All courses are available for individual purchase with lifetime access (as per this page), or as part of our affordable BH Unlimited subscription.
Latte art has gone from an occasional novelty in third-wave coffee shops to a signature of modern coffee culture. It’s no longer just the domain of specialty coffee; it’s been widely adopted all around the world, practiced from the kitchens of home baristas to the shop floors of mass chains. At Barista Hustle we recognise customers assume baristas have mastered this part of their craft — and those expectations can feel intimidating. We also understand how difficult and time-consuming it can be to pass on to other baristas the skills required for this complex craft.
This is why we’ve put together a complete training and certification platform to help you master these skills. Latte art can be fun and impressive, once you’ve got the hang of it.
With more than 40 videos and 50 lessons, drip-fed to you over three weeks, the Barista Hustle Milk Science and Latte Art course takes you from dairy to cup — teaching you everything from milk chemistry to practical technique. With a new and intuitive visual Latte Art Lexicon, we demystify and break down the steps required to produce stunning latte art. Through deconstructing known milk jug manoeuvres then working through latte art patterns with you, we steadily approach more complex patterns featuring an increasing number of elements. We start all of this with a comprehensive look at the science behind your milk and your foam.
Successful completion of the challenging final assessment will result in a Barista Hustle Milk Science and Latte Art Certification.
Chapter 1 lays the framework for a holistic understanding of all the ingredients a barista works with when performing latte art. We explore the practice of dairy farming and dairy processing. We interview a dairy farmer to get an insider’s view of cows’ diets and a better understanding of what improves cows’ nutrition. We learn what it takes to produce milk that has the desired qualities of texture and flavour.
In Chapter 2 we go deep into the chemistry of milk and milk foam, with the assistance of Steven Abbott, a professor of surfactant science. In particular, we examine what holds bubbles together and what can make them deteriorate.
Chapter 3 moves the discussion to the cafe environment and examines what the espresso machine does, from a scientific and technical perspective, in the production of foam. From the barista’s perspective, we also look closely at the physical challenges of creating latte art. We study ways of holding and moving the pitcher, as well as the impact of the pitcher’s design.
Chapter 4 is all about the brush strokes, so to speak. How fast should you pour, and when? From what height? We also look into the psychological aspects of training your muscles to perform complex motor tasks, particularly under the pressure of professional competition or a high-volume workflow.
In Chapter 5 we begin to deconstruct the fundamental latte art designs, approaching them in progressive order of difficulty: first the monk’s head, then the heart, and then the tulip. We introduce the concept of flow profiling. This gives you precise details on the flow rates Barista Hustle Artist in Residence Shinsaku Fukayama uses to construct his amazing versions of classic latte art designs.
Chapter 6 workshops the rosetta in minute detail. Step by step, we teach you skills that will add smoothness to your pours and help you increase detail.
Chapter 7 ties all the iconography and nomenclature for modern latte art together and presents it to you as the Latte Art Lexicon. We walk you through how to use this tool to deconstruct advanced patterns.
What happens after I buy the course?
After purchase, you will gain a membership on this website granting you access to the course.
Is the course online?
Yes, the course is 100% online! All you need is a computer or mobile device and an internet connection. You don’t need to be in Australia to take the course.
How long does it take to complete the course?
The course will take maximum 30 hours if you include text, video explanations, assessments, and at-home experiments. This time is spaced out across four weekly instalments.
You don’t have to take the course on this schedule. The three weeks is just our recommended pace. Once the chapters are available to you, you can access them at any time forever.
What do I get?
You get lifetime access to seven chapters, over 40 in-depth videos, the visual aide for the Latte Art Lexicon, and a Barista Hustle Accredited Certificate upon completion of the course.
How hard is the course?
The course is challenging but far from impossible to study and comprehend. The videos dive into more difficult concepts and explain them further. The comprehensive tests at the end of each chapter will also help you to apply these concepts to everyday coffee making.
What if I have questions?
Email us at [email protected] and we’ll answer your questions as quickly as possible!
What is the certification process?
You have to complete each lesson and comprehension test, then pass the final assessment (85% or higher) to achieve certification. Proof of certification will be located on the BH site. You’ll be able to share the link with prospective employers. Your certificate is also printable and keeps its unique security ID.
Can I share the course with my friends?
Each user will have to pay for their own access to the course. We reserve the right to limit the number of IP addresses that access the course for each account and revoke access.
Is there live tutoring or webinars available?
In our efforts to make this course affordable and accessible to all Baristas, we’ve opted to make the content always accessible and non-interactive.
How long do I have access?
You pay once and have lifetime access.
Do I have to be a Barista Hustle subscriber to take the course?
Nope! Anyone can buy access to the course.
Can I retake the test if I don’t pass?
You have unlimited resits on the test.
Is it mobile-friendly?
What’s the refund policy?
If you’re not happy with the course, we’ll give you a full refund. Simple.
Do I need an espresso machine, refractometer, or any other special equipment?
No. We’ve designed this course to help everyone that makes latte art or works with milk-based coffee drinks, regardless of their equipment. Practicing the manoeuvres and designs required for latte art may prove difficult without access to a machine however.
Is it suitable for beginner-level home or service baristas?
If you can hold a milk pitcher — this course is for you.
Is it only offered in English?
For now, yes. We are working on making translations available in several languages later on down the line. Stay tuned!
The course is limited to one IP address. Can I sign in from multiple devices?
Yes! Multiple devices or locations are okay, but we’re mainly on the lookout for large scale abuse.