Pouring a Swan and Hanging/Wave Heart Latte Art

Pouring a Swan and Hanging/Wave Heart Latte Art


Hello and welcome back to our series on
milk texturing and pouring. Last time we looked at the three fundamental patterns
in latte art; the heart, the tulip, and the Rosetta. Now we are going to combine them into two slightly more interesting patterns. The first one we’re going to
look at is called the hanging heart or the wave heart. This is a fantastic
pattern for new beginners who are starting out doing latte art dine-in,
it’s great for speed, it happens as fast as the Rosetta does but it requires
slightly less precision because of the lack of symmetry. Right, we’re going to
start off the same way as we do all our patterns, mixing in to create an even
canvas to work on now we’re going to leave about the same amount of room in
the cup as we would for the rosetta, so about 3/4 of the way full we’re going to
start in the same position as we do for the rosetta. So once the milk stills we
drop down about three quarters of the way away from our jug and we’re going to
start the exact same as the rosetta; stationary and wiggling. So, the jug is
stationary in its position but I’m just moving it side to side, then we’re going
to start the draw back now instead of drawing back directly straight as we
would for a rosetta we’re going to come around to the side. Next is the most
challenging part and that’s the hang at the top, so we’re going to call this the
neck of the design, it’s a nice thin line. Now to create nice thin lines in latte art it’s just like the sink through motion, so we’re pulling it high and
through. So it’s up and around and that’s going to create a nice thin line of the
neck, so down the bottom we’re up to the side, around and then in the centre of
the negative space created by the leaf on the side that we’re going to drop
down to create the heart, so heart, just like last time, is dropped down
and pull through to create the heart. The idea to make this one aesthetically
pleasing is that we have the heart in nice proportion to the negative space
created by the wave on the side. I do find this one works slightly better with
a little bit thicker milk so it’s fantastic for cappuccinos when you’re in
a hurry, it still looks great and you’re still going to get a lot of people taking
photos of your latte art for Instagram. Alright so this is a great segue on to
our next pattern which is The Swan. This is a real crowd-pleaser, guaranteed hit
on Instagram, really simple and fun once you’ve mastered it. Probably one of the
most challenging things about the Swan is if there’s a lot to fit in the
cup, and it happens very quickly. So my first tip is to think about where the
elements are going to go in the cup before you even start out. When I first
started pouring swans I also started with a tulip base, the aim of this is to
settle you down and slow the pattern down giving you a little bit more time
to think while it’s happening. There is a lot going on in the cup so instead of
starting with 3/4 of the way full we’re going to start half the way full and
that’s going to give us more room to pour into. The other way that we can get
a little bit more room to pour into is simply by angling our cup a little bit
more, the more you angle your cup the greater the surface area. So this is
particularly important when you start doing slightly more complicated designs
with greater elements to fit into the cup. So we’re starting as always creating
our canvas; mixed in, mix in, mix in, break, still a pour and then about 3/4 of the
way away from the jug we’re going to drop down for tulip leaf, drop down and
then it’s the same as the base the way of heart.
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, and then we’re going to pull around to the side this is
where it starts getting a bit different. Instead of hanging the heart what we’re
going to do is pull through the wing. So we’re basically dragging the milk in
a sinking motion, so again that sinking motion is up and through and instead of
being in the center of the wing it’s on the side and that’s going to pull it
through and create nice feathers. At the bottom, the Swan has a body, so to create the body all we do is drop down just like we would for a
heart and that’s going to create a nice fat body. The next thing we want to do is
create a nice slender neck for our swan, and this is exactly the same as the neck
which we created on hanging heart so it’s that sinking motion, so it’s up back
and around. This is one of the most challenging parts of the Swan design
purely because people tend to when they’re first starting out get the wing
and the head and the body in odd positions and it kind of looks like a
dismembered chicken. So what we want to do is really make sure we’re placing
them in the right area so I’ll pull through is it an angle creating a V
with our neck. So it’s pull through, hold at the bottom and V up. Once we’ve
created our neck, our swan needs a head and so the head is the drop down motion
and pull through, it’s just a simple heart a little one like we did on the
hanging heart. So once again and a little bit faster mix in, mix in, mix in half way
through more of a tilt, tulip base, tulip base, you can skip that if you’re feeling
confident, wiggle wiggle wiggle pull back to the side sinking motion
drawing the wing down to the base up in a V we’ve got that thin neck and we’re
hanging a heart on the end to create the head. Alright, so those are two
slightly more fun combination patterns for hanging heart and the Swan. Good luck,
see you next time.

27 Replies to “Pouring a Swan and Hanging/Wave Heart Latte Art”

  1. Literally the best latte art tutorial out there. Clear explanation of the pour speed, jug height, cup tilt and pour location for every part of the pattern. Can't wait to practice tomorrow!

  2. Thank you for the videos! I have been learning how to do latte art the last few days. What size frothing pitcher do you use?

  3. i don't have a espresso machine and steaming milk machine. How can i make art latte using milk frother wand and a normal nescafe espresso? Is it possible?

  4. I have watched a lot of videos to make latte art but this channel actually walk you through it step by step which is why now I can make a decent cup of coffee.

  5. I'm still practicing but a long way to go! Thanks for the great tutorial, the best I've seen!! The only problem is I have to practice on myself and I now drink too much coffee!

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