fairy rabbit latte art

Fairy Rabbit latte art by Jibbi Little

Jibbi Little takes to the skies with a fanciful flying fairy rabbit that combines two of her favourite designs.

By the time many of you read this, I will have competed in the World Latte Art Championship. For now, however, I am dedicating all my time to training. With Easter just past and me about to take flight to Germany for World of Coffee in Berlin, I thought there’s no better time than to combine these events in the form of my flying Fairy Rabbit design.

Jibbi Little
Jibbi Little of Jibbijug is the 2019 ASCA Pauls Professional Australian Latte Art Champion.

Combination actually played a part in the conception of this design. The idea behind it was really quite simple. My rabbit and angel designs were quite popular, so I thought, ‘why not bring them together?’

The result is a design that is cute and appeals to peoples’ love of fantasy and fairy tales. While the rabbit itself is front and centre in the design, elements like a tree to the side and the sun at the top add an extra level of character and scene setting.

It may seem simple at first, but the design requires multiple techniques from dragging and dropping to wrapping and rosettas, and prowess in one underappreciated discipline – manoeuvring the wrist. You can’t perform some of the intricacies of this design without being able to subtly rotate your wrist as the body, head, and ears of the rabbit curve.

Like most designs, with practice and persistence, any up and coming barista can master this pattern. In latte art, you can never stop improving and practice is key. For instance, at the time of writing, I am deep in preparation for Worlds and will stay that way until I fly out to Berlin at the start of June. My World Latte Art Championship patterns have been set for a long time, so now my focus is on developing a consistent routine and perfecting my ability to perform these designs.

While the Fairy Rabbit design doesn’t appear in my World Latte Art Championship routine, it is a pattern I enjoy and I think many of you will too. Join me next time when I delve into one of the designs I shared on the world stage.

This article appears in the June edition of BeanScene Magazine. Subscribe HERE.

 

Jibbi Little’s Fairy Rabbit

fairy rabbi latte art

Step 1

Build your base with the handle at 12 o’clock. In one continuous movement, draw a C-shape from the bottom of the cup, pour a drop of milk foam below the top point, and drag it down past the bottom of the C.

fairy rabbi latte art

Step 2

Turn the handle to three o’clock. Draw a small heart at the bottom of the C with the point touching the rabbit’s body to form a tail.

fairy rabbi latte art

Step 3

Turn the handle to six o’clock. Draw a seven-leaf rosetta starting from the body. Drag and pull up along the left edge to reconnect.

fairy rabbi latte art

Step 4

Pour a second seven-leaf rosetta from where the drag meets the body to form a second wing.

fairy rabbi latte art

Step 5

Pour a seven-leaf rosetta straight across from one o’clock to 11 o’clock then drag down the centre.

fairy rabbi latte art

Step 6

Back where the upper wing meets the body, drag out a thin loop that runs half the length of the wing. Do this a second time with the same end point. This should look like the McDonald’s ‘M’ with the bottom points pressed together.

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Step 7

Draw a circle at the top of the body and continue to wrap to form the head. Leave an empty space for the eye. If you can, use the cunning eye technique created by 2018 World Latte Art Champion Arnon Thitiprasert.

fairy rabbi latte art

Step 8

Turn the handle to nine o’clock and finish with a dot at six o’clock representing the sun.

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Jibbi Little
Jibbi Little of Jibbijug is the 2019 ASCA Pauls Professional Australian Latte Art Champion.

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For my first edition, I’m demonstrating my beautiful butterfly, a deceivingly challenging pattern. Don’t be fooled by its fluttering wings – it’s not just about how many rosettas you can pour down the cup, it’s about technique – continuous movement, correct hand position, and a tricky eye at the end inspired by 2017 World Latte Art Champion Arnon Thitiprasert’s Cunning Eye technique. But it’s all in the name of fun. I want you to enjoy the challenge, practice hard, pour thousands of cups, and keep trying until you produce something that brings a smile to your face and that of your customers. So come along on the ride, and let’s try some latte art. 

Jibbi Little’s butterfly

butterfly latte art

Step 1

With your cup handle facing nine o’clock and the cup positioned in your fingertips, build up your base. 

butterfly latte art

Step 2

In the centre of the cup, pour a three-leaf tulip to create the first wing.

butterfly latte art

Step 3

Underneath, pour six single tulips down the cup, with each one slightly overlapping each other in height, side by side. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a nine-leaf tulip in one go, pushing in one layer into the next down the cup.

butterfly latte art

Step 4

At the base of the last tulip drop, drag your pour in one long line along the right hand side of the pattern until the start of your first tulip. 

butterfly latte art

Step 5

Continue the same drag and in one fluid movement pour a 10-leaf rosetta down the right hand side of the cup, in a tight squiggle action, or lots of little ‘S’ shapes. 

butterfly latte art

Step 6

At the end of the rosetta, continue the drag of your pour up along the left hand side back to the top of the rosetta, but leaving a gap between the crema and white of the milk foam. This will form the butterfly’s wing.

butterfly latte art

Step 7

Rotate the cup handle to three o’clock. Pour a seven-leaf rosetta and pull up on the right hand side to create the butterfly’s body.

butterfly latte art

Step 8

To create the butterfly head, pour a semi circle or Q shape at the end of the body. Then, fill the middle with another pour, leaving a little gap of the coffee crema to show contrast. This will give the illusion of an eye.

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