How To Pour A Latte Art Heart

 Last Updated August 21, 2020

In this guide you will learn how to make a latte art heart. So get ready to pour some love!

The latte art heart is a basic coffee design that forms the foundations for many advanced latte art techniques. Luckily, it’s a very easy design to learn and it always impresses customers and friends that receive it in their cup.


Prior Knowledge

How To Latte Art Heart

Below is my step-by-step guide on how to pour a coffee art heart. Make sure to also refer to my video above to follow along with the steps.

1. Rest The Spout

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

2. Lift and Suck The Milk Down

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 curve

3. Follow Through

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?

latte art heart

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.

About The Author 

Ivan Bez

Ivan is the founder of Latte Art Guide and a barista with 7+ years of experience. He loves coffee and aims to help people improve their coffee making skills.

  • 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:

    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:

    Re. the classes i’m from Melbourne, Australia so i’m not familiar with the latte art classes in SF. But coffee roasters and some “third wave” cafes tend to do classes. Have a google for “barista training” and see if you can find a half-day course that teaches latte art. For example here’s one I quickly found although I have no experience with:

    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.

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