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Learn Latte Art at Sensory Lab

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by Dayna Chu (subscribe)
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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.

All attendees receive 250g of take home coffee (Champion Blend), plus 15% off retail Hario products for any purchases after the class (products must be purchased on the same day).

At time of publication, classes are run Thursdays and Fridays at 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00 pm. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear, and tell them WeekendNotes sent you.


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Why? To learn something new, give a unique experience as a gift, or for a fun date night
When: Varies, check website or call to book
Phone: 9645 0065
email training@sensorylab.com.au
Where: Sensory Lab: 297 Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: Classes start at $60 per person, includes a 250g pkgs coffee beans to take home ~$15 value), and plenty of tastings if you're ready for a jolt (or you can taste and spit).
Your Comment
Great article. There are some free cupping sessions out there as well.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5531) 1780 days ago
Great idea for a weekend.
by H. Clare Callow (score: 2|109) 1732 days ago
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