Definitive training on milk foam / latte art

Beginner and pro baristas share tips and tricks.
Bluenoser
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#1: Post by Bluenoser » Jul 01, 2019, 11:08 pm

I've been actively trying to learn how to make great milk foam so I can create latte art; for about 1.5 years. I've looked at nearly every video/tutorial I could find. I've practiced with water & soap; milk & non-milk products. I've gotten okay; and can do the basic 3 designs.. even get the odd swan. But no where have I ever come across the detailed knowledge in the video below: (Sunergos Milk Training Video, by Sunergos Coffee)
Many times, the milk has screeched at me .. other times, it is silent... sometimes it is perfect .. sometimes too thin.. at times my design won't 'flow'.. This video answers all these questions.. I cannot believe I have not come across it before..

For all those who strive to foam milk well, no other tutorial I've seen even comes close to the detail and explanations in the video above. I made this post only because I haven't seen a post on HB that included this training video.. Hope others find it as eye-opening as I did.
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BaristaBoy E61

#2: Post by BaristaBoy E61 » Jul 02, 2019, 12:09 am

Thanks for posting this, it's most interesting and instructive.

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#3: Post by jyl » Jul 02, 2019, 1:31 am

What a good video. Thank you very much for posting.
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#4: Post by MikeTheBlueCow » Jul 02, 2019, 7:32 am

This is a good video. Most of it I've heard before, but here it's all in one place, gets to the point, and doesn't bog down each piece of information. It's long, but worth the watch for people starting out and having trouble. I've seen some videos that really over complicate the milk pitcher setup for steaming, and this advice (that I first heard in the Chris Baca video) is what got me to get a good result even with my Bellman. This video expands on that with some important troubleshooting.

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GC7

#5: Post by GC7 » Jul 02, 2019, 10:58 am

Awesome. Thank you.

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#6: Post by TenLayers » Jul 02, 2019, 8:17 pm

Agree. Very well written and produced.

shfflz

#7: Post by shfflz » Jul 06, 2019, 5:08 pm

This is probably one of the best resource available right now on this topic.

95viper

#8: Post by 95viper » Jul 22, 2019, 8:37 pm

Now I see what I have been doing wrong in steaming

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#9: Post by javipi » Oct 19, 2019, 10:39 pm

Great video! Never late to say thanks.

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#10: Post by crunchybean » Oct 20, 2019, 10:39 am

Nice video! But if you want to practice I suggest making cheese or yogurt at home and heat the milk by practicing your swirl. Saving the heated milk in a glass jar or container you use and then make the cheese or milk or butter with it, you can even save the whey to make protein smoothies or thickeners in soups/curries. I think getting the right texture/and even consistency of milk is more important than wiggling the wrist for some art.