Slideshow SLIDESHOW: Latte Art We Love

Who's drinking whom? [Photograph: Flickr user dryhead]

"Serious" coffee people don't always go in for all that latte-art stuff, but every once in a while you stumble across an example just too good not to swoon over. From graceful free-poured rosettas to painstakingly etched portraits, here's a slideshow of some stunners I've been drooling over lately.

Latte art is tricky to learn at first, though beginner baristas can start to conquer hearts and flowers within a few months. Gems like these, however, aren't the work of any amateur latte artists: It can take years—years!—to master the craft and start churning out breath-takers. "Too pretty to drink" doesn't seem to do some of them examples.

Need more of a fix? Check out this collection by Flickr user nodie26, or follow latte whiz and Handsome Coffee Roasters barista Christopher "Nicely" Alameda on Instagram. (His handle is nicely85.)

Want to learn how to do your own latte art? Spin through these tutorials:
How to Draw a Rosetta on Your Coffee
How to Draw a Tulip on Your Coffee
How to Draw a Latte-Art Heart

About the author: Erin Meister trains baristas and inspires coffee-driven people for Counter Culture Coffee. She's a confident barista, an audacious eater, and a smiling runner, but she remains a Nervous Cook.

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