latte-artIt isn’t that hard to be your very own personal barista. I came across a recipe the other day that I tried out. The results really amazed me. I couldn’t believe I made such an amazing drink myself. The Mrs is a sucker for a hot latte. So I wanted to show off my skills and surprise her with the best homemade latte that I could whip up.

I wanted to try out latte art. Once I mastered how to make perfectly brewed espressos, it was time to step up my game. Snapguide had a perfect stream of images that demonstrated how to make a nice heart shaped latte.

As usual, I ground my Italian roast and made a well balanced cup of espresso. I then frothed the milk using the milk frother on my espresso machine. Well, snapguide even had a guide for frothing milk that really came in handy.

I tilted the cup and started pulling/pouring the milk into the cup. I swirled it around to create ripples so my heart shape would be accentuated. When the cup was 3/4 full, I moved the milk pitcher closer to get the foam to rest on the surface of the latte. Finally I pulled a tail and the heart formed. Plot twist.. That only happened on my FOURTH attempt.

My first attempt failed miserably. The only form of art I got was a big blob of foam (it could have been a ball). The same happened on the second and third try. But on the fourth try, with a few flicks of the wrist, I created the perfect heart shape to serve the queen with. The smile on her face was well worth the effort I’d put in.

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