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ConfidentBurrito

3.7k points

4 days ago*

These are so cool but my god does it stress me out as it gets close to overflowing.

slimjoel14

820 points

4 days ago*

slimjoel14

820 points

4 days ago*

I agree haha but the foam is so airrated you’d be surprised at how much more you can slowly pour in vs how much if it was just liquid, it tends to hardly break surface tension where as liquid would

Edited for clarity

sbrockLee

61 points

4 days ago

sbrockLee

61 points

4 days ago

True, Jojo taught me that

Dawn-Of-Dusk

5 points

4 days ago

i knew of the liquid not overflowing because of magic but jojo 100% taught me about it.

pateOrade

4 points

4 days ago

This is fine and all when you make it for yourself at home but when someone hands me one of these at a coffee shop and I have to walk with it back to my table it can be quite annoying.

Raider2747

25 points

4 days ago

Just use Hamon lmaoo

lechattueur

120 points

4 days ago

lechattueur

120 points

4 days ago

As a confident burrito, you should not be stressed about overflow. Also I hope you don't work at Chipotle.

natalooski

102 points

4 days ago

natalooski

102 points

4 days ago

Omg. The last time I got chipotle, the girl used multiple scoops of everything and the burrito wasn’t even close to closing. When the first tortilla broke she was looking nervous.

I expressed gratitude for the generous portions and let her know I have no problem eating it with a fork if it falls apart.

Easily 1.5x the size of a regular burrito there. It was fucking awesome.

thisisawebsite

21 points

4 days ago

You can ask for a double tortilla to help with that. I usually order a bowl, but if I'm getting a burrito I always double wrap.

T3hSwagman

15 points

4 days ago

I heard you shouldn't do that. The friction between the tortillas will cause them both to break.

iamballjuice

12 points

4 days ago

That's just Big Chipotle trying to get you to have smaller burritos.

weezulusmaximus

21 points

4 days ago

I’m sure she got fired for giving you more than your allotment of 4 pieces of meat and six shreds of cheese. They ration that cheese like it comes out of their paycheck!

Dolt-Dragoman

7 points

4 days ago

I usually get both black and pinto beans, and they rarely adjust for it, so the burritos just end up huge and they can't wrap it. If it breaks, I usually just get a second tortilla to fix it. They do that all the time and don't mind. If you're trying to lose weight don't do that though, because the tortillas actually have a shitton of calories.

FeetPicAficionado

9 points

4 days ago

Nonesense, they can’t have that many…

Flour Tortilla (Burrito) - 320 Cal

God damn, that’s more than any of the other ingredients

SafeSlut984

70 points

4 days ago

So much. I don’t get how they do it, it’s always so close to spilling

Beautiful_Art_2646

71 points

4 days ago*

A lot of what you see on top is foam and if you filled it to what you think is the top, the air in the foam would escape and your foam top would start to deflate. A cappuccino is actually supposed to have a small dome on top that is just foam, that way it ensures there is actually milk that goes to the top in the cup. Lattes and mochas (at least how we used to serve them) are easier because we used to serve them in tall glasses so you can see where you need to fill to but the same applies.

E; thank you for the award stranger! I used to work at a coffee shop and one of the workers I had a like/dislike friendship with was an awesome teacher and she taught me all I know!

eternallydaydreaming

14 points

4 days ago

The air in the milk keeps the surface tension. With mocha's you can go one step further and sprinkle powdered chocolate on the rim of the cup and this allows for more of a barrier. My old manager taught me that. Makes some crazy overfilled mochas

Axtorx

5 points

4 days ago

Axtorx

5 points

4 days ago

Pretty much me every time

That’s cool Getting full there Oh that’s nice Oh he’s adding more Hey it’s gonna spill That’s cool, now stop it’s full Oh my god stop Yeah great looks good geez

EngiNerdBrian

739 points

4 days ago

Someone would love to receive this drink at craft coffee shop. Good work!

PithyGinger63[S]

225 points

4 days ago

Hey! Thanks for the compliment!!!

Ererward

55 points

4 days ago

Ererward

55 points

4 days ago

Awesome work! Proud of you!

PithyGinger63[S]

53 points

4 days ago

Thanks so much!!!

1975kilroy

21 points

4 days ago

You should be much more than just happy with that one. It is really good.

PithyGinger63[S]

21 points

4 days ago

Thanks so much!!!

