Post By vjrossi
Tips for a newbie (with vid)
Not my best artwork and perhaps a bit fast on the pour, but generally my latte art is pretty much always like this. I would like to get nice slim, defined lines in my hearts... something cafe worthy
Note: I am using a cheapie jug and have been meaning to buy one with a better spout.
I'll just throw in a few thoughts. The milk itself seems ok, which is half the battle. Perfect microfoam almost does the job for you. As you indicated you poured a little fast which I think made you rush it. Your side to side technique was more of a 'shake' than a wiggle, much too fast. You won't see anything happening for a second or two, have faith and don't rush it. As other threads have stated, you need 'soft hands' i.e. don't grip the handle too tight. Perhaps start the pour a little higher then slowly lower and keep a consistent flow speed as the milk drains from the jug. When the cup is near full lift the jug to pour from higher again, then do the final quick cut through the heart. And for now I wouldn't worry about the initial swirling the milk around before you start the heart, it's probably just a distraction for now. As you said, perhaps a jug with a more pronounced spout.
I've been taking your suggestions for a test run this week and while I haven't got it yet, I think you pointed out something interesting. My pours are quite low and raising the jug is giving more definition to the lines in the milk as I pour. Technique still needs work but I think this is a step in the right direction. Thanks for the tips!
A jug with a more defined spout will help too.
Originally Posted by Alain
Did it help? with the motta jug?
yeah you aren't going to be an instant pro with this jug, but once you start using it you realise the difference. The bell shaped curve helps swirl the milk around heaps more which is what you want. It is also a lot easier to size up the milk for your coffee. The 35cl jug is just the right size for one flat white or two piccolo's. This is important as the microfoam used for art pours out towards the end, so if your jug is too full, you end up finishing with more milk rather than foam and won't be able to pour a design.
also watching that video again now makes me realise a few mistakes... firstly, plonking the milk in like that at the start of the pour is not what you want to do... you want to get your spout as close to the crema as possible so it doesn't break up the surface. This is why you see baristas tilt the cup slightly, so that you can get right in there. Secondly, once you start pouring, you want to do it slow so it doesn't break the crema as much as possible. This will allow the milk to pour through, leaving the dark coloured crema to rise to the surface, primed for your art to cut through at the end.
also as others have noted, i was shaking the jug too fast at the end you really don't have to move it much at all, but i guess the motion comes with practice