Slideshow: How to Draw a Latte-Art Heart

Start with the right ingredients
Start with the right ingredients
In order to make art on your latte or cappuccino, you have to start with fresh espresso and just-steamed, microfoamed milk. For tips on steaming milk, check out the instructions here.
The sink
The sink
The first step of pouring any type of latte art is to "sink" the first bit of milk underneath the coffee, in order to form a kind of foundation. To do this, start by pouring your just-foamed milk from slightly high above the cup (two to three inches) in a slow and steady stream about the thickness of a mouse's tail.

No white should appear on top of the coffee yet. Continue to pour slowly until the cup is about a third full.

The dot
The dot
Once your cup is about a third full with milk and coffee, bring your pitcher down until it touches the side of the mug, and increase the volume of milk flowing out of your pitcher. (You should go from a mouse's tail to something more like an opossum's tail. Sort of.)

By bringing the pitcher down closer to the coffee and pouring a bit faster, you'll be able to start coaxing the foam that will create your design out of the back of your pitcher. You should see a dot of white start forming on the top of the coffee at this point, and it should expand outward as you pour more.

Who needs Russell Stover?
Who needs Russell Stover?
You're done, congrats! You win instant love points! Present this to your coffee-loving cuddle bunny to kick off the perfect Valentine's Day.