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Hot chocolate is an all time comfort drink, so I wanted to create a recipe that stayed true to that feeling. Recently, our ArcheLoft curator, Maria, traveled down to Mexico and brought back some melting chocolates to make Mexican Hot Chocolate. She told me how much she just loved Mexican hot chocolate and what made it so special – depth in flavors and a smooth, creamy texture.

Finding inspiration in her story, I experimented with the flavors of Mexican chocolates and came up with The Sweet Maria, a drink that play on the personality of ArcheLoft’s Maria – sweet and comforting with a surprising amount of heat that is easily calmed with a bit of chocolate!

It’s all in the prep: I stew together cinnamon sticks with sweetened condensed milk, fresh chili peppers, almonds, and cocoa powder for a few hours until the mixture is creamy and thick. Half of this mixture is added to a cup and the cup is then filled up with creamy steamed milk, topped with cinnamon.

Latte Art Love - The Misfits - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

We love the holiday classics, like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. What are your favourite holiday classics?

Coffee: Fratello Coffee – Godfather

The Beehive Calgary

We really … really are Coffee Geeks. Elle recalibrated and deep cleaned the espresso machine last night and went to bed without having a coffee – well, because she was going to bed! Ironically, she couldn’t sleep a wink because she really, really want to have the very first last latte after the cleaning – they are always the best!

So, she got up and made this wonderful latte to thank the Queen Bee of the local business, The Beehive! Sandra of The Beehive handcrafts all out “Indulge In Coffee” bath and beauty products! Our very own coffee beans are infused into lip balms, soaps, and body scrubs – all made from natural ingredients and honey from local hives.

Sandra is passionate about her products and we are so happy to support such a great local business. Check out The Beehive in Kensington today!

Coffee: Fratello Coffee – Godfather

Latte Art Love - Storm of X-Men

Almond milk is usually a difficult medium to work with. It usually does not foam well and when it does foam, giant bubbles cover the surface! A barista cannot draw latte art if the surface is marred with big bubbles!

Thanks to Allison, co-owner of Latte Art Love, we found an almond milk brand that foams almost as good as REAL milk! The drawing of Storm of X-men was created on an almond milk latte!

Coffee: Fratello Coffee – Godfather

Latte Art Love - Snow White

Latte Art - Disney Princess - Snow WhiteToday is Throwback Thursday and Elle remade a Snow White coffee art that was first sketched in April 2014. In April, Snow White was drawn into the latte with espresso crema straight from the cup. The art was distinguishable, but the lines were thick and blurry.

Today, we do our coffee art with Ghirardelli Chocolate Syrup, a rich, smooth, and dark treat, which allows us to add depth and clarity to our art!

We work on our art as much as we can, finding ways to draw more quality artwork and to keep flavor changes to a minimum.

Coffee: Fratello Coffee – Godfather


Latte Latte Love - Nicolas Cage

This was a a twitter request from @citrusphoto – here’s Nicolas Cage as Nicolas Caffe! I was trying to make him look overly caffeinated, but it didn’t turn out as well as I wanted ….

Coffee: Fratello Coffee – Godfather

Latte Art Love - Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I’m always really hesitant to do realistic art of people. I’m much more comfortable drawing anime versions – people are turned into cuter, chubbier, & more animated characters. I, however, have some leftover confidence from yesterday’s fantastic public cafe event that I decided to give it a try with today’s Mighty Monday!

Here’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer played by Sarah Michelle Gellar!

Coffee: Fratello Coffee – Godfather

Latte Art Love - Sixth Doctor

I’m having trouble making dry lattes in my TARDIS mug … in order to be able to draw art in the TARDIS, the foam has to be minimal. For some reason, the foam separates much quickly in the TARDIS than in any other mug – that makes it very difficult to draw detailed artwork. It must be a timey wimey thing!

Today, we have the sixth Doctor Who played by Colin Baker in the TARDIS.

Coffee: Fratello Coffee – Godfather

Latte Art Love - Necronomicon

Our latte art of Ash Williams of Evil Dead prompted a request for the Necronomicon! So, here’s a haunted latte for your Wednesday morning – it looks a little bit like a zombie bulldog though …

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Latte Art Love - Ash Williams of Evil Dead

Did you guess who the silhouette on our instagram channel belonged to? It was an easy one, if you’re a fan of the movie series – Evil Dead!

The latte art silhouette belonged to Ash William, protagonist of The Evil Dead franchise.

Coffee: Fratello Coffee – Godfather