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How to Make the Perfect Cafe Latte

Barista Greg Suekoff explains how to make the perfect cafe latte, as well as creative designs to wow your friends and family!

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Greg Suekoff: Hello I am Greg Suekoff, I am here at Caffe Pronto Coffee Roastery in Annapolis, Maryland. I am here today to show how to make the perfect Latte. We are here in the production area of Caffe Pronto where we roast all the coffee. Today we are going to talk about what exactly is a Cafe Latte, extracting the perfect espresso, steaming milk and then we are going to talk a little bit about the various designs you can make. Heart patterns, Rosetta patterns and variations on those that we have created here ourselves. Before you go any farther, I would like to show you some of the tools of the trade, the things that we will be using to create the perfect latte.

So here we have both the tools and the ingredients necessary for making the perfect latte. First we have, these are called tampers. They are used to compress the fine ground coffee into the portafilter before extraction. There are few varieties of tampers, the main difference being the bottom. Some of them are convex in the bottom versus some other styles which are flat. I prefer the flat, this is my tamper. In addition to coffee tampers you also need pitchers to steam the milk in. You are going to be steaming milk to about a 140 to a 160 degrees and we find the stainless steel milk pitchers work the best. In addition to the tools of the trade, there are also some key ingredients. Obviously you are going to need a fresh roasted coffee in order to make a nice cream on your espresso which will produce a predesign in the latte, you need to have fresh roasted coffee. Additionally you need a high quality grinder that's going to finely grind the coffee and prepare it for espresso extraction. You will need an espresso machine that is plumbed properly and has the right pressure and temperature components to it. This is called a portafilter, this is the part of the machine that we are going to put the coffee into, compact it and then we are going to put it into the machine and extract espresso. One thing to keep in mind when you are making latte is this there are few hot pieces, this Steam Wand produces steam that is very hot, you want to be careful from that and any water coming from the machine is also going to be very hot, you need to be careful. Again my name Greg Suekoff, I have been making lattes for about 12 years now, I have gotten to compete both nationally and internationally in latte art competition, so I am here to share my experience with you.

Hi Sir by anupchetri at 04/28/12 05:33PM Flag

I want to really make a good cafelatte art,,,,,,pls give me some best tips,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I m working in Dubai,in a restaurant,,,,,,,,i am working as a waiter,,,but when i see all this art,I m getting crazy,I just want to be a barista,I have uploaded one video in Youtube,by the name (latter art by anup chetri)but its just a 1st try,,,,,,Sir pls tell,,wat kind of cofee beans is used,milk and wat is the procedure,I relly want to be the best,,,,,,pls help me sir

Thank you! Thank you! by julienbasch at 04/28/11 06:01PM Flag

Greg, I have been doing latte for two years, watching lots of videos. I stumbled upon yours yesterday. It is the best I've ever seen. I often teach latte art where I work -- I'll make people watch your videos before the first class. Thank you again.

Nice, thank you! by MTmind at 10/31/10 08:38PM Flag

I've learned a lot to help me out at work. Good production value, informative, and easy to follow. Thank you.

by 8iron at 09/05/10 09:59AM Flag

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