Hey coffee fans! The next time you grab a cup of Lowcountry Blend coffee at Sunoco, why don’t you do it in style by getting a little creative? Coffee art has become a creative phenomenon in the coffee industry where steamed milk and espresso are poured in a particular design. This design can be embellished by simply “drawing” on a layer of foam.
In fact, there are several competitions, like the World Latte Art Championship, that showcase this unique art form around the world. This year, the championship will take place in South Korea where baristas from all over the globe create two identical samples of “art in a cup” for three different beverages.
There are two main types of coffee art free pouring (pattern created during a pour) and etching (using a tool to create a pattern). Free pouring is one of the most common coffee art designs used in the United States. The two most common forms of poured latte art are a heart shape and the “rosetta,” also known as a flower.
To create a heart shaped pattern, pour milk about an inch away from the bottom. Once the cup is half filled, gently shake the pitcher back and forth while keeping your hand in the same general area, focusing on making a ringed circle.
For more coffee art techniques, check out the coffee art tutorials below!