B1 5.05 – Heart – Placing and Cutting

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Heart – Placing and Cutting

Learning a Two-Element Pattern

The heart is a two-element design. It calls upon the same techniques as the monk’s head, but the final 2 seconds of the heart design require you to perform a cutting technique directly through the centre of the design. Early attempts at cutting through a design might result in spills because applying the ‘brake’ for a milk pitcher takes some practice. It’s really quite simple, though: to arrest the flow of milk after you complete a design, simply lower the elbow of your arm that is holding the pitcher.  

Video: the brake

To ensure the heart design has a pronounced valley at the top (the bottom of the design as viewed by the barista) you can increase your flow rate even higher than you might for the monk’s head.

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