Coffee Art Tips: With 6x UK Latte Art Champion Dhan Tamang

There’s nothing better than warming up in wintertime with a hot beverage, especially when it includes freshly ground coffee!

The 6x UK Latte Art Champion and founder/director of @coffeelabuk, Dhan Tamang, shares his five favourite recipes along with tips and tricks to perfect the art of barista-style coffee at home.

We’re talking spiced chai lattes, luxury hot chocolate to warm you from within, and classic coffee recipes along with so much more!

The Art of Milk Steaming

Although it may sound simple, there is an art to steaming milk.

With Dhan’s helpful how-to guide, you’ll be able to steam like a pro!

Latte Love at Home

A latte is essentially the big brother of a cappuccino and revolves around soft, silky milk with a single, or double, shot of espresso.

Create the perfect latte with the following ratio: 1/3 espresso and 2/3 steamed milk.


–           36ml Espresso (Double Shots)

–           250ml Milk


Pour the espresso shots into the centre of a jug about 10-12cm above the cup to puncture through the caffe crema and bring it higher up the cup. You may find it easier to tilt the cup slightly towards you to get the jug closer to you in the later stages of the pour.

When the cup is half full, lower the jug towards the centre of the caffe crema, with the angle of the jug dipped slightly downwards. “Wiggle” the jug a couple of times to tease the foam out.

Stop wiggling, but keep pouring in the centre, with the jug in the dipped position.

Just before the cup is full, pour forwards, lifting the jug slightly higher to drag the foam into a heart shape.

Perfect Espresso Martini

Calling all the cocktail and coffee lovers out there, this one is for you!

Strong and sweet with a subtle kick, the Espresso Martini requires freshly brewed espresso, coffee liquor, sugar syrup and a dash of vodka! It will be sure to keep you dancing throughout late-night partying!


–           50 ml Vodka

–           35ml Kahlua

–           36ml espresso (Double shots)

–           15ml maple syrup

–           And iced cubes


Add all the ingredients and ice into a shaker.

Shake for 15 – 20 seconds to get a velvety foam.

Strain into a martini or cocktail glass.

Garnish with 3 coffee beans.

Luxury Hot Chocolate

Rich and indulgent with just the right amount of sweet, a luxury hot chocolate topped with cream and marshmallows is the perfect winter warmer!


–           20 grams of chocolate powder

–           150 ml hot steamed milk

–           Whip cream

–           Marshmallows

–           Chocolate sprinkles


Mix the chocolate powder with hot water.

Steam milk and pour into a cup. Add the marshmallows, chocolate flakes/sprinkles.

Spiced Chai Latte

Full of spices including cinnamon, cardamom and ginger, a cup of spiced chai latte will be sure to make you feel cosy and warm from within!


–           20g spiced chai powder

–           150ml milk

–           36ml Espresso (Double shots)

–           Cinnamon stick and sprinkles


Mix the spice chai powder with espresso.

Steam milk and pour into a cup. Add cinnamon sprinkles and a cinnamon stick on top.

Café Mocha

Sweetly satisfy your tastebuds with a twist on the classic coffee! Cafe mocha is best described as a ‘chocolately-coffee’ as it combines shots of espresso with smooth chocolate.


–           2 shots of espresso

–           250ml milk

–           25ml/g chocolate syrup / powder


Mix the chocolate powder with a Double espresso.

Steam milk and pour into a cup. Add chocolate flakes/sprinkles.

About Dhan

Dhan is the UK Latte Art Champion of 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, as well as a finalist at the 2016 World Latte Art Championship. He is also a founder and director of Coffee Lab UK, which now has eight branches, and offers barista training from basic to advanced level. Originally from Nepal, Dhan has been leading the way in the world of coffee since his move to the UK!

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