Pour the perfect latte
Smooth as silk, ready to create. Find out how to pour the perfect latte every time. Busy, busy but got a few seconds to spare? Take a look at the quick and instant version. Want to take it slower? Check out the step by step scenes and we'll take you through it one expert move at a time. Watch, skip, repeat, go pour!
- Plant-based drink of choice
- Espresso machine
- Coffee Grinder
- Tamper & Tampingmat
- 2 Pitchers
- 4 Cloths
- Cups/glasses, saucers & spoons
The method: in 3 simple steps
Fill pitcher up to the base of the spout.
Brew your espresso(s).
Purge your steam wand.
Hold the tip of the steam wand just under the surface of the drink and start steaming.
Create a vortex by holding the steam wand 1cm from the edge. You should hear a whispering sound. This phase is called ‘stretching’. Lower your steam wand into the pitcher to keep this phase short and avoid too much foam from forming.
When the drink reaches body temperature, ensure the steam wand remains under the surface whilst maintaining the vortex.
Close the steam wand when you reach 65ºC (or 60ºC for almond).
Wipe and purge the wand.
Waltz your jug until the drink has a glossy surface and the foamy and liquid parts are properly mixed.
Split the contents of the jug in two, if you’re pouring more than one latte.
Tilt the cup and pour in the middle of the espresso, slowly straightening the cup while filling it up.
"Accidentally created too much foam? Just pour a little of the excess out of the pitcher before you start pouring your latte."
Before pouring patterns, start with a little pitcher practice. Pour a 'brown' and a 'white' cappuccino and build up your control – and confidence!
Mastered that one? Of course you have. So move on the next masterclass.