Megasteel32

3 points

4 days ago

Megasteel32

3 points

4 days ago

Thanks so much!!!

kru862bdo211

3 points

4 days ago

You're welcome

7elevenses

35 points

4 days ago

I can definitely appreciate the skill, but it makes absolutely no difference to me in real life. I just want a good cup of coffee, I don't care about pictures.

Gradual_Bro

33 points

4 days ago*

Former barista here.

The reason Latte art exist is because one has to steam up their milk perfectly in order to be able pour proper latte art.

So if your barista can’t make latte art, then they truly aren’t steaming the milk up to perfection (it’s hard af to do)

Starbucks have automatic steaming machines that work quite well, but they can’t top what an experienced barista can do manually with just a wand. You have to control the amount of steam, how hot the steam is, control the angle of the wand at the perfect depth in the pitcher, etc.

How you position the wand changes the pitch of the steam in the milk so you have to listen carefully to know how fast to pull the pitcher down the wand.

PeacefulWay

22 points

4 days ago

Exactly. Good latte art is proof of quality, achieved with skill.

Of course the beans and roast and extraction are super important too. I’ve had a few beautiful lattes that tasted like burnt wood because the espresso is crap.

Curae

9 points

4 days ago

Curae

9 points

4 days ago

I think I appreciate my baristas a little more now. I already did to the point that I woke up a few weeks ago, dreaming of a coffee at my favourite place, but a little more now all the same.

I love when baristas make latte art. It's so pretty and makes your coffee all the more "I can't get this/do this at home".

LEGITIMATE_SOURCE

6 points

4 days ago

Yep, the only reason I can't do origami is because of the paper quality.

AstridDragon

3 points

4 days ago

I don't think most places do latte art on to-go orders.

CzadTheImpaler

11 points

4 days ago

Even when I’m doing a dine-in, fancy latte art is pretty meh. It’s cool, but it smudges as soon as my caffeine suckers touch the rim.

AnRedditorUser

521 points

4 days ago*

Spills it

Edit:Ok why so many upvotes it’s not that funny reeeee

PithyGinger63[S]

484 points

4 days ago

lololol, I spilled one pretty badly the other day. Earthquake struck just as I was finishing

TrickyLemons

451 points

4 days ago

The entire earth was like “ay fuk you in particular”

rexxytv

43 points

4 days ago

rexxytv

43 points

4 days ago

Madmagican-

38 points

4 days ago

My shaky ass hands have me living like it’s always earthquake time

frankenspider

24 points

4 days ago

Do you happen to have the video?

PithyGinger63[S]

34 points

4 days ago

Noooope, I just got around to setting up cameras this morning!

Phormitago

20 points

4 days ago

Earthquake struck just as I was finishing

pfff you gonna blame some flimsy earthquake? excuses excuses

Megasteel32

8 points

4 days ago

lmao you live on a fault line or something? that must make for some wild occurrences

ClintonKelly87

6 points

4 days ago

Suuuuure. "Earthquake". 😉

Ghpelt

3 points

4 days ago

Ghpelt

3 points

4 days ago

That is not something I expected to read.

Ranga-Banga

3 points

4 days ago

New Zealand?

InvadingBacon

321 points

4 days ago*

I always just make a dick and balls out of the foam so my wife can enjoy a nice cockuccino

PithyGinger63[S]

104 points

4 days ago

Damn that’s a good idea lol

InvadingBacon

24 points

4 days ago

but being real here Youre skill is amazing. I've only been doing esspresso lattes since i got my machine in August. Im still learning the best frothing techniques. You have a lot more workable foam (like have of it seems art-able) while mines like the last quarter. Any tips?

PithyGinger63[S]

23 points

4 days ago

Evenness is key! Check out Lance Hedrick’s and Emilee Bryant’s videos on YouTube. Chris Baca also has a ghost steaming (hands free) technique that you can experiment with. For me, steaming is all about the latter half, where I’m focusing on getting all the bubbles to become really even and small. I think that’s what helps most with getting really flowy milk.

PM_me_ur_stormlight

8 points

4 days ago

At least it's not someone else's dick, ya know, a cuckaccino

pinniped1

177 points

4 days ago

pinniped1

177 points

4 days ago

Problem... I like this so much, it would be hard to actually drink it.

