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Pour the perfect latte

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The Essentials

Here's what you need before you get brewing.

Espresso machine

Coffee Grinder

Scale

Timer

Tamper & Tampingmat

Knockbox

Brush

2 Pitchers

4 Cloths

1 for portafilter, 1 for driptray, 1 for countertop, 1 for steamwand

Cups/glasses, saucers & spoons

Coffee

Plant-based drink of choice

Latte

Step 1

  • Fill pitcher up to the base of the spout.

  • Brew your espresso(s).

  • Purge your steam wand.

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Step 2

  • 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.

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Step 3

  • 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.

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"Accidentally created too much foam? Just pour a little of the excess out of the pitcher before you start pouring your latte."

Chiara Bergonzi

Chiara Bergonzi

Milan, Italy

Barista Notes

Before pouring patterns, start with a little pitcher practice. Pour a 'brown' and a 'white' cappuccino and build up your control – and confidence!

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