Practice Latte Art (without wasting coffee)

A quick video tip to help you improve your latte art 

Latte art is tough.

While it doesn’t actually *taste* like anything, pouring beautiful latte art is the cherry on top of a carefully crafted home espresso sundae. You can take classes on the technique of pouring latte, and read all about it, but the only way to truly master it is to do it over and over and over again.

Over time, the muscle memory of hand position, cup position, speed, and distance all start to sing in harmony.

Well, thanks to an old industry trick, you can practice on repeat without wasting perfectly good coffee! All you need is a little food coloring, milk, and some time and patience. You’ll be pouring beautiful art in no time.

Good luck!

-The La Marzocco Home Team

Need to brush up on your technique? Check out our Chefsteps video on pouring latte art with Charles Babinski.

2 thoughts on “Practice Latte Art (without wasting coffee)

  1. I have used food coloring before but it got expensive.. Food coloring isn’t sold in large quantities so I used quite a bit and the cost added up.. Then I switched to instant coffee to practice.. Instant coffee can be found cheaply in grocery stores in large jars, each offering 120 servings. It matched the color of coffee too.

    Soon I discovered Dritan Alsela. If there was a barista “grandmaster”, he would be at it. Anyway, he developed a technique using used coffee grounds. It’s much more cost effective and efficient way to practice than any other method I’ve tried. It does have limitations for fine detailed work, but for basic pours, it’s great method for beginners, and the cheapest too.

  2. Here is another cost saving tip. Cold water with mixed in dish soap behaves exactly like 2 percent milk, even the gloss on the surface. Just make sure you dump it so nobody drinks it by accident

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