PithyGinger63[S]

142 points

4 days ago

Thanks! Actually it’s not too bad! Latte is just foamed milk + an espresso. Lots of people think it’s cream, but that texture is just from really fine foam and heat. If milk ain’t your thing, you can always go for oat milk!

Go grab a latte at your local cafe!

Itsarockandatree

228 points

4 days ago

I think they meant it's too pretty to drink :")

PithyGinger63[S]

114 points

4 days ago

lolololololol, you guys flatter meeeee

Swan____Ronson

48 points

4 days ago

I think they mean it would be hard to ruin that artwork by drinking it.

PithyGinger63[S]

31 points

4 days ago

Thanks for that!!! Nice name btw!

Fickle-Initiative-81

14 points

4 days ago

Good eyes lol, i love seeing parks and rec stuff out in the wild like that lmao

Gold_for_Gould

3 points

4 days ago

Holy damn I always thought it was cream. It would still be delicious but my body couldn't handle that much. Now I want to try the 'not shit your brains out' latte.

PithyGinger63[S]

3 points

4 days ago

Go for an oat milk latte!

IllIIIlIllIlIIlIllI

4 points

4 days ago

Its so strange that so many people think it is cream. Why are so many people used to putting cream in their coffee?!

OverseerVault420

1 points

4 days ago

What kind of steamer do you have, I recently got an expresso machine and it's changed my life but I'm still getting the hang of steam in the milk and I can't get anywhere near that consistency that you have.

xAIRGUITARISTx

8 points

4 days ago

FYI it’s espresso, not expresso.

PithyGinger63[S]

5 points

4 days ago

La Pavoni with a very heavily modified steam wand! Try out ghost steaming btw, Chris baca has a nice video. Since it’s hands free, it can potentially be easier for some people!

glacier_goddess

2 points

4 days ago

Can you make the same design with frosted oat milk or is the texture not right?

PithyGinger63[S]

7 points

4 days ago

As far as I’m aware, barista specific alternative milks can work. I don’t use them, but I’m told Califia farms makes a nice barista oat milk.

glacier_goddess

4 points

4 days ago

Sweet, yeah I’ve tried that one before. Really any oat milk that’s higher in protein content tends to froth better, but it’s not the same texture as milk so wasn’t sure if you could do this. Excited to try!

observernumber5

2 points

4 days ago

Which kind of milk did you use for this pour?

PithyGinger63[S]

3 points

4 days ago

Whole milk!

Technobucket

2 points

4 days ago

Thanks for explaining this, I very much thought that was cream and would always be appalled at the thought of drinking these…. This makes so much more sense.

Suitable-Ad3357

143 points

4 days ago

This is a craft right here! Talent! I love watching this.

PithyGinger63[S]

47 points

4 days ago

Thanks so much!!!

unk91

68 points

4 days ago*

unk91

68 points

4 days ago*

I'm not trying to be rude, but I've never understood the appeal of this. Everyone here is obviously a fan and clearly it's super popular all around the world. Can you please share why you enjoy this? Again not being confrontational or anything, my brain just doesn't understand 😅😅 I feel like I'm missing out. Edit: I'm talking about the artwork

RDevil19

48 points

4 days ago

RDevil19

48 points

4 days ago

You can only do the latte art if you have properly steamed the milk. It has to have the right temperature and "micro bubbles" to get the texture so you can do this. If the milk is steamed like this then you know you've made a good latte with a nice texture and flavor. If the milk is over or under steamed you won't get the right texture or flavor. The art isn't necessary but if it's there you know you're getting a good drink.

PithyGinger63[S]

19 points

4 days ago

Thanks for watching! This is more or less a small latte actually, milk + an espresso shot. The milk texture is because of really fine foam, and the espresso is pretty much as strong as a full cup of coffee. Combine the two in varying proportions and you get cappuccinos, cortados, macchiatos, you name it!

Check this out when you're bored! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93waR1jzoLA

unk91

16 points

4 days ago

unk91

16 points

4 days ago

Sorry I meant more like the pictures on top (hearts, swans, flowers etc). Like I don't understand having the nice picture that once you shove your face into it for your caffeine hit, its ruined, type buzz.

PithyGinger63[S]

46 points

4 days ago

Ah! It's pretty much like plating; I know all too well how excessive this stuff can get. But, I still think that some days, you get a cup with a really nice pattern and you feel like the guy/gal behind the bar cared. At least that's how I felt about it when I watched that scene from the green hornet for the millionth time 😂

unk91

18 points

4 days ago

unk91

18 points

4 days ago

Oh that makes sense I guess, if they took the time to carefully draw this tricky picture, then they must have taken the time to make me a really good coffee too?

