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Latte art is a critical skill, which can take years to master. This form of craft originally started in Seattle in the 1980s, and was heavily popularized by David Schomer. Since then coffee shops around the world have been providing their customers with visually tasty treats and sharing their beautiful pictures online. Did you know that there are even world wide latte art competitions? Pretty cool huh?
Latte art usually consists of pouring steamed milk into a shot of espresso, and then creating a unique design for the drinker. There are two main varieties of latte art: free pouring and etching. Free pouring is mostly common in American cafes, requiring a minute or so to preparing a drink. The two most common forms of poured latte art are a heart shape and the “rosetta.” Etching requires 2-10 minutes and has a shorter lifespan. Artists who choose this route are able to create incredible geometric shapes and complicated drawings.
To show off some great examples of latte art, we decided to do a roundup. In this large collection you will find some of the most creative designs we’ve stumbled upon. Do you ever get in touch with your inner barista? If so, feel free to link to your work in the comment section below. Without further ado, we hope you enjoy this showcase! And if you want to learn this skill you can look for Barista training near you to become a master latte artist.