Learning the Art of Latte Art at the Virtual Coffee Festival

Coffee has become one of my most reliable simple pleasures in life, especially with everything that has been going on. From pour-over and French press to mokapot and espresso, I tried my best to learn more about coffee and home brewing so I can replicate the enjoyment of this well-loved beverage from when I would hang out at coffee shops pre-pandemic.

And while I've come to make great iced lattes (okay okay, at least says me and my husband), the hot version -- cafe latte, is another story. I like the taste of the ones I make, but how I wish I can also make latte art to get an even more specialty coffee shop feel from the cups I prepare.

Iced latte at home

A few days ago, I was fortunate to attend the Facebook Live Session of Breville PH Coffee Festival. Powered by Breville Philippines, David Dource who's the Academic Director of the Philippine Chapter of Barista Guild Asia and an Award-Winning Barista and a Master Latte Artist, shared his tips and techniques on Latte Art through a Q&A and a live demo.

And while I've learned a great deal from reading up on the internet and watching countless Youtube videos on the matter of latte art, nothing is better than getting to ask and receiving an answer directly from an expert. David patiently and thoroughly answered all our questions, from how to choose the right milk, how to properly steam milk, and how much milk to use, among others.

The Art of Coffee

But the most exciting part is watching his live demonstration where he walked us through the ideal coffee station setup, to pulling an espresso shot and steaming the milk, and lastly, creating the latte art. Speaking of latte art, the Master Latte Artist effortlessly made three cups with a Heart, a Rosetta, and a Swan latte art pattern, all of which are perfectly framed and symmetrical. It was truly amazing!

Pour Your Art Out Virtual Latte Art Challenge by Breville

After attending the live session, I'm even more pumped to practice my espresso pulling, milk steaming, and pouring! I do hope that in time, I'll be able to make decent latte art, from a simple heart down to a more complex swan in the future.

If you can make latte art though, then it's your time to shine with the Pour Your Art Out: A Virtual Latte Art Challenge! Check out the complete mechanics and guidelines here and join to take a shot at winning a Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine worth Php 44,500! The prize is actually in my home cafe wishlist, since it's a very good espresso machine with a built-in burr grinder and a very nice steam wand, truly an all-in-one must-have to enjoy third wave specialty coffee at home from bean to espresso.

There are even more exciting things to look forward to at Breville's Virtual Coffee Festival. On September 11, Chef Louise Mabulo will hold a session on Zero-Waste Ideas for Coffee, teaching how to maximize coffee for both food and non-food usage. And on September 12, two of the most known personalities of the coffee industry, Mr. Robert Francisco and Ms. Chit Juan of Philippine Coffee Board, will talk about Third Wave Specialty Coffee.

Breville PH Coffee Festival

As it celebrates its tenth year in the market, Breville Philippines is throwing a month-long Virtual Coffee Festival with a series of Facebook Live Sessions, online contests with amazing prizes, and other exciting content all coffee enthusiasts will love. It's free to join for everyone, so if you love coffee, don't miss this special event!

To join the festival, visit Breville Philippines’ Official Event Page. More announcements will also be made on their Facebook and Instagram pages. And if you’re looking for inspiration on creative uses of coffee, on the other hand, you can check out www.foodthinkers.com.ph for some recipes and guides.

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