I’m in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to visit what
some consider to be the best coffee shop in the Midwest: Kickapoo Coffee. I’m
here to learn about Latte Art. But first to I have to try some of the coffee yeah it’s pretty good at this point I’ve been through a bit of
a journey trying to understand what goes into making coffee, but honestly I still
don’t really know like what makes it good what does Kickapoo do different as a store?
we take the time to make sure that all the boxes on our list are getting checked
and that list is the list of things related to quality
can you tell me about Latte Art and what goes into that?
yeah Latte Art’s definitely an interesting thing it allows that barista to kind of take a
timeout focus really specifically at that one drink he describe to me the process of making
latte art. You first need a machine that can put on a high-level of stream pressure
You fill a steam pitcher, generally speaking one-third full of milk
and then stick the steam wand just below the surface of milk The machine kicks out that steam pressure and if you hold the pitcher just right, it will cause the milk to rotate. Then comes time to pour the cream you see experienced baristas will move around
the pitcher there’s a rhythm involved similar to break dancing, certain designs
depend on the bill to sway back and forth
if you’re really interested in
Latte Art, tonight actually we’re having a little Latte Art of competition we call it a
throwdown want you could probably even a try it
out yourself . See how you do. Ok. It was at this point that I realized I was
in way over my head They had me sign up on a tournament style bracket where I would go head to head against other baristas except…I’m not a barista
I quickly started watching youtube videos in hopes of somehow faking my way
and of course they place me on the bottom of the bracket so I plenty
of time to consider my impending demise Yeah, yeah, you win sometimes, you lose. You know know, it’s a little up and down. So how’d you do?
I loss I tried to pour a swan but it definitely failed
it looks like a peacock kind of a few different things that you
look for in latte art competition looking for symmetry so that is the design
symmetrical technical difficulty of the design and then you just looking for
contrast of the milk and the crema of the espresso the brown-and-white kind of
contrast after over an hour waiting it was
finally time to shine Hi
Are you from Minnesota?
Perfect I’m from
Wisconsin this will be a battle Alright, I have no idea what I’m doing oh really?
I’ve never done this before
YES! Have you ever streamed milk before?
Nope okay you’re gonna want to angle the
steam head so it’s not pointed straight down that angle just create a small
vortex don’t go too crazy That is a beautiful job It was quite possibly the most terrible quality I’ve ever seen. In terms of art… his milk was too loud. his milk was
screaming. Tell him to try roasting instead This cup right here is pretty bad this cup is terrible that’s why he didn’t win he doesn’t know what he’s doing so just got eliminated so I guess
coffee’s a little more complicated than I expected. Guess it’s not something you can just watch a youtube video right before and figure out I guess I still don’t know everything about coffee