Latte Art Tutorial: How To Choose The Right Jug/Pitcher for Latte Art?

As a beginner, we have doubts about what kind of pitcher/jug to pour good latte art. To pour latte art on different types of cups or espresso beverage, we need to combine with different jug/pitcher with the correct measurement of milk in the pitcher. The most common latte art pours, are Cafe latte and cappuccino. Accurate milk measurement will produce enough aeration during the steaming of milk. Below are the measurement commonly used:

1. For 6oz Cappuccino pour on the cup using a 12oz pitcher.

2. For 8oz Cappuccino pour on a to-go cup using a 12oz pitcher.

3. For 8oz Cafe Latte pour using a 12oz Pitcher.

4. For 12oz cafe latte pour using a 20oz pitcher.

5. For 16oz Cafe Latte pour using a 20oz pitcher.

6. For 20oz Cafe Latte pour using a 36oz pitcher.


Now that you have chosen the right cup and pitcher for latte art. You need to consider your budget and brand of jug/pitcher to use for your pour. The specs that we need to consider when choosing Pitcher/Jug for latte art are:

1. The Weight 

- Lightweight Pitcher is more comfortable to handle during the pour. You can feel the flow during the pour using a lightweight pitcher.
- Heavyweight Pitcher usually using cheaper Grade quality of stainless steel, it's not comfortable for handling long pour or practice.

2. The Size / Capacity

- Usually, milk jug/pitcher has two standard sizes, which are 12oz +/- or 20oz +/-. You need to choose your capacity depends on your pour; however, it's possible to find a larger or smaller pitcher base on your needs. 

3. The shape

- To get proper froth of steamed milk for latte art. The correct shape of Pitcher is essential for the barista to get whirlpool effect during steaming of milk. If the jug is too narrow, there is not enough room for milk to move.  The jug/pitcher should be in a conical or an A-shaped broad base with a thinner neck.

4. Spout

- Latte art pitcher spout comes with a different combination of designs for pouring latte art.
*Sharp Spout - to create fines lines during the pour and more complex pour
*Round Spout - for the beginner or all-rounded pour

5. Handle/Grip

- Latte art pitcher comes in two types, Handle and handleless. It depends on how you like to hold the pitcher during the pour. Both works using different muscles during the pour. When using handled pitcher, most of the time wrist are at work to create the ripple while a handleless pitcher is using the elbow to create the ripple.

Handled Pitcher

Handleless Pitcher

-Using wrist to control art

-Easier to create fine lines example, ripple heart, rosetta

-Using elbow to control pitcher movement

-Usually used to create more significant lines example create leaf latte art, slow ripple heart, slow base wing tulip.


6. Material

- Latte Art pitcher is made from food-grade stainless steel. It must be robust enough to survive repeated being heated and washed. The surface must be rust, corrosion-resistant, and not allow bacteria growth. Food grade stainless steel is usually identified by the number 304 or as 18/8 or 18/10. The first number (18) refers to the percentage of chromium while the second number (8 or 10) refers to the percentage of nickel.

7. Design

-Latte art pitcher/jug is designed to create a more personalized pitcher to latte artist. Price varies on the packaging/coating/design of the pitcher. Ordinary stainless steel pitcher is quite bland and serves the purpose to froth milk only. Latte art pitcher is specially made to perform to steam and pour latte art.