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Coffee Art Amazing Photos and Secrets of Creation
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Coffee is an art form on to itself! But there is something more. Specially for the coffee lovers and for the art lovers - some ideas about coffee art! And even if you are not a coffee person - you will enjoy this art as well!



So how can coffee really become art? Watch the answer here:

Now, add a bit of chocolate and fantasy – here you go!

If you like to dress up, then why not to dress up your coffee? You can easily do that with that wee little bit of left-over milk poured from a latte.

Coffee art has many forms. So why don’t you try to create a coffee masterpiece?

You can draw, write, give form by pouring milk in your favorite drink. Take a little milk and any cup of coffee, chocolate, cappuccino and make your day more beautiful.

If you are interested not only in drinking this artistic coffee, but also in making it, you should remember these coffee art techniques:

1. Use a wide mouth cup. The trick is with the wide mouth you will more easily see the design develop and if anything the wide mouth can assist in its development.

2. Begin with very cold milk. It is important to keep the milk temperature right above freezing. Keep the steam pitchers in the refrigerator also. This will allow you to steam the milk for a longer period of time to achieve the smooth and velvety texture that is required for latte art. Pour enough milk for one cup into the steam pitcher. Put the steam wand at the bottom of the pitcher. Turn on the steam, and slowly raise the wand until it is near the top of the milk. Lower the pitcher as the milk rises so the steam wand stays 1 cm away from the top of the milk. The milk should not stretch too much nor should there be any big bubbles. Create a smooth, velvety milk as opposed the foam that sits atop most espresso drinks.

3. Allow the milk to reach 80 ºF (27 ºC), then place the steam wand on the side of the pitcher, deep into the milk, positioning the pitcher to spin counterclockwise. Keep doing this motion until the milk heats to 150 ºF to 160 ºF (65 ºC - 70 ºC). Shut the steam and remove the steam wand and thermometer from the milk. Clean the steam wand with a wet cloth.

4. Vigorously swirl the milk. If you see any bubbles, pound the pitcher on the counter several times and go back to swirling the milk for 20 to 30 seconds. Do this even while the espresso is pouring.

5. Start pouring the milk into the espresso. Pour starting in the center of the coffee, especially for small cups. To create a flower pattern, pour the milk into the bottom part of the cup, about an inch away from the bottom. Once the cup is about half filled, shake the pitcher back and forth while slowly moving it backwards. The flower design will move forward, filling the cup. Do this with a shaking motion originating at the wrist instead of moving your hand back and forth. Once the foam reaches the top, pour the milk up the center of the pattern you created. Use a minimal amount of milk to avoid sinking the flower pattern.

6. Practice, practice, practice. And enjoy your beautiful artistic coffee!

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