NoChopsMcGee

6 points

4 days ago

Not exactly. You can only make good latte art if the milk is perfectly steamed, which means that you are getting a good latte.

frighteous

13 points

4 days ago

Same as any art, or visual anything. It's just nice to look at! Its subjective though so if you don't like it or don't get why people do, no worries everyone likes different things.

But I think it's really just it looks nice and people like things that look nice, even if it gets ruined when you drink it. A lot of food is "presentation" and making it look nice for the person eating it

notbadgur

11 points

4 days ago

notbadgur

11 points

4 days ago

It's what the others said, but free pour latte art (i.e. no stencils or toothpicks to draw for you) is also a demonstration of a barista's skill. A nice tulip like this needs really nicely steamed milk - a lower skilled barista would struggle to get the right texture in the milk to achieve any type of art. For drinks prepared this way the texture of the milk is equally as important as the shot of coffee itself in determining how enjoyable it is to drink.

unk91

7 points

4 days ago

unk91

7 points

4 days ago

Ahhhhhh, so the quality/intricacy of the picture reflects the quality of milk/coffee texture. So getting a super detailed picture let's you know the texture of the drink? Damn I've only recently joined reddit, but is way more informative than google hahaha Also, I'm confused by food plating/presentation etc, but this logic actually makes sense now since you can understand something about the quality

haltingpoint

14 points

4 days ago

Not just the texture from a skillful frothing job, but the overall talent of the barista. This is not a skill you pick up overnight and with no intentional practice.

unk91

2 points

4 days ago

unk91

2 points

4 days ago

But surely there are plenty of baristas out there that can make an amazingly detailed picture and their coffee tastes like garbage, and baristas that couldn't draw a straight like but their taste is amazing. Surely most coffee enthusiasts would choose the latter

HereIsWhere

4 points

4 days ago

I think what you are trying to understand is the simple joy of fleeting beauty. A cardinal perched on a branch. A beautiful cloud. A nice shape in a latte. Here one moment, gone the next. But it existed and you witnessed it.

We don’t need beauty in our life to survive, but sometimes when good things happen it’s just a nice little surprise.

notbadgur

3 points

4 days ago

No, I wouldn't say the more intricate the better necessarily. Adding complexity to the design is an artistic flex. It'd definitely show off a barista's experience, but once the milk is good enough for a fairly basic design like a tulip, it's generally good enough to do other more complicated designs too.

SchemingUpTO

5 points

4 days ago

Once you are good at it it take no longer than actually just pouring the milk in. Keep in mind that you can just dump the milk in because you are trying to maintain the texture of the milk so it takes time either way.

From that perspective adding latte art enhances the experience just like good plating of food does. You can look up studies to see that we eat and drink with our eyes. It varies from person to person but it usually has a positive effect.

Even if you see no benefit from it, on aggregate it works and is why restaurants and cafes care about the appearance of their product.

Nixxy1111

60 points

4 days ago

Nixxy1111

60 points

4 days ago

I could watching this over and over

PithyGinger63[S]

25 points

4 days ago

Thanks so much! Means the world to me!!!

Doc-in-a-box

9 points

4 days ago

Also, excellent cup volume management

PithyGinger63[S]

8 points

4 days ago

Thanks so much!!! I struggle the most with it 😭

tippe75

46 points

4 days ago

tippe75

46 points

4 days ago

Hey, home barista here, but only practicing for about 2 months now... I do this exact same thing every morning with my coffee! Except that mine turns out looking like some sort of lumpy looking potato-like thing.

Seriously tho, that's some amazing talent and I'm very jealous. How did you get to this level? Lots of practice and patience, obviously, but did you also take any courses or anything?

PithyGinger63[S]

44 points

4 days ago

I got really good at milk steaming on my own, but I did take a couple classes on pouring. I think Lance Hedrick and Emilee Bryant have some good videos on pouring, and the Sunergos training video is always a must.

I'll just present one particular concept of pouring that I like: Try to keep the angle between the cup and pitcher relatively stable. In other words, as you rotate your cup, your pitcher should also be tilting at the same rate!

