Create a canvas for latte art

In this Video Australian Latte art champion, Erin Sampson demonstrates the technique to retaining the crema base to create a canvas for your latte art to make it really stand out.

What you’ll need

  • Espresso machine
  • Fresh cold milk or your choice of alternative milk
  • Freshly prepared espresso shots
  • Range of different sized milk jugs


  1. Fill your jug half way with fresh cold milk and texture and heat to desired temperature. Spin milk in jug to create a glossy texture
  2. Hold the jug in your dominant hand in a comfortable position
  3. Start your pour high and slow, pouring directly into the centre of the crema. Start moving in small circles so you don’t create any unwanted white patches.
  4. At two thirds full stop pouring and drop the jug to rest on the side of the glass, bringing the tip of the jug close to the surface of the crema
  5. Increase the flow to allow the foam to flow out which will create your bright white pattern surrounded by a dark crema canvas
  6. Have fun trying different patterns and shapes by moving the tip of the jug around the cup