OK, creating Latte Art is waaaaay harder than it looks! I recently went to Nespresso’s Creatista Studio in Leeds (it’s open in the Victoria Quarter until 26th March) to try my hand at being a barista and producing some Latte Art. It gave me a definite respect for those guys and gals creating beautiful palms, hearts and much more for us on a daily basis. They make it look so easy, I just took it for granted!
We started off we a little talk from the peeps at Nespresso (they do the whole convenient coffee pod thing) and Sage (by Heston Blumenthal, they do the clever milk steam technology thing for Nespresso’s new Creatista machine).
This was my first intro to Nespresso really. I’ve used a Nespresso coffee machine and the coffee pods at work a little…but I’m a real beginner. I hadn’t realised that they look at coffee a lot like wine. Grand crus, vintages…they like giving it a bit of sophistication.
Then onto giving us a try at making Latte Art with their new Nespresso Creatista machines. These new coffee machines are the first of Nespresso’s to have a fully automatic steam wand (like the ones you see in coffee shops), so you can create lovely frothy milk with the ‘micro-foam’ for flat whites, cappuccinos, lattes… you name it.
The Creatista lets you set the temperature of the milk (it’s got a sensor) and how much froth you want. Pretty cool.
OK…time to give it a go!
Pour it on an angle (a bit like a beer)…and bring the milk jug down. Yes, hmmmmm but when I did it, it didn’t happen quite so easily! I think I created a Latte Art kangaroo…or maybe a unicorn? I’m going with unicorn.
I need a lot more practise. Thankfully, Nespresso were sending me a Creatista to try for myself…so watch out for that upcoming post. Maybe I’ll get better? We’ll see!
I didn’t fare very well in the Instagram flatlay competition. Ellie won with hers. I actually think her flower was pretty good!
I’m going to get practising my Latte Art. I would absolutely love to create a heart…so I’m devouring YouTube videos and blog posts to give me all the help I can get. If you’ve seen any great tips, do send them over. I’ll let you know how I do in the next post.
In the meantime, get yourself down to the Creatista Studio in the Victoria Quarter in Leeds and get the lovely Nespresso baristas to show you how to do it yourself.