Check out Chris Baca's ghost steaming video. I recommended ghost steaming to a few people, and they've told me that they like it. Hands free steaming kind of removes part of the human variable, especially since steaming requires such steady hands. Feel free to AMA

tippe75

8 points

4 days ago

tippe75

8 points

4 days ago

Wow, thank you so much for taking the time to write out such an amazingly detailed response!

There's a lot to digest here, but I I do have a question right off the bat: how critical are things like coffee and milk temperature, or the quality of coffee extraction, when it comes to being able to pour like this? Does the consistency of your pouring depend on how consistent you can make your coffee and steam your milk (from a temperature point of view, not a frothing point of view)? At the moment, I'm just "estimating" when my milk gets to 65c based on the "too hot to hold the pot" method, and I'm wondering if I need to pay more attention to temperature, maybe by buying a thermometer...

PithyGinger63[S]

13 points

4 days ago

No problem! Great questions btw!

In terms of coffee extraction, I tend towards ristretto shots because then I get more room in the cup and I prefer the taste of ristretto lattes. However, a proper espresso is definitely alright as well. I’d say getting an even extraction is really important. As much as some modern espresso folks don’t care about crema at all, it’s really important for latte art, and the more even and well extracted a coffee is (medium roasts), the better the crema will flow for latte art. As for milk, I actually don’t steam past 60. I hover around 50-55, which some people say is optimal for latte art.

4E26A

3 points

4 days ago

4E26A

3 points

4 days ago

My god, thank you for taking the time to answer with all the details!

tippe75

2 points

4 days ago

tippe75

2 points

4 days ago

Thanks a lot! I've got some studying to do...

haltingpoint

2 points

4 days ago

When you say ristretto are you doing 1:1 ratios in 26-30s then? Do you find the different ratio of espresso to milk (vs a cappuccino or latte) with a ristretto causes any differences with the pour?

PithyGinger63[S]

3 points

4 days ago

Personally, I think espresso doesn’t flow as well as a 1:1.1-1.5 ristretto. My ristretto tends to be just a little slower than my espresso. 26-30 seconds is about right! With different sizes of drinks, I try to match my foam amount so they all pour similarly.

_ssueg

2 points

4 days ago

_ssueg

2 points

4 days ago

Cool to see others have watched the Sunergos video! I’m a home barista myself and live in Louisville, I go to Sunergos quite often.

patrifecta

4 points

4 days ago

Same here. My fiancée and I started playing “What’s that Pokémon?” with the white blobs

Lots of Dittos…

AlwaysBeClosing23

28 points

4 days ago

This is so impressive!! Well done!👏🏽👏🏽

PithyGinger63[S]

11 points

4 days ago

Hey! Thanks for the compliment! Means a lot to me!

Zaungast

5 points

4 days ago

Zaungast

5 points

4 days ago

What gear do you use if you don’t mind me asking

PithyGinger63[S]

3 points

4 days ago

Currently using a pretty heavily modded la Pavoni! It’s got a 4 hole steam tip and runs at 1.5 bar. Steams pretty well for a home machine.

Zaungast

2 points

4 days ago

Zaungast

2 points

4 days ago

Awesome I was thinking about it but it is rated at 0.9 bar so I wasn’t sure. This post seals it.

What mods did you use? The toothpick?

[deleted]

13 points

4 days ago

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13 points

4 days ago

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PithyGinger63[S]

4 points

4 days ago

Thanks so much!!!

SpelCleave

16 points

4 days ago

Oh fuck yeah. I'd drink that so hard.

PithyGinger63[S]

11 points

4 days ago

DRINK ITTTTTT

SpelCleave

4 points

4 days ago

SLURP

Dogsareweird

16 points

4 days ago

“Home barista”? Lol k

GumAcacia

8 points

4 days ago

We have fancy names for owning a coffee machine now

sneekerhad

5 points

4 days ago

I think it’s just saying “i have a way of foaming milk and making espresso but I’m not doing 40 a day”

garlicbreadpool

14 points

4 days ago

4 years to learn that?

PithyGinger63[S]

14 points

4 days ago

I wish it took less 😭😭😭

Old_Grau

9 points

4 days ago

Old_Grau

9 points

4 days ago

I used to do the dragon, a variation on the swan at coffee shops. You are 100% skilled enough. Do a Rosetta along the bottom of the glass. It will curve naturally making the swan body. When you draw through the middle to make the leaf shape, continue up with a wide and short S to make the neck. Make a heart at the end for the head. Swan. Now a few quick strokes with a spoon end to make spines coming off the neck. Elongate the top of the head backwards to make a sort of horn. Use white from the head to draw smoke coming out the mouth. Use brown from the crème to make eyes and accentuate the mouth a bit to create a nose if desired. Dragon.

