Coffee Break!

Politics is everywhere! In the office, in school, even in your own basketball team! But politics is just politics. While some people put so much fuzz on issues that can be politically inclined, the bottom line is that every issue can be fixed over a cup of good latte!

How do you like your coffee? Latte with the perfect latte art? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a nice cup of steaming coffee served in irresistibly great top art? I do, for sure you will like it too. Today, I would like to step out from the area of politics and really have some cool discussion about great latte art.

So where did latte art originated from?

Latte art developed in different countries by its own, coming after the introduction of espresso and microfoam and combination of crema and microfoam which allows the pattern to set. It was initially developed in Italy. It first took popularity in 1980. It is when it began to be recognized by the coffee houses. So you would guess that even if Italianos are figure conscious who perhaps diligently follow a BBG program, people from Italy are by nature artistic. And latte art is just one indigenous example of their skills.

What exactly is latte art?

Latte Art is a method of preparing coffee but with a twist. It is created with steamed milk and espresso. You can also embellish some by simply drawing in the top layer of foam. It is coffee with steamed milk finished with espresso in order to make patterns. It goes with different names such as coffee art, coffee designs, and barista art.

It is the only drink where creativity is observed. You can’t literally drink a heart, face and flowers if it’s not a coffee art. It would be difficult and not as tasty!

Here is one way of doing coffee art. It is called “ Rosetta “. Latte art is difficult to create consistently, due to its demanding conditions required. So if you don’t get it right on the first or second try, it’s totally alright. It could be challenging and really requires practice and patience. The “pour” itself is the very last challenge for the talented barista.

  1. Slightly tilt the cup. Create a latte pattern. Having minimal movement of your pitcher hand would help you to start a pattern.
  2. Pour steamed milk into the center. Hold the pitcher not too close to the cup and steadily pour the milk into the center of the crema. Do it slowly.
  3. Lower the pitcher closer to the cup; slowly speed up your pour and move the pitcher a little close to the cup. Then gently pour the fluid.
  4. Wiggle. Toggle the pitcher back and forth to create a zigzag pattern. Make sure to do it gently and fluidly.
  5. Raise the pitcher and get ready for the finale. Raise the pitcher toward the cup’s edge. Pour slowly. Raise the pitcher above the flat cup and drizzle small amount of milk backward to finish the rosetta.

Isn’t this fun?  A cool break from politics. If you enjoy the “Rosetta”, there are other designs you can do with steamed milk and espresso. Search on! What will you create?

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