How To Pour A Dragon

By Ted Bendixson

The Dragon pour is a variation on the Rosetta, so it will be extremely important for you to have a very good understanding of how to pour a Rosetta first. We have a handy Rosetta tutorial available that will help you along greatly in this process. Also, don't forget to get out your small metal pointed object to draw some definition into your Dragon. It's okay if you don't have one, however, because a Dragon with no drawn on features looks a lot like a Swan. You'll be safe either way.

No matter what kind of animals you are creating, you will need high quality espresso and great milk foam in order to make them. Don't forget to angle your steam wand to the edge of the steam pitcher to get the milk to swirl around the inside when you near the end of the steaming process. This swirling action will give your milk a nice even texture perfect for creating latte art. Not only will you make great art, you will also be making a great tasting cup of coffee.

The Dragon pour is very similar to the Rosetta pour in many respects. There are a few key differences, however. When you make a Rosetta, you usually begin in the center of the cup. The Dragon pour starts on the side of the cup toward the center. You will be using the same wrist wiggle for The Dragon as you would for a rosetta. A well done Dragon looks kind of like it's emerging from the bottom of a Rosetta. That is where The Dragon gets its bottom coils.

As you continue your pour, allow the bottom coils to bunch up on the bottom of the coffee cup. Depending on how many layers you want the coils to have, you can continue the wrist wiggling or you can move on to creating The Dragon's neck. It's all up to you. Eventually, however, you will want to create a thin s-shaped stream of foam moving from the coils to the head, which will be sort of heart-shaped. You can easily free draw this shape with the milk foam as long as you keep the steam pitcher very close to the brown crema foam. By close, we mean almost touching.

Finish off your s-shape with an oval shaped head. In many ways, The Dragon is a free-pour shape. As long as you stick to the basic formula, you should be fine. Lift up your steam pitcher and take it away. It's time to give some extra definition to your dragon's head.

Many people like to use the small pointed metal object to create a tongue for their dragon. You will do this by starting inside the dragon's white foam head, and you will make quick outward motions into the brown crema. The faster you make these motions and the more fine-tipped your metal object is, the more authentically dragon-looking the features will be. You will also probably want to make eyes for your dragon. Take some brown foam by dipping your pointed metal object into it, and begin to draw. The rest is up to your imagination and individual creativity.

The Dragon is a fun one because everyone has a unique way of doing it. When you are finished with yours, upload it to our gallery and show it off. We can't wait to see what you can do with this combination formal and free pour design!

Learn more about making Latte Art in our Latte Art How To!