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Published July 10th 2014
Espresso as your ink and milk as your canvas
I knew Todd was serious about coffee when he suggested that I spit my coffee out after tasting it rather than drinking decaffeinated. What can I say, it was seven at night (I spat).
Register for a latte art class at Sensory Lab, and you'll get more than you bargained for. Todd walked us through some of the basics of coffee, from the berries, to roasting, to the importance of milk quality. Pulling a good shot is an art in itself, and the creme that forms on top of the espresso provides the "ink" for your "canvas", or the canvas for your ink, depending on what you are creating.
For beginners to pro baristas, these classes are designed to take your milk texturing and latte art to the next level. My husband and I have a latte a day, using a home machine (Breville), with a decent steamer and built-in grinder. We have a solid appreciation for good coffee. We know to use quality beans and good milk, and my husband has had a hankering to perfect the art of latte art.
At $60 per person for a 45 minute class, we were impressed. Todd, our trainer, was generous with his time and knowledge of the importance of the various keys to great latte art, including pulling a great shot, using good quality, freshly ground beans, and having the right proportion of foam-to-milk to produce just the right Fleur-de-lis.