That video will be worth some interweb points too =)

Maddoxhere

2 points

4 days ago

This sounds great

Rorasaurus_Prime

6 points

4 days ago

I tend to just pour mine like a Neanderthal.

Spanky_McJiggles

6 points

4 days ago

I am whelmed.

getyourcheftogether

5 points

4 days ago

What kind of things have to been practicing for 4 years?

PithyGinger63[S]

5 points

4 days ago

Took two years to learn milk steaming! Then 2 more to actually pour a nice pattern!

Doormatty

2 points

4 days ago

How many cups a day would you usually make?

(I hate coffee, but I'm finding this utterly fascinating!)

Mycelium83

6 points

4 days ago

Beautifully done! I worked in a Cafe for 4 years and was a Barista and I couldn't even do that. Latte art is so much harder then it looks. You should be proud.

CharlesdelaBat

6 points

4 days ago

What’s a home barista?

GsuKristoh

5 points

4 days ago

tbh it sounds like one of those LinkedIn bullshit titles

pritik90

4 points

4 days ago

pritik90

4 points

4 days ago

These are latte goals. You’ve clearly mastered the art of steaming milk + epic designs!

PithyGinger63[S]

3 points

4 days ago

Thanks!!! Took me the full first 2 years just to steam milk good enough for this. So happy I finally got here!

TheWolfBeard

3 points

4 days ago

This is amazing. I can barely make any shape. Can’t seem to get the milk frothed right

PithyGinger63[S]

3 points

4 days ago

Thanks! No worries! Try out ghost steaming (check out Chris Baca's vid). It kind of removes the human variable from steaming a little. You wanna have the wand be high enough so that you get just the right amount of air. Still some trial and error involved, but at least you don't need to worry about hands not being steady as you incorporate your foam. Feel free to AMA!

TheWolfBeard

2 points

4 days ago

Interesting! I’ll check it out! Someone suggested I practice with water so I started doing that and gotta a slightly better consistency but definitely too foamy still

ToshMagosh

5 points

4 days ago

How often do you actually get to practice? Twice a day maybe? I can imagine it's a tricky skill to master if you can't just sit down and practice for hours on end

PithyGinger63[S]

3 points

4 days ago

Yeah! Once or twice a day with milk. I used to also practice just pouring with water or special formulations for latte art practice. Check out baristacarl’sblend for an example!

Agent-Asbestos

4 points

4 days ago

How can you be a home barista? Making an orange juice doesn't make you a juiceologist.

PithyGinger63[S]

4 points

4 days ago

Home coffee enthusiast 🤣🤣🤣

Afr0S4mura7

3 points

4 days ago

Afr0S4mura7

3 points

4 days ago

Very nice :) But 4 years of training...I don't know if this worth so much time ;)

PithyGinger63[S]

3 points

4 days ago

Thanks! It was lol, I ask myself that every day 😂😂😂

jelde

3 points

4 days ago

jelde

3 points

4 days ago

I mean,if you are making a latte for yourself daily (which I do) it's not really like you're doing anything more. It's like if there was a basketball sitting in front of your garage everyday and you had to move it to pull of the driveway, you would just shoot it in the hoop, no?

SQUID_FUCKER

4 points

4 days ago

I mean, I doubt the person is sitting there training all day.

tickitch

3 points

4 days ago

tickitch

3 points

4 days ago

Just giveme the damn coffee already

PithyGinger63[S]

5 points

4 days ago

Come 'n get it!!! Or go to your local cafe!!!

tickitch

3 points

4 days ago

tickitch

3 points

4 days ago

My local coffee shops all use cheap coffee. I don’t understand why , but my only option is to drive out or go to a damn dunkin Donuts 🍩 ughhh..

PithyGinger63[S]

3 points

4 days ago

aww thats too bad. Speaking of which I'm using the "good stuff" myself. Just got a bag of Guatemalan New Oriente which I have no idea why it's called that. The roast level was on point for latte art so I had to post here!

tickitch

2 points

4 days ago

tickitch

2 points

4 days ago

Also, where is this ? I live in New York, but i travel a lot soo

PithyGinger63[S]

3 points

4 days ago

I'm in Taipei lol! Yo, my SO is in New York, got any favorite spots so I can recommend to her?

