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How to make Coffee Art

November 29, 2012

November 29, 2012— Whether it was on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest, you’ve definitely come across some coffee art pictures like this before. A gorgeous cup of coffee or latte, with an incredibly creative art design illustrated using either steamed milk or creamer. Recently, the term coffee art has surged in popularity with millions of people trying to recreate this fantastic art form. If you’ve ever wondered “how do they do that?” when staring at one of these amazing pictures, you’ll love learning how to do it yourself! We break down step-by-step how YOU can construct your own wonderful coffee art with easy to replicate instructions.

What you’ll need

  • Cappuccino maker
  • Milk
  • Coffee or Expresso

**Although you can create beautiful coffee art using coffee or expresso, you’ll definitely need a cappuccino maker on hand. Because the best foamed milk comes from using a steam wand, we highly recommend using it. For help making a latte, go here.

Step One

Start by brewing coffee or latte. If you need help  making a latte, go here. Pour enough milk for one cup into pitcher steamer. Put the steam wand at the bottom of the pitcher and turn on. Start by slowly raising the wand to the top of the milk  and then lowering it every few seconds. There should be no big bubbles and steamed milk should have a smooth appearance. 

Step Two

Check to see if your steamed milk has reached  80F.  Then place the steam wand on the side of your pitcher and spin the milk counterclockwise until it heats up to 150F. When finished, allow your steamed milk to settle.  You’ll have a much velvety texture to work with. Once settled, swirl milk vigorously for 20-30 seconds, pounding out any bubbles you may see by hitting the pitcher against a counter. 

Step Three

Begin pouring your steamed milk into your coffee or latte. Fill your cup until the foam reaches the top. Then gently sweep the remaining milk up the center of your pattern without sinking it. Depending on the pattern you’re looking to create, you can use stencils, powder and milk foam to decorate your design. 

Step Four

While each unique design will have it’s own form of instructions, we’ve included this helpful video to see how each of these amazing and popular designs are done.


  • Always start with cold milk when foaming the milk in the steam wand. This will not work properly if milk is at room temperature.
  • After foaming, swirl the foamed milk around in the pitcher for a few seconds.
  • If you’re still seeing large bubbles, pound the bottom of the pitcher on a counter several time sand then swirl vigorously for 20-30 seconds.

Other helpful Coffee items:

HIC Blue Willow 10-Ounce Mugs, Set of 4

Primula 6-Cup Glass Coffee Press, Black

Coffee Maker – Drip with Pot, White Porcelain 19oz.

Stainless Steel Coffee Scoop – Holds Approximately 2 Tbsp, 1 pc,(Frontier)


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