The Art of the Pour

While this particular brand of art is not something we offer at Simply Grand Café — we focus on marvelous fresh food at an affordable price, and leave the lattes to others — we do appreciate the creative impulse at play here. We have all seen these caffeinated designs at one time or another. Flowers. Smiling faces. Swirls. The face of Shaquille O’Neal.

Business Insider has compiled some of the most extravagant artistic creations in this field. One that jumps out is Zach Yonzon’s portrait of boxing champion Manny Pacquiao.

One barista from Melbourne, Australia, Noah Lautman-Wurt, has created a popular Instagram account based on his richly detailed latte pours, called “Free Pour Art.”

How do baristas create these drawings? What is the secret behind these milk-froth Matisses?

Thankfully, WikiHow has crafted a tutorial page called “Make Latte Art,” and it delivers step-by-step guides to Making Perfect Foam and then drawing with it:

  1. Pour cold milk into a chilled pitcher
  2. Purge the steam wand and insert it into the milk pitcher
  3. Heat the milk until it reaches 140 to 145 degrees Fahrenheit
  4. Turn off the steam wand and tap the milk
  5. Clean the steam wand
  6. Dose and tamp the espresso
  7. Pull the shot (of espress)
  8. Use the espresso right away to keep the crema on top
  9. Pour some of the milk into the espresso
  10. Bring the pitcher close to the cup
  11. Create a design with your pour

There are luscious, closely-shot videos in which they create rosettas, tulips, etchings, stencil art with cocoa powder, and more.

Creating latte art can be addictive. As it not recommended to consume that many coffee drinks in rapid succession, we recommend that you invite many friends over to sample your aesthetic wares. Then, head over to our Café in Cincinnati for breakfast or lunch during the week, conveniently located right across the street from The Great American Ballpark!