How to practice latte art without coffee?

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leonelbego
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#1: Post by leonelbego » Nov 10, 2019, 2:41 pm

Hi all,

I would kindly like to ask you a question, how could I practice Latte Art without having to make an espresso each time? is there any alternative that can replace the "coffee shot"? I will still steam the milk as usual, but I am finding quite a pain having to waste so much beans and make the coffee all the time only to practice Latte Art.

My current set-up is a GS3 AV and the Ceado E37SD and I am wanting to learn how to make Latte Art, but the waste of beans and the workflow is making the learning process quite a pain.

I would love to hear your opinions etc... and please, I know some of you will say, "do the real deal and make the espresso shot as well".... I know that, but still, I want to see if there is an alternative out there.

Thank you,
Leo

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#2: Post by Velospresso » Nov 10, 2019, 3:06 pm

Dritan Alsela has a couple of videos on this topic. I remember he used ground coffee to reuse the same steamed milk multiple times. Here's the youtube video :
You can skip the part where he textures the milk using a french press since you have more than enough steaming power.

Also the most impactful aspect on the pour is milk steaming. This is key to have great definition in the cup.

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#3: Post by Bluenoser » Nov 10, 2019, 3:53 pm

You can also practice steaming water with 2-3 drops of dish soap. Latte Art is impossible if you don't have good textured milk.

This is just one of many videos on topic:

leonelbego
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#4: Post by leonelbego » Nov 10, 2019, 4:01 pm

Velospresso wrote:Dritan Alsela has a couple of videos on this topic.
Excellent, thank you very much. Will check the link :)

leonelbego
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#5: Post by leonelbego » Nov 10, 2019, 4:04 pm

Bluenoser wrote:You can also practice steaming water with 2-3 drops of dish soap. Latte Art is impossible if you don't have good textured milk.
Hi, thank you very much for the feedback. Fortunately I have the steaming part fairly under control and can make very good textured milk. Also, whenever I practice latte art I do it with milk... I'm just looking an alternative for the coffee part not the milk. Is quite a pain having to make a shot every time I practice a pattern :-/

Thanks

cafe102
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#6: Post by cafe102 » Nov 10, 2019, 4:13 pm

Try soy sauce.

leonelbego
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#7: Post by leonelbego » replying to cafe102 » Nov 10, 2019, 4:16 pm

Oh this could work actually! Have you tried it?

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HB
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#8: Post by HB » Nov 10, 2019, 4:56 pm

See Latte art practice: espresso substitute?
I searched on latte art coffee base to find it. Turns out it was already in the FAQ, too. I thought someone reported using water/cocoa powder, too, but didn't immediately find a reference.
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#9: Post by MB » Nov 10, 2019, 8:02 pm

So, I put a heaping Tablespoon of instant coffee (purchased specifically for this purpose) in a cup and added 27g of water, then steamed it for both the temperature and "crema" head on top (splashy, so maybe better to do in a second pitcher or coffee mug first). Then steamed the milk. I also tried pouring into room temp soy sauce, but that didn't work near as well.

Here's my first quick try with the steamed instant. It poured pretty similar to espresso FWIW.

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#10: Post by shanewiebeftr » Nov 10, 2019, 9:24 pm

The instant coffee thing is brilliant. I used to practice with old coffee pucks mixed with water. It gives a little definition but it always looked a bit weird.