coffee as art


Because, i too was intrigued by the designs that regularly appear on my lattes, I drug myself down to augie's this morning and asked Brian exactly how he makes my lattes look so beautiful.  Guess what, it's not easy.  It has taken him 2 years as a barista to learn this free flow art work.  He says the secret is in getting the milk glossy.  Who knew?  I love when passion mashes with food.  The results are so outstanding.  Check this out...







 




















Just to show off - he made this sweet tulip thing too.


I originally thought he drug a toothpick through the foam to form the designs.  I had no idea that it's in the way he pours the foam.  Pretty nifty.
Coffee as Art



26 comments

  1. There are some really fun and talented people out there! I love that he's learned to do this and doesn't just pour your coffee and call it good.
    Now he's on your blog and famous! :)

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  2. I was thinking the same thing, because that is usually how you get a marbled look on a dessert. It truly is art!

    Linda

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  3. Dude. That's cool. I love it when someone gets joy from their job and we get a little inspiration to boot!

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  4. I'm amazed. What an artist he is!

    xo
    Claudia

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  5. I had a friend that had a coffee shop and she went to a course in Seattle to learn how to do it. She failed.

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  6. sarah - yes world famous.

    lpc - yeah, it was pretty amazing watching him.

    linda - that's what i thought.

    joan - tres chic.

    ellen - dude, it is totally cool!

    claudia - yes, he is an arteest.

    paige - almost but not quite as they are delicious too.

    steve - making me laugh this morning.

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  7. I love this,,,,,,,anything can be made to be a thing of beauty!!

    Xo

    Jo

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  8. I always thought it was a toothpick or such too, how clever.

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  9. Such a cool post Janet. I'm so glad you had the chutzpah to go over to Brian with your camera. Hope the lens didn't fog up!

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  10. Never knew...I thought it was a toothpick too.

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  11. I still don't get how to do it, but I like it. Uh, huh. Uh, huh. Singing on your blog.

    xo Jane

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  12. My son has worked as a barista after doing a short course.
    He appreciates good coffee and will not abide bad beans.
    And he is pretty efficient with swirly patterns too. Takes a lot of practice.
    xx

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  13. Hi Janet,
    Don't you just love it when the food you love not only tastes good but looks so darn pretty?
    It adds a whole extra delicious flavor.
    X Trina

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  14. I was impressed that the design stayed as you drank. I saw a competition on the food network for this years ago. Amazing!

    Julie

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  15. Dear Janet, What a great guy to make it so beautiful for the enjoyment of his customers. That is going 'Above and Beyond', and it so wonderful to see. Hugs, Joyce

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  16. Dear Janet, When I was in Canberra, the cafe in the bottom of the building in which I worked had the ACT barrister of the year - it was such a pleasure walking up to my office, taking the lid off and having a perfect coffee. In Chile, it is often more miss than hit. I do love a pretty design on top - I always admire craftsmanship. Did you ask how he gets the milk glossy? Lovely post, thank you.

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  17. my grama soul - you are so, so right.

    kayce - well said.

    living near the sea - i guess i wasnt' the only one that thought that.

    fiona - brian loves talking coffee!

    londen - no toothpick!

    jane - focus!

    anne marie - so you can really appreciate this.

    trina - i love the presentation of food.

    julie - me too.

    joyce - he has pride in his craft for sure.

    linda - i just knew someone would ask this! to get the gloss he has to rotate the cup while it is in the frother. it's a perfect timing thing. btw, welcome.

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  18. so now I'll have to take the next two years practicing this technique - using this blog post as a guide.
    Thanks so much for following up.

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  19. Being a barista for 3 years(wow, I quit 2 months ago today)I definitely appreciate this blog entry - as much as I appreciate a soy latte. Mmm, the foam is so good!

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  20. mmw - instead of learning it i think i'll stick to just drinking them.

    karrina - are you missing the foam yet?

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  21. ... yes, coffe as art!!! The first time I saw this beautiful art was in New Zeland on 2006 and I too asked the boys and girls who made this everywhere how to do it, and it was not easy!!!

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  22. Dear Janet, Well, we all learn something new each day. I thought that the technique involved pouring the milk over some kind of stencil- now I know that it is all in the pouring. Java Art!

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