If any one word could describe a JapanLover, it would probably be “passionate.”
As with anything that we find enjoyable in life, it is passion that takes our interests into an entirely different level–even with things as potentially mundane like drinking coffee.
And for Sugi-san, that passion for the art of creating the perfect latte with the perfect matching art, brewed from a single cup of latte. Let us get to know him, this incredible latte artist!
A Simple Origin: Sugi-san and his espresso machine
My name is Sugi. I live with my family in Japan.
I create my latte art with an espresso machine that I acquired March of last year.
It started out as a hobby I spent my time with at home.
I don’t go to fancy cafes or coffee houses and I like to make my own.
It started when I saw a few latte art videos on YouTube. Seeing other latte artists creating these works of art made me want to try my own hand at it.
And much of what I can do now, I learned through trial and error.
Becoming Nowtoo, the Latte Artist
“Nowtoo” is actually a variation of my name. I just used it as my handle. I liked it because it has another meaning, like “continuing” or “even until now.”
Most of the ideas I have for my latte art comes as requests from my followers. Sometimes, I write JOJO and other movie and anime characters from the series that I enjoy personally. As for the images that I use in my art, I use reference photos that I just pull up from Google.
And writing characters in latte art is quite difficult as well like “Howl’s Moving Castle”, “Slam Dunk”, or even “Sailormoon.”
The Latte Art Process
It takes about five minutes for simple characters like Snoopy or other cartoons that are usually made for kids. But more complicated characters from manga and anime like Sailormoon or Card Captor Sakura take around fifteen minutes to make.
The basics you need to create latte art are the following: an espresso pod, milk that you can easily manage or work with, and I use Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Sometimes I like to use other kinds of syrups like strawberry, blue curacao or green tea when certain pieces need color.
The most important thing to keep in mind when creating latte art is establishing a good “canvass” to work on. Your canvass is basically air, containing milk.
So it is important to find your own technique to beat air into the milk. It’s part of the trial and error process, but doing it often will gradually help you learn and improve your art.
Here’s a tip: I usually put air to 20℃ by using a thermometer, and then mix it into 60℃.
As for 3D latte art, it might look more difficult, but if you have the basics mastered, it is actually easier some times. It’s because you don’t have to do much drawing, just creating the shapes and adding really simple detail.
Nowtoo’s Latte Art Gallery
Which latte art below is your favorite..?