Latte Art: Should I Bother?

Latte Art: Should I bother?

Just google ‘barista training near me’, and you’ll see a wide variety of schools and class types pop up! Barista Training in Perth is varied and there are many different courses available! At Barista School Perth, we’ve noticed that interest in Latte Art is growing all the time and so is demand for our latte art barista training course! As much as people are excited about the idea of making pretty pictures on their coffee, we get asked a lot if it’s necessary or worth learning. The answer is a little more complex than a simple yes or no, so let’s look at the advantages of learning and nailing latte art designs.

First, what is latte art? Our friends over at Wikipedia tell us that, ‘Latte art is a method of preparing coffee created by pouring microfoam into a shot of espresso and resulting in a pattern or design on the surface of the latte’. But, in truth, it’s not quite as simple as that. Latte art is no longer the exclusive purview of the latte, you’ll see it on the entire range of café beverages made with textured milk.

As such, in our latte art barista training course, there is a strong focus on first understanding and perfecting the art of microfoam, as, without silky smooth milk, latte art is never going to happen.

Let’s talk about flavour! Which coffee would taste better? Same beans, same extraction, same milk:

Latte Art Workshop
Latte Art Workshop


You must have heard the expression that we eat with our eyes, and although logic tells that that these two beverages (if poured correctly) must taste the same, the reality is that to a customer they’ll taste different. Why? As our resident latte art trainer Jesse says, ‘Sight, sound and touch all affect the taste. Things that look better… taste better!’ Just as people who drink wine from an expensive bottle (even if it’s actually a cleanskin) genuinely think it tastes better, the same works for coffee. Moreover, when you take the time to do latte art, the customer can see the love and care you’ve put into their drink and that makes them feel valued and appreciated, who doesn’t want that?

I don’t know about you – but I would prefer coffee # one!

Another great benefit of latte art is the personal development of the barista. The truth is, no matter how passionate you are, coffee-making can get tedious. Latte art is a skill that can always be improved upon, whether it’s perfecting classic designs like the heart, the tulip and the rosetta or inventing new ones! At first, you’ll be thrilled to make a lopsided heart, but the more you practice the more of a perfectionist you’ll become.

At the end of the day, you can make a great tasting coffee, even if you find latte art really isn’t your forte! However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a try. Not only can it elevate the customer’s experience but it can be a fun challenge for you as a barista too! Sign up for our latte art barista training courses at Barista School Perth today!

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