Latte love at first sight. (Swoon!)

Ever drink a cold but flat soda? We bet if you did, it wasn’t intentional. It’s just not as good. That’s because texture influences taste dramatically. Where does texture for a latte start? At first glance.

You know what we’re talking about even if you don’t realize it. Ever see a flawlessly steamed latte with a beautiful owl etched on the top or a creamy pattern that makes you want to dive in and never leave? Millions of latte art photos and their popularity from Pinterest to Instagram can’t be wrong. We want that softness, that smoothness. We want to imagine it warming our throats. It’s an indulgence you can take with you on the go—no spa-day required. Now, don’t wait to enjoy the experience because according to our Flavor Oracle Levi, ““Texture is huge, that’s why when I make a latte for a co-worker or at home I tell my guest ‘take a sip right away, please’ because even in the first minute the texture changes. Just pour a latte into a glass and look at how fast the froth rises to the top.” Just thinking about it makes us go “ahhh.” That’s just the tip of the texture iceberg.

Latte Art

Beauty in the eye—and mug—of the beholder.

How do the experts do it? Latte art can be done one of two ways—free pour (without touching the surface) or etching (which uses a tool to draw). For the best presentation, steam your milk to 140-160 degrees. Baristas may have expensive equipment, but inexpensive handheld frothers can help even novice artists create a tasty foam. This means even if you’re an at-home barista, you can create a heart with just a bit of practice.

Go on, dive right in.

Remember the texture iceberg? Let’s delve a bit deeper into our latte. You want it smooth, clean, a welcome sip that starts with just enough intensity to know you’re beginning an experience. Once you get beneath that latte art, you step into a new world that isn’t just about visual artistry, it’s about flavor artistry. The only way to get that is quality. DaVinci Gourmet® products offer not only good taste and variety, but a promise of quality you just won’t find anywhere else. Don’t believe it? We’ve got a challenge for you.

Fall in love with our lattes.

Learning to do latte art won’t make a hill of (coffee) beans of difference if the texture of the latte itself isn’t there. The fact is, some syrups don’t mix well in lattes. They can lose flavor and curdle the milk. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to do the following:

  • — Make two lattes and add DaVinci Gourmet® syrup to one and another syrup to the other. (Latte art is optional.)
    • — To ensure consistent results, the espresso shots and milk should be pooled from the same source.
  • — Immediately taste each latte and then let sit for 10 minutes.
  • — After 10 minutes taste each latte again and see for yourself that DaVinci Gourmet® syrup holds its taste and doesn’t            curdle the milk.

Beauty, flavor, and quality don’t always come together, but when they do, you can certainly taste the difference. Try our challenge, and tell us what you think. If you’re ready to start foaming up your own lattes, here are a few latte artists we think you’ll love: Nicely85, Takeuchiyuuki, Plusnobu, and Cabelltice.