Consumers from Northern Europe consider espresso coffee “too strong” and prefer it diluted “Cappuccino” style.
The adding of frothed milk is also used as a base for decorations, creative and artistic patterns which is added to the hot drink by the capable hand of the inspired barista.
The decorative intervention can range from the simple cocoa power dusting with the cocoa duster with standard images, to what is properly called “latte art”.
Obviously, a barista, who surprises his customers with artistic decorations is at a higher professional level, which represents competition for his colleagues from neighbouring bars.
Special tools are available for “Latte Art” creations, but if you have to learn it with a DIY technique, it takes a lot of patience and practice. For this reason, we suggest taking part in a technical training course held by a professional barista.
Some examples of ‘Latte Art’ tools.
Information in this article was taken from the book The espresso coffee production system published by Bazzara.