How to Make Latte Art at Home

A step-by-step video guide

What You'll Need

  • Espresso maker with a steam wand

  • Metal steaming pitcher with a pointed spout

  • Wide, shallow coffee cup

  • Milk (whole milk is easiest to pour)

  • Coffee, finely ground. Jacob recommends Starbucks® Espresso Roast or Veranda Blend®

How To Make

  • 1

    Make espresso shots.

  • 2

    Fill pitcher with cold milk to the bottom of pour spout dent.

  • 3

    Aerate milk for about 3 seconds by keeping the tip of the wand near the surface of the milk. You should hear a paper-tearing sound.

  • 4

    Submerge wand toward bottom of pitcher to get milk to spin in a whirlpool motion.

  • 5

    Heat milk to 150 degrees. Use a thermometer, or stop when you can’t touch the pitcher for more than an instant.

  • 6

    "Groom" the milk by tapping pitcher on counter and swirling gently by hand. This will pop any big bubbles and maintain micro-foam.

  • 7

    Pour high to start. Tilt coffee cup as you pour a pencil-thin stream of milk into the center of the espresso.

  • 8

    Pour low when cup is half full. Lower pitcher to just above the surface.

  • 9

    Lay foam. Fill cup till a circle of white foam begins to form.

  • 10

    Make your design. Using your wrist move pitcher slightly side to side to "draw."

  • 11

    Finish. Slowly tilt pitcher back and draw the stream back through center of the design.