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    Heres a silly question - latte art vs cappuccino art

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    So, heres a silly question, is there such a thing as cappuccino art?

    I know a lot of people pour latte art into cappuccino cups as the surface is wider and the cups are more rounded, making for an easier pour.

    However, technically speaking a cappa is topped with 1/3 froth, does that mean you cant pour art onto a cappa?

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    Re: Heres a silly question - latte art vs cappuccino art

    Quote Originally Posted by 3C293B20212D480 link=1261922292/0#0 date=1261922292
    So, heres a silly question, is there such a thing as cappuccino art? *

    I know a lot of people pour latte art into cappuccino cups as the surface is wider and the cups are more rounded, making for an easier pour.

    However, technically speaking a cappa is topped with 1/3 froth, does that mean you cant pour art onto a cappa?
    Nothing silly about the question, I often see cappas being served crowned with a baristas artistic endeavours, the difference between a cappa and latte is open to interpretation, one persons cappa is anothers latte and vice versa.
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    Well both cappacino and latte are similar. What i have been taught is lattes are 1/3 foam while a cappacino is 2/3 foam. Basically means in a cappacino you can tilt the jug fully and let all the foamy milk fill the cup. But in a latte you keep the jug high let the milk from the bottom of the jug fill the cup first then as you are half way to fill the cup tilt the jug fully to top it up with a nice layer of milk foam. A latte usually consists of 1-2 cm of foam on the top. Might be done differently in different places but this is what i was taught from a cafe barista trainer. :)

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    Re: Heres a silly question - latte art vs cappuccino art

    Quote Originally Posted by 616E757961646176000 link=1261922292/2#2 date=1261954963
    Well both cappacino and latte are similar. What i have been taught is lattes are 1/3 foam while a cappacino is 2/3 foam. Basically means in a cappacino you can tilt the jug fully and let all the foamy milk fill the cup. But in a latte you keep the jug high let the milk from the bottom of the jug fill the cup first then as you are half way to fill the cup tilt the jug fully to top it up with a nice layer of milk foam. A latte usually consists of 1-2 cm of foam on the top. Might be done differently in different places but this is what i was taught from a cafe barista trainer. :)
    Morning Anu, as I said its open to interpretation.
    Watch this space, now the ball has been set in motion there are going to be some wildly differing (and controversial) views on the subject.
    Of course your barista is pretty much on the money with his methods, however the subject of the post was latte art/cappa art, what are his thoughts on this subject? :)

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    ok so i have misread the topic, my apologies.

    Now to look at the question from the OP. :-?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5643514A4B47220 link=1261922292/0#0 date=1261922292
    However, technically speaking a cappa is topped with 1/3 froth, does that mean you cant pour art onto a cappa?
    I think you can pour latte art into cappa ( i suppose you meat to say cappacino). I actually prefer doing latte art in a cappacino cup as its wider. Wheras the latte glass is tall but not as wide.
    Hope thats helpfull. ::)

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    Re: Heres a silly question - latte art vs cappuccino art

    Quote Originally Posted by 313E252931343126500 link=1261922292/4#4 date=1261958945
    I think you can pour latte art into cappa ( i suppose you meat to say cappacino)
    I suppose you meant to say cappuccino.
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    Re: Heres a silly question - latte art vs cappuccino art

    Anus point is also interesting re caps vs lattes.

    I have been told cappuccino is 1/3 foam, latte is ~1cm foam on the top. Hence the cappuccino is stronger because there is more foam.

    See Daves very helpful insight on the topic http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1245160555

    I was just wondering since I have been to many a cafe that just piles on froth (not microfoam) on the top.

    I can see the 1/3 foam ratio would be hard to get while pouring art.

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    Re: Heres a silly question - latte art vs cappuccino art

    Quote Originally Posted by 343326303D2B0D636B6B6B520 link=1261922292/5#5 date=1261966130
    Quote Originally Posted by 313E252931343126500 link=1261922292/4#4 date=1261958945
    I think you can pour latte art into cappa ( i suppose you meat to say cappacino)
    I suppose you meant to say cappuccino.
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    Re: Heres a silly question - latte art vs cappuccino art

    Quote Originally Posted by 1A262F3722430 link=1261922292/7#7 date=1261966344
    Quote Originally Posted by 343326303D2B0D636B6B6B520 link=1261922292/5#5 date=1261966130
    Quote Originally Posted by 313E252931343126500 link=1261922292/4#4 date=1261958945
    I think you can pour latte art into cappa ( i suppose you meat to say cappacino)
    I suppose you meant to say cappuccino.
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    Re: Heres a silly question - latte art vs cappuccino art

    Quote Originally Posted by 5E4B5942434F2A0 link=1261922292/0#0 date=1261922292
    is there such a thing as cappuccino art? *
    Yes.

    You take a stencil and shake the chocolate over it and get all manner of pictures on top of a capp.



    It is also possible to be a little artistic without a stencil.
    e.g. chocolate on only half the foam; lines of chocolate etc.


    Heres a pic I found while looking for examples.
    Ive no idea how this was done.


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    Re: Heres a silly question - latte art vs cappuccino art

    Wow cool designs. I think the latter is done using some kind of needle. i have seen videos on you tube. It kind of takes coffee art to the extreme i would say ;D

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    Re: Heres a silly question - latte art vs cappuccino art

    Quote Originally Posted by 303F242830353027510 link=1261922292/10#10 date=1261983285
    Wow cool designs. I think the latter is done using some kind of needle. i have seen videos on you tube. It kind of takes coffee art to the extreme i would say *;D
    Tattoo art?

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    Re: Heres a silly question - latte art vs cappuccino art

    Yea totally. Certainly requires special talent and good hand control. ::)

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    Re: Heres a silly question - latte art vs cappuccino art

    The whole 1/3 (or 2/3 for that matter) foam is a bit over the top. If I was served a normal (250ml) cap that had 1/3 foam it wouldnt be enjoyable as that is really a bucket load of foam (IMHO) as for 2/3 wow!!! If you put the choc on top of the espresso then it is possible to do cappa art if you know what you are doing (I havent mastered it yet).



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