Latte art

Latte art is a term that first appeared around the turn of the twenty-first century, and has recently been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. We will examine the definition of latte art, where the term came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

Latte art is a pattern made in a caffè latte by careful pouring of steamed milk. A caffè latte is a type of coffee infused with steamed milk. In latte art, a skilled barista creates a picture or pattern through free pouring or by using an etching pattern. The picture or pattern appears as the foam from the steamed milk rises to the top of the caffè latte. Caffè latte is an Italian term that literally means milk coffee. With the rise of artisan coffee shops during the 1990s and early 2000s, decorating lattes became more intricate and complicated, and the term latte art was coined. The plural form is latte art.


Held in a uniquely themed cafe, The Jungle City, Kitchen & Bar hosted and organised this one day competition, similarly to the Latte Art World Championship Open organized by Coffee Fest, that welcomed the 32 top baristas to perform and compete for the glorious title! (The Malaysian Digest)

Contestants were challenged to show off their best and most innovative latte art skills in a series of challenges that were judged by Radio 2’s Nigel Barden and latte art specialists Anthony Khouri and Phil Base. (Eat Out Magazine)

Through latte art, where a barista like Libotte uses steamed milk poured into a shot of espresso to create a pattern or design on the surface of the latte. (The Peoria Journal-Star)

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