If you and your SO are bored of regular coffee dates where you just drink the stuff, why not take a latte art class together?
Learning a new skill together is a great shared experience for couples and it’s good fun too 🙂
With a little practice, making beautiful latte art can be easier than you think – and it’s really satisfying when you get it right the first time.
Here’s where you can learn to make Instagram-quality lattes together in London!
1. London School Of Coffee
Best for: An all-day coffee masterclass
Want to go to coffee boot camp? Of course you do!
If you’re a serious coffee lover, why not book a full day course with London School Of Coffee?
Learn the mechanics of preparing milk for artisan lattes before making picturesque latte art including hearts, rosettas and leaves.
Classes run from 9:30 until 4:00 p.m., but you can also take shorter evening classes if you’d rather.
💰 £75 for half day course / £125 for full day
🕓 6.5 hours / 3 hours
2. Department Of Coffee And Social Affairs
Best for: learning the science of the perfect espresso
Artisan lattes are so satisfying to create, but before you can pour a picture-perfect coffee, you’ll need to start by getting the espresso shot just right…
The Department of Coffee and Social Affairs runs a series of hugely popular two hour evening classes where you’ll get right down to the nitty-gritty of coffee making great coffee like a Barista.
You’ll learn your way around the espresso machine, discover the correct process to make tasty shots, and – of course – pour that immaculate latte art.
They’re frequently sold out, so bookmark the page and check back to be in with a chance of getting a spot!
🕓 2 hours
🚆 Multiple locations
3. Origin Coffee
Best for: affordability and choice
Origin Coffee’s enthusiast courses aren’t just for latte lovers : they also offer filter brewing courses and educational sessions about how coffee is harvested, roasted and brewed.
Sample a range of single origin coffees and learn about the journey of coffee from bean to cup, before making the perfect brew together.
Classes offered include Latte Art Enthusiast, Home Filter Brewing and Home Espresso.
The Latte Art course is only £30, so you and your date can learn a new skill for less than the cost of dinner and a movie.
💰 from £30 (Latte Art) to £80 (Home Espresso)
🕓 2-3 hours, depending on course
4. Workshop Coffee
Best for: upping your home brewing game
Workshop Coffee offer two classes at their Bethnal Green roastery.
Learn how to buy better coffee and all about different brewing methods including the French Press, the V60 Pourover and the AeroPress.
Introduction To Espresso And Milk
Learn the different ways of steaming milk for different textures (smooth and velvety or frothy and light?) that suit different drinks, dispel myths about coffee and troubleshoot common mistakes.
💰 £45 (Home Brewing) / £85 (Intro To Espresso And Milk)
🕓 2.5 hours
🚆 Bethnal Green
Best for: a one-on-one class just for you and your date
If you’ve not yet heard of Independent Aussie/Kiwi-owned coffee shop Kaffeine, you should definitely check them out – they’re one of the pioneering brands in London’s coffee scene and have appeared on countless lists of London’s best cafés.
Kaffeine’s fortnightly latte art classes cover coffee bean selection, using the grinder, tamping, dosing and extracting the coffee, plus steaming the milk for different textures.
Classes are for up to six people, but if you have the cash to splash and want a class just for you and your date, they offer in depth classes with a personal instructor. Perfect as a unique gift for a special occasion!
💰 £50 per person for standard class / £195 for a private class for two
🕓 2.5 hours
6. Prufrock Coffee
Best for : a morning date
Need some serious caffeine to wake you up on a Saturday morning? If your usual brew won’t cut it, why not book a morning coffee class with Prufrock Coffee?
Their Introduction To Latte Art course starts at 10:00 a.m., so you won’t have to drag yourselves out of bed too early, but you’ll still be done in time for a lazy weekend brunch.
Learn how to steam milk to create smooth, glossy microfoam before learning three freehand pouring patterns.
You’ll leave with new skills in the art of coffee and plenty of energy for the rest of the day!
🕓 2.5 hours
7. Artisan Coffee School
Best for: geeking out over the details
Artisan Coffee School offers a huge variety of coffee courses for both baristas and at-home enthusiasts, so whatever level you’re at you can be sure to find a class to improve your technique amongst their programme.
If you’re the kind of person who likes attention to detail and knowing exactly how things work, this could be the course for you.
Learn in-depth about the science of steaming and pouring milk to create those classic patterns and go away armed with plenty of coffee facts (handy for impressing your friends, even if you’re not planning a career in coffee).
Do you know how the proteins and fats in dairy interact to produce the perfect latte foam? You will after this!
🕓 3 hours
8. Flotsam And Jetsam
Best for: a whistle stop tour
Flotsam and Jetsam is a relative youngster in London but has grown an excellent reputation with several awards from Time Out.
Their Barista Basics evening class packs a lot of knowledge into a short two hours.
Learn about coffee growing and production, the different flavours and aromas, extract shots, steam milk for different drinks and pour latte art.
They even provide some light refreshments and you’ll go away with a bag of Allpress beans and instructional booklets so that you don’t forget what you’ve learned!
🕓 2 hours
9. BARista BARBAR
Best for: Learning from the experts – plus vegan latte options!
BARista BARBAR were awarded Best Barista Training Provider at Lux’s Food And Drink Awards and have spent over a decade training baristas in London, so you know their coffee courses are a safe bet.
Courses run every week at their unique training centre in central London. Their latte art course will introduce you to everything you need to create beautiful lattes, including free pouring techniques.
Their Basic Barista course is also the only London-based barista course covering non-dairy milks, so if you’re vegan or plant-based, you can still enjoy making lattes together!
💰 £85 (Latte Art) / £79.95 with certificate or £69.95 without for Basic Barista course
🕓 3 hours
10. Credo Coffee
Best for: learning barista milk 101
Credo Coffee’s signature classes – including Barista Introduction, Latte Art and Espresso Secrets – are a great way to spend a couple of hours.
The Latte class has a strong focus on the milk preparation aspect of latte art, including:
- The different types of milk and their properties
- Steaming, stretching and texturing the milk for different coffee drinks
- Milk chemistry
- Milk storage and preservation
- Split pouring techniques
- … and of course how to pour those stunning patterns!
💰 £80 for signature classes
🕓 2 hours
🚆 Wood Green
Honourable Mention: Taylor Street Baristas Coffee Tasting Masterclass
Best for: becoming an expert coffee taster
Okay, so this one isn’t a latte art class, but it deserves to be on this list!
If you’ve never tasted coffee like fine wine before, then you’ll find this an eye opening experience.
Learn how to identify different ‘notes’ of flavours in coffee (who knew tobacco, bergamot and cooking chocolate could be so delicious together?), plus what can affect the taste of your brew and how to distinguish bitter, sweet and acidic tastes.
🕓 2 hours