Barista Artista- Local Latte Art

By / Photography By Yvonne Cornell | February 02, 2018
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Barista Mai @amai.0 Voyager Craft Coffee Santa Clara Free-pour latte

Free pour, light etching, painting, position, flow and control—this is the lingua franca of baristas of latte art. The refinement of steaming and pouring milk to create designs in a cup of espresso is both science and art. Purists prefer the art of the slow pour, which relies solely upon laying down the milk on the espresso’s dark canvas by using a gentle rocking motion of the pitcher. Others take it a step further, using an etching tool or the tip of a milk thermometer to drag lines of espresso crema to shape or “paint in” smaller details. Latte art is serious craft: South Bay cafés host regular latte art throwdowns to showcase the best of the best. Edible Silicon Valley met with several local baristas to capture and share their signature latte art.


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Photo 1: Barista Nikki Menafia, @NikkiMenafia, Chromatic Coffee, Santa Clara Whole-milk cappuccino, free pour
Photo 2: Barista Daniel Vu, @Barista_Dan, Bitter + Sweet, Cupertino Mocha cappuccino, free pour with light etch
Photo 3: Barista Josh Lazada, @B2Coffee, B2 Coffee, San Jose Honey Cinnamon Latte, free pour
Photo 4: Barista Alex Kane, @ATKane, B2 Coffee , San Jose Cappuccino, free pour
Photo 1: Barista Alex, @1alexandermoreno, Red Berry Coffee, Los Altos Cappuccino, free pour
Photo 2: Barista Daniel Martinez, @danielbaggins, B2 Coffee , San Jose Cappuccino, free pour and handoff wave of art
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