Monday, April 11, 2011

Coffee Art

In the world of latte art, there are two main camps: Team Free Pour and the Etchers. Free pourers are the traditionalists: They make their designs by pouring heated, "stretched" milk into espresso, creating beautiful designs where the milk and coffee don't quite want to dissolve into one another. It's a test of how well they've aerated and textured the milk, and, of course, of how well they understand the motions and physics of the pour. Etchers, though, are the tool users: They will draw into the milk, dragging coffee into the dense foam, and boom! You have patterns, designs and the occasional portrait of Stockard Channing.

Salon has organized a Great Coffee Art Contest. The winner's masterpiece is presented above, by barrista Elizabeth Gray from New York. My favorite though is this one below, by barrista Jonathan Pascual from Atlanta :

Link to slide show of winners:

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