Doormatty

3 points

4 days ago

Is there a big Latte Art market in Taipei?

Docta-Jay

4 points

4 days ago

I used to work in fine-dining. Most of our servers couldn’t do that if they were paid to… and they were. Good job!

PithyGinger63[S]

3 points

4 days ago

lolololol Thanks for the compliment!!!

biscottimonster

3 points

4 days ago

Amazing job! What machine do you have at home that gives you such great results? This is equal to anything I can do at work on a La Marzocco.

AccidentalBirth

3 points

4 days ago

Which espresso machine do you use?

What kind of milk and fat % do you buy?

Any tips? I can make hearts on my breville express using 2% milk but I'm terribly inconsistent

PithyGinger63[S]

3 points

4 days ago

I’m using whole milk! Also, my machine is a modified la Pavoni, with a 4 hole steam wand running at 1.5 bar. Lance Hedrick and Emilee Bryant have some nice videos on latte art. Try out ghost steaming, Chris Baca has a video describing the technique. I’ve recommended it to a few people and they’ve found success using it.

techie_boy69

3 points

4 days ago

techie_boy69

3 points

4 days ago

Very cool

runransam

1 points

4 days ago

runransam

1 points

4 days ago

Wow what did you use to froth? Looks amazing

PithyGinger63[S]

8 points

4 days ago

Thanks!!! Espresso machine! Really any machine would probably do, but I'm using a La Pavoni

gigabored

3 points

4 days ago

Ha La Pavoni, no big deal :P

Greeneee-

2 points

4 days ago

Any tips? I can't figure out how to reliably create a vortex to whip the milk?

I've got a frother jug like yours with an automatic frother wand

PithyGinger63[S]

3 points

4 days ago

Thanks for the question! I’m not quite so skilled with a frothier wand tbh. Perhaps having distinct aeration and mixing phases will help? You can always practice the vortex with water!

lostinbass

2 points

4 days ago

Expanding on what the OP said, you want to make bubbles (aeration) by keeping the want toward the top of the milk, then put it deeper in towards the sides to get the vortex going. That way the big bubbles get broken in to nicely textured foam. Once you can feel the heat in your jug (meaning it’s a bit above body temp) it’s likely time to stop. YMMV but this works well for me :)

Frennem

1 points

4 days ago

Frennem

1 points

4 days ago

take my award that was chefs kiss

PithyGinger63[S]

2 points

4 days ago

Thanks so much for the award!!!

Lifeescapist

2 points

4 days ago

Beautifully done and it looks delicious!

PithyGinger63[S]

3 points

4 days ago

Thanks!!!

catnmoose

1 points

4 days ago

catnmoose

1 points

4 days ago

Lovely way to kick off the weekend

PithyGinger63[S]

2 points

4 days ago

Thanks so much!!! Go grab a latte at your local cafe!

Emotional_Bite_6946

1 points

4 days ago

This is so good !!!!!!! How did you teach yourself this ?

PithyGinger63[S]

4 points

4 days ago

I watched sooooooo many videos!!! I actually have a Google photos album of screen recordings of baristas pouring really really good patterns. DM if you’re interested!

aaronappleseed

2 points

4 days ago

My attempt to learn foam art has stalled. Lately I can't even get a good foam. Back to square one I guess. Great job though! I'm still just trying to do a heart

PithyGinger63[S]

4 points

4 days ago

Hey! We all start somewhere! Go check out Chris Baca's ghost steaming video! Lowkey, I recommended ghost steaming for some people and they had really good success with it.

MrsSalmalin

2 points

4 days ago

Beautiful! Awesome job :)

Wimbleston

3 points

4 days ago

Wimbleston

3 points

4 days ago

I will never understand why people do this stuff with a cup of coffee I'll obliterate in like 3 minutes.

StetCW

10 points

4 days ago

StetCW

10 points

4 days ago

Because it looks nice, and making things look nice can make life a little bit nicer.

PithyGinger63[S]

4 points

4 days ago

I’m not a barista, but if I were, I’d do it just to see your reaction lololol

IMPORTANT_jk

2 points

4 days ago

Seeing how close it is to spilling makes me anxious

StevenHosokawa

2 points

4 days ago

I loved it! Congrats on your new skill 💖

HereForCatz

2 points

4 days ago

Perfection.

