In the absence of real skill, the right tool can go a long way. I picked up the large Espro toroid pitcher, and I can already see some improvements in my microfoam and subsequent "art". While the toroid shape probably does help develop a good whirlpool effect, what I noticed most was how much a narrow spout contributes to the control of the pour. I had been using a wide-mouth pitcher and the milk sloshed all over the place. The narrow spout of the Espro really provides control over the stream of milk as you pour. This is my best latte to date, in the small Black Cat Project latte cup, which BTW is super comfortable.