Tips for intermediate latte art with many mistakes

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#1: Post by Journeyskye »


I just joined home-barista and have been searching high and low for some help.
I know the title is a paradox/contradictory but I want to just preface with a little background- I worked at Starbucks for 2 years and then during the pandemic I was hired at a specialty coffee shop. I was pretty familiar with the cafe-setting, however, when I was trained on latte art everything was in to-go cups. So I feel like I have a fairly decent grasp on that style of advanced latte art.

However, as we are slowly transitioning to ceramics and as I have completed in a few local throw downs just to see what I can do, I quickly learned I didn't know how to translate my pouring style into ceramics.

Many questions I have- am I pouring too fast? So soon? Too late, too close? What's going on?!

Adding images below of to-go pours and ceramics for comparison!

In addition, for some I can pour decent things into smaller ceramics. Food for thought.

I've looked all over YouTube but no help sadly!

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#2: Post by Milligan »

Looks like your rotation isn't on one plane, but kind of twisting as you pour. Perhaps the way you hold the ceramic is causing you to rotate differently. You are filling the canvas and it looks good other than the twist. To top it off I'd work on aligning the art perpendicular to the handle of the cup. I usually pour right handed so this means having the handle of the cup facing my stomach as I pour.