~A Study In Foam~

My Very First Successful Tulip

Latte art, originating in Seattle, Washington, has become a form of competitive art experienced by baristas around the world. Created when the heavy microfoam of steamed milk blends with shots of espresso, competitions are hosted around the world to discover the best of the best latte artists. In particular, Japanese and Korean cultures study latte art intensively, classes available to teach those interested how to create everything from hearts and tulips of swans and scorpions.

I began doing latte art a few months ago, mainly so that I could tell whether or not I was foaming the milk correctly. A properly made latte, one that tastes perfect in every way, should always be able to yield some form of art, whether that be a tulip or even something simpler, like a round, white dot. Next time you go to your local coffee shop, ask your barista if they can make latte art. If they can, I guarantee you will make their day a little brighter.



Welcome to Malawi and Magnolias, an online diary of a barista battling an endless desire to travel. Being a college student, I rarely have the means (or the money) to travel everywhere I would like to go, but a year ago I discovered a unique way to explore the cultures of the world: Coffee!

calebWorking for Starbucks, I was allowed to pursue and obtain a certification known as Coffee Master, and while I successfully completed the initial certification process, the knowledge I gained and the passion I ignited led me down an endless path of growth. Knowing this is just the beginning for me, my dream is to travel around the world, studying the culture of places I journey to through their coffee. No matter where this journey takes me, however, I’ll always have a deep love for the South.

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope that you will continue on and join me on my journey around the world, filling out our Coffee Passports along the way and learning a little more about Southern culture.