Latte Art – the art of pouring a perfect latte

International Coffee Day

 

Depending on what you search for either today 29th September or Saturday 1st October are International Coffee Day. Wiki says it’s the 29th September as agreed at the Milan Expo whilst the International Coffee Organisation says it’s the 1st October which is Saturday.  No problems I will happily celebrate International Coffee Day any day of the week, or year for that fact! I did a quick roundup of special celebrations in Dubai – check out what’s going on here

Life is too short not to drink good coffee – Debbie, CoffeeCakesAndRunning

  • Coffee Planet – Supporting an event at Dusit Thani Hotel – serving free coffee all day between 8 am and 6pm. (29th Sept and 1st October)
  • Boon Coffee – bring a friend and share two coffee drinks for the price of one. Shoe your friend why you are obsessed with Boon Coffee and why International Coffee Day is so important (29th Sept – Oct 1st).
  • Raw Coffee – Will bring their coffee truck called Bruce, to your home or office for a few hours – to dish out FREE coffee. Competition was on Instagram but now closed, so you’ll just have to try and figure out who won and pop along and try and blag a free coffee …
  • Expresso Lab – check out their story on Instagram called “Jeopardy” for details.

% Arabica, Roseleaf Coffee, Goldbox Roastery – say they will do something, but no details yet.

Regardless of which day International Coffee Day is here’s a post which celebrates Latte Art, something which I’m incredibly passionate about, but had not really ever managed to try to do properly.  Fortunately for me, when % Arabica opened in Dubai Mall I got the chance to learn from none other than an ex World Latte Art Champion. Bring it on!!

Junichi Yamaguchi is the Head Barista at % Arabica in Kyoto and had flown into Dubai for the launch of % Arabic at Dubai Mall.  Winner of the World Barista Championships in Japan in 2014  I had the pleasure of having two lattes poured for me by Junichi – just look at the perfect latte art above, he poured this absolutely effortlessly whilst chatting to me. This was Junichi’s first trip to Dubai, he said he loved the coffee culture here in Dubai and was impressed with the new store and everyone’s enthusiasm to drink speciality coffee. Below are two examples of his work, he casually poured these like he’s been pouring all his life when in reality it’s about five years.  Follow him on Instagram if you get a chance, his work is a pure visual work of art and I could watch his videos for ages.

Ever wanted to know how to pour a latte with some cute latte art on it? I had the pleasure of visiting % Arabica recently and was shown how to pour a very simple heart by one of the team.  Here’s all you need to know …

My coffee attempt is on the left and one Junichi is on the right, not bad for a first attempt I say 🙂

 

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