Latte art is becoming more and more popular, with delicious designs being served up in local coffee houses as well as gourmet restaurants and barista competitions that introduced this eye-catching coffee trend.
For those of you dying to hone your own latte art skills at home, KRUPS, the leading producer of coffee makers and kitchen appliances has put together a quick guide for amateur latte artists. All you need is a steady hand, some perfectly foamed milk, and of course, practice! And they’ve offered their KRUPS’ Guide to Latte Art as well as their Signature Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe below.
Step 1: Pour enough cold milk for one cup into the steaming pitcher. Steam milk with the wand deep in the pitcher, then directing the milk in a counterclockwise fashion until the liquid heats to 150⁰F. For a foolproof way to create a smooth, velvety milk, use KRUPS XL2000 Milk Frother, which makes rich, long lasting meringue-like milk at the touch of a button.
Step 2: Allow the milk to sit while you add one or two shots of freshly brewed espresso to a coffee mug – one with curved sides will work better than a squared off glass.
Step 3: Swirl the milk vigorously. If you see any bubbles, tap the pitcher on the counter several times and go back to swirling the milk for 20 to 30 seconds.
Step 4: Slowly start pouring the milk into the espresso. First in a circular pattern around the edge of the cup, slowly moving toward the center as the foam rises.
To create a leaf pattern: When your cup reaches half full, the foam will start to rise. Move your pitcher backwards as you pour while moving it from side to side using the motion of your hand to create a leaf pattern in the top of your latte. When you reach the end of the cup, pour a stream of milk right through the middle of your leaf pattern. Just be careful to use a small amount of milk so the design is not affected!
To create a heart pattern: Shake your hand as you would in making leaf. However, instead of moving backwards, keep your hand in the same general area, focusing on making a ringed circle.
Step 5: Enjoy!
And come on…we wouldn’t leave you hanging! Here’s a video on how it’s done:
And here is KRUPS’ signature recipe for their Pumpkin Spice Latte, pictured above.
- 2 fluid ounces espresso coffee
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin flavored syrup
- 1/2 cup milk, steamed
- 1/8 cup frothed milk
- 1 pinch pumpkin pie spice
- 1 pinch of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
- In a coffee mug, combine espresso coffee with flavored syrup. Pour in steamed milk and frothed milk and sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and vanilla powder.
Since 1846, the KRUPS name has been synonymous with bold designs, innovation, and the highest quality home appliances. The coffee revolution was born when KRUPS introduced the world’s first household electric coffee grinder 110 years later. With the very best all-in-house research and development, KRUPS has evolved beyond their world-renowned coffee and espresso machines to bring you sophisticated home appliances such tea kettles, blenders, panini grills and toasters and ovens that received Best Buy awards from Consumer Reports and Consumer Digest. KRUPS is also the first to offer coordinating styles to outfit your kitchen with matching designs.