The finesse of Latte Art

When I walked in to Au Cheval to interview for my job, I knew the place was amazing.  Great food, place is always packed, 32 beers on draft, cocktails are legit, but there was one thing I didn’t know they had in their portfolio, was latte art.  And by the way, it’s not just any latte art.  The coffee needs to be perfect in order for it to be served.  P-E-R-F-E-C-T.

That’s silky milk, perfect lines, piping hot coffee, and all the way to the top.  Here’s a look at my journey through:

Now, Brendan Sodikoff has a couple aces of his sleeve, maybe at all times.  He brings aboard one of the best latte artists in the world (seriously) to teach his restaurants the art of drawing.  Hiroshi Sawada.  He’s a very calm, collected man, and crushes latte art. 

Quick story:  I was in Osaka Japan at a really cool little espresso shop tucked away back in an alley.  I threw out Hiroshi’s name, and the barista responded by not only know who Hiroshi was, but saying he was a legend in Tokyo.  Insane!! 

So, how do you draw latte art? 

Breathe with your eyes. 

That’s all I got for you.  It’s all touch and 300 cappuccinos later, maybe you’ll get close to perfecting one.