AVIANO latte art will perk you up!

Latte Art TutorialIt’s 3 o’clock, your eyes are getting heavy, your stomach is starting to grumble and it’s getting harder and harder to focus on work.  There’s a fix for this, Aviano Coffee in Cherry Creek North at 244 Detroit Street.  They have seating for all moods, outdoor patio tables, community farm table and cool stadium seating with workstations perfectly designed to fit you, your laptop and a beautifully embellished latte.  We couldn’t resist snapping a quick pic of our afternoon perk-me-ups.

For those of you who are just now noticing the heart shaped rosettes in your coffee, it’s called latte art and it’s not as easy as it looks.  Here’s a quick lesson but we suggest you leave it to the professional baristas at Aviano!

The easiest technique is called free pouring, where the cup is either kept level or tilted in one direction.  The milk is poured straight into the cup and the foam begins to surface on one side (due to the tilt).  Move the pitcher from side to side as they level the cup, or simply wiggle the spout back and forth, and finish by making a quick strike through the previously poured pattern. This “strike” creates the stem portion of the flower design, and bends the poured zig-zag into a flower shape.  A more direct pour and less wiggling yields a heart shape.

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