the years:
OCM's campaigns: F&B Marketing Ideas by OCM
OCM's Events: F&B Industry events by or with OCM
Check out this restaurant marketing guide to learn more about the many campaigns and companies we have worked with.
Since then, we have also created many marketing workshops and classes for the F&B industry. Many of these modules are still running in tertiary institutions such as Temasek Polytechnic Skillsfuture Academy and also ITE College East COC classes, below are some snippets of our lectures and workshops:
OCM’s F&B workshops: Food and Beverage Marketing Lectures | Workshops - click to watch classes on customer journey map, JTBD and more.
So, if you are looking for industry practitioners to help you scale your coffee or F&B businesses, do drop us a message or book an appointment. Do also check out our various social media platforms on regular F&B and coffee market updates:
For regular coffee (F&B) related videos: OCM Youtube
For Daily Coffee Inspiration (fun coffee content): OCM IG
For insights into the coffee (F&B) industry: OCM LinkedIN
PS: For the coffee lovers, we continue to share coffee articles (and videos) and have also started a free coffee class section (with free online coffee training supported by coffee partners).
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