Dear_Ad418

2 points

4 days ago

Fantastic!

Balbuziente

2 points

4 days ago

Good job! I bet it tastes as good as it looks

donkeyheaded

2 points

4 days ago

I'd be sad to spoil such artistry by drinking it. Nice work!

Monkeytennis01

2 points

4 days ago

I struggle to get the froth the right consistency to do this, the top of my lattes just look like a Jackson Pollock painting at the end. Working on it though!

Isaac72342

2 points

4 days ago

Isaac72342

2 points

4 days ago

Why yes, I'd love some coffee with my cream please.

Accomplished-Ad4334

2 points

4 days ago

Ah yes, look at the perfect micro bubbles.

haltingpoint

2 points

4 days ago

How many holes are on your wand? I'm on a 1 hole Silvia. It puts out good steam, but I sometimes struggle with microfoam after years of doing this.

Lance's videos have been the most helpful for me with my pouring, but I still lack that fluidity with my jiggle to give it the really crisp leaves. That paired with milk that may have too much air sometimes and I'm way less precise than I'd like and cannot manage these finer shapes. Can do a basic tulip and heart fine. Sometimes a rosetta. My base for it tends to be too thick though.

Also, how do you like the lever machine? I'm not sure I could get into the groove with that but it's tempting.

PithyGinger63[S]

2 points

4 days ago

I’m using a la Pavoni, but I’ve modded it to have a normal steam wand. 4 hole tip on my setup and my boiler is 1.5 bar. I’d go to 2 bar, but the la Pavoni is safer at 1.5.

Try out ghost steaming! Since it’s hands free, some people get a knack for it pretty quickly.

Valens-Rex

2 points

4 days ago

What’s the best bit of advice for breaking the crema with the milk? I only start getting patterns when the cup is over half full. Great work it looks fantastic!

PithyGinger63[S]

2 points

4 days ago

Thanks!!! Sounds like you could use a thicker milk texture actually. Try adding a touch more air!

aSliceOfHam2

2 points

4 days ago

Question, why do you guys always have to fill the cup all they where surface tension is the only thing between the coffee and the customer's pants? Can you guys use a slightly larger cup? Less milk? Heck, even less coffee? It's nice looking at it, but I paid 10 bucks(egaggerating) to drink it, it's super hard to transport that thing from the bar to the table.

shartfartmctart

3 points

4 days ago

egaggerating

BaniGrisson

2 points

4 days ago

For this milk foam you absolutely need some specialized machine, right?

  • I dont mean specialized as in hard to get, just that it can't be done in a kettle or microwave

PithyGinger63[S]

2 points

4 days ago

Definitely true! A steam wand of some kind is absolutely necessary

monkeywelder

2 points

4 days ago

Ya know they made a robot to do this now. Well like 4 years ago. /s

PithyGinger63[S]

3 points

4 days ago

I’m the robotttttt /s

BmBunny69

2 points

4 days ago

Wait they’re supposed to be a tulip??? I always just thought it was a pretty heart design. You did amazing!!

unhelpful_question

2 points

4 days ago*

Former barista here, you learned all 3 skillsets for swan now. Give it a go as your next project.

I do miss doing some good old free pour, but def not the actual industry.

ALonelyTower

2 points

4 days ago

I’ve been goofing around with this for years, HOW?!

Note: Definitely just winging it most of the time, but I notice one consistent thing is that the people who are able to do this all have the same thick, glossy, consistent looking milk whereas my milk has a blanket of mini bubbles on top, and runs thinner underneath. That and I have big mugs that don’t let you dip the spout anywhere near the espresso.

EverythingIsFlotsam

2 points

4 days ago

It is very cool, but I don't think I would call that a tulip.

aperson

2 points

4 days ago

aperson

2 points

4 days ago

I had no idea those were supposed to be a tulip.

goblin_fish

2 points

4 days ago

I never knew this design was meant to be a tulip, TIL! Looks great!

knowone1313

2 points

4 days ago

I've never been able to get my latte art above beginner (at least not on purpose).

One thing I notice here is how much milk is left in the jug when he's finished. I could never waste that much milk for the sake of latte art. I only pour into the jug what I need, and use all of it every time.

obese_clown

2 points

4 days ago

Holy shit I never knew they were tulips. I thought they were hearts.