According to good ‘ol wiki (because I could not have put it any better myself),
“Latte art is a style of pouring steamed milk into a shot of espresso that creates a pattern or design on the surface of the resulting latte. It can also be created or embellished by simply “drawing” in the top layer of foam. Latte art is particularly difficult to create consistently, due to the demanding conditions required of both the espresso shot and milk. This, in turn, is limited by the experience of the barista and quality of the espresso machine. The pour itself, then, becomes the last challenge for the latte artist.”
I have never had art in my latte and I probably never will because I don’t like lattes. On the other hand, I wouldn’t mind having a sesame sweet “soup” dessert with a milk design in it (the picture didn’t have any captions indicating what it was, so I assumed it was sesame).
Here are some more examples of some very cute latte art I found around the web.
You should also go ahead and check out Art in My Coffee, which is a site dedicated to this kind of foamy awesomeness.
Because it’s almost Valentine’s Day, here’s a video teaching you how to pour a heart