How To Pour A Coffee Art Heart

Feel like serving up some love? Then this latte art is for you. The heart is the most basic coffee design and it forms the foundation for many advanced latte art techniques. Luckily, it’s very straight forward latte art that never ceases to impress customers.

Difficulty: ★★★★

Prior Knowledge Needed

Latte Art Process

(1) Rest the spout of your jug against your cup and then rock the jug side-to-side at a constant pase until an circle or apple shape starts to form. Seek to introduce the milk into the center of the cup while holding it on a slight tilt – I find this helps a bit.

(2) When your circle has formed, pull your jug directly up to create a thin steady stream of milk. This will create a suction that will arch the top of the circle in order to create the love heart curves.

(3) When the cup is almost full, keep the flow of milk steady and then follow-through the milk from one side of the cup to the other to create your coffee art heart. And you’re all done! Super simple wasn’t it?

Side note: In the video I did a double heart. Where I made one circle then another within it. You can make a heart like this too. However, begin with the basic one of making a single heart with just one circle.

  • Roseann Minafo

    I have been attempting latte art for 2 months, 3 machines and one burnt finger. I’ve gotten close, but no cigar. Do you know of any classes in SF or cafes I could visit for instruction? I have a Gaggia Classic, whole milk, 12 oz pitcher, perfect cup… Any advice is appreciated.

    • The trouble with the Gaggia Classic is that it come with an “assisted steam wand” (the plastic bit around the wand) ) instead of normal metal one. This makes it much much harder, although not impossible, to make good latte art. I recommend switching out the wand if latte art is your goal as it’ll allow you to make better milk, here’s a good video tutorial:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWoNXAq2Kus

      Also proper milk steaming technique is usually more important. As you have to texture the milk properly to be able to make latte art. I wrote a milk steaming guide you can check out for this: http://www.latteartguide.com/2013/02/steaming-milk_22.html.

      Hope I helped and don’t give up! It just takes time, practice and repetition. It took me 3 months to properly learn latte art but this was at a commercial cafe where I was making 300+ coffee dockets a day. You’re only making 2 or so coffees a day at home.

  • Head Barista Daneshgar

    Thanks for sharing this awesome Tutorial…
    I’m in practice for latte art Now. I’m also sharing my video on youtube.
    Please Visit my youtube channel :
    http://www.youtube.com/c/HeadBaristaDaneshgar https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fc421762ee6f5d60e3ab11c169df8ccfa66371868e2f565c870a6ddac44a7977.jpg

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