Tuesday, January 18, 2011

How-To Tuesdays: Tulip - Video

I've decided to kick off a weekly feature: "How-To Tuesdays".  I'll give a more in-depth look at a specific latte art design each week, hopefully including a video with the post.  Feel free to comment and ask questions if you need clarification.

This week it's a tulip pour.  This particular tulip isn't that bad, though I like it when the outer ring is more defined than the one here.

My personal opinion on what makes a good tulip:
  1. A good handle on how to "release" the foam into the cup right when you want to.
  2. Finishing each layer off with a slight push, but not fully pulling through like you're finishing off a heart or rosetta.
  3. Dropping each new layer into undisturbed crema for maximum contrast.
  4. "Pushing" each layer into the previous one while leveling the cup at the same time, to make the layers rest nicely within each other.
  5. A nice heart to finish it off.
  6. All the other basics of good milk, contrast, symmetry, etc.

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