Have You Seen the Latest in Latte Art?

Have You Seen the Latest in Latte Art?

Food & Drink

Have You Seen the Latest in Latte Art?

Small Bites

Visiting a coffee shop once involved making your way to a counter and choosing from a small handful of menu items, including regular drip, lattes, and cappuccinos—possibly adding a flavor or some whipped topping.

Today’s choices for caffeinated beverages continue to grow and include a vast array of drinks, flavors, choice of milk, add-ins and even an artistic finishing touch, known as “latte art.”

Photo by amelia soo via Flickr

While the options can depend upon location, cost, and type of beverage, one of the newest ways to dress up coffee is 3-dimensional designs.

This type of latte art found its beginnings in Tokyo, where baristas developed a technique of sculpting added foam atop a cappuccino, then painting with a brush dipped in syrup, typically chocolate, to give definition to the form. These creations can include animals, Disney® characters and even tiny portraits of famous people.

Photo by benho.sg via Flickr

With the rise of food photography being showcased on social media platforms like Instagram, consumers are drawn to culinary experiences, especially those that can be captured digitally.

Photo by JC Awe via Flickr

There is an opportunity for baristas to showcase this trend and build upon it with their own personal touches and pop-culture themes. The idea of topping a popular beverage with 3d edible art could become the next way to personalize your coffee drinking experience.

Small Bites is a weekly spotlight on food trends that you can find on foodchannel.com!

This article is courtesy of our insights partners at CultureWaves.

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