penguin latte art jibbi little

Penguin latte art by Jibbi Little

Jibbi Little shares a challenging penguin latte art design with a lot of character and two happy feet.

From the whimsical movie Happy Feet showing one penguin’s desire to dance, to Morgan Freeman’s majestic voice narrating the sometimes harsh March of the Penguins, the flightless birds have captivated people’s imaginations with their unique look, behaviour, and habitats.

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

Though both these films follow the huge emperor penguins of Antarctica, Australia has a native species of its own, the fairy or little penguins. Victoria’s Phillip Island is best known for its little penguin population, as is Western Australia’s Penguin Island, home to 1000 pairs of penguins during winter that featured in a movie of its own, Oddball, in 2015.

The penguin is a popular latte art design, but for my version, I’m going to get the scene and add a little extra detail. This pattern is complex and may prove difficult for beginners. It requires a good understanding of spacing to ensure the penguin looks right when the body connects with the wings. 

You’ll also need to understand how one technique will affect the look of another, such as pouring through the hearts in step one to draw the branch. 

A high level of proficiency is also needed to master the different sized and shaped rosettas, thickening your pour when moving from the body to the face, and the cunning eye technique used to provide the design with its character.

Getting the right shape for the face, eye, and beak will also likely take quite a bit of work to perfect.

This fairy penguin design is definitely a challenge, but the reward is the look on your customers’ faces when you reward them with a delicious coffee and equally impressive-looking latte art of a feathered, fluffy friend.

This article appears in the December 2019 edition of BeanScene Magazine. Subscribe HERE.

 

Jibbi Little’s Little Penguin

penguin latte art jibbi little

Step 1

With the handle at 12 o’clock, pour four small hearts from six to three o’clock, pulling through on the last heart to form a branch.

penguin latte art jibbi little

Step 2

Pour a nine-leaf rosetta from where this branch ends to roughly nine o’clock, then pull through.

penguin latte art jibbi little

Step 3

Turn the handle to three o’clock. Pour a five-leaf rosetta from the centre of the cup to the handle, then pull back through along the side, forming the first wing.

penguin latte art jibbi little

Step 4

Near the bottom heart of the first branch, pour a horizontal seven-leaf rosetta to the edge of the cup, forming the ground.

penguin latte art jibbi little

Step 5

Just to the left of the centre of the cup, pour a five-leaf rosetta, ending just before touching the ground. Then, pull back up along the side, forming a second wing.

penguin latte art jibbi little

Step 6

To create the body, start with a small heart just above the ground, pointing inwards. Pour a backwards question mark shape beginning from the bottom that connects both wings and ends with the loop above them.

penguin latte art jibbi little

Step 7

In the same motion but with a thicker foam, use the cunning eye technique to fill in the face and draw the eye. Pull through along the bottom to form a beak.

penguin latte art jibbi little

Step 8

Drop a small amount of foam below the second wing to form the tail, another larger drop to fill the body, and a small drop at one o’clock to form the moon.

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Jibbi Little presents her take on a classic fable.

The story of Little Red Riding Hood always stuck with me as a child.

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

Most people know the basics: a young girl goes to visit her grandmother, takes a shortcut through the woods, and encounters the Big Bad Wolf. She tells the hungry canine where she’s going, who beats her there and impersonates her grandmother. In most versions of the story, the wolf then eats Little Red Riding Hood.

The moral for children is to not talk to strangers, though I see a second lesson hidden in the beginning. Whether on a trip to a relative or learning a skill like latte art, shortcuts are rarely the best way to go about things and often don’t pay off in the long run.

Hard work does, however, and it took me to the World Latte Art Championship earlier this year. But that didn’t happen overnight. It was a long journey and Little Red Riding Hood reminded me why not to take the easy route.

Inspired by this classic fable, I presented this design at the 2019 Central Region Latte Art Championship, and it provided the base for the Mary Poppins pattern I took to the national and world championships.

Though the pattern looks complex, it’s actually made using several simple techniques. The true difficulty in this design lies in achieving the correct size and spacing to land that visual appeal. 

If the rosettas making the hair are uneven, or the long drag forming the hood is too thin, the pattern simply won’t look right. Because these are easy mistakes to make, it can also be tough to repeat the design time after time.

The easiest way to master this pattern – like many things in life – is to practice, stay on the correct path, and don’t mistake a wolf for your grandmother.

This article appears in the October 2019 edition of BeanScene Magazine. Subscribe HERE.

 

Jibbi Little’s Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Step 1

Build your base with the handle at two o’clock.

Little Red Riding Hood

Step 2

At eight o’clock, drag two small loops to form a hollow heart pointing towards the centre of the cup.

Little Red Riding Hood

Step 3

Pour an eight-leaf rosetta from the centre of the cup to the bottom and pull through.

Little Red Riding Hood

Step 4

Pour a second rosetta from the centre of the cup to 10 o’clock.

Little Red Riding Hood

Step 5

From here, drag a line across the top of the cup curving in around two o’clock and ending with a small spiral. This should resemble a question mark.

Little Red Riding Hood

Step 6

Pour a figure eight shape in the space between this last line and the rosetta.

Little Red Riding Hood

Step 7

On other side of rosetta, from the point you started the question mark, drag a short line ending with a curve at nine o’clock, then another from here to the point of the heart.

Little Red Riding Hood

Step 8

Finish with a small drop for the eye.

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One of my favourite books as a child was Fantastic Mr Fox. Many people are familiar with Wes Anderson’s animated film, but it actually began as a novel by Roald Dahl.

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

The book tells the story of an intelligent fox that steals food from a wealthy farmer to support his family. As I child, I connected with this story and it taught me the importance of family.

When I began conceptualising the patterns I would use this competition season – from the regional to world stage – I decided early on that I would use the stories I loved as a child as inspiration for my designs. Fantastic Mr Fox was one of the first books that came to mind, both because of its influence on me as a child, and the countless ways it could be brought to life. 

At each subsequent competition, I finetuned the design, working in different features, techniques, and levels of detail based on the time constraints and my ability to pour consistently. This pattern is the one I presented at the Australian Specialty Coffee Association Pauls Professional 2019 Australian Latte Art Championship in February at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo. For me, it finds a good middle ground between the repeatability of the regional version and complexity of my World Latte Art Championship (WLAC) design. This pattern is perfect for aspiring baristas to attempt to recreate in their own cafés.

Unfortunately, my WLAC journey was cut short in the semi-finals where I placed 11th out of 41 competitors. My experience taught me the value of preparation, knowing the rules and regulations, and – similar to how Fantastic Mr Fox did as a child – the value of my Australian coffee family. Thank you to everyone for their support throughout my WLAC campaign.

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

 

Jibbi Little’s Fantastic Mr Fox

Jibbi Little fox latte art

Step 1

Build your base with the cup handle positioned at three o’clock.

Jibbi Little fox latte art

Step 2

To start the body, pour a C-shape beginning three quarters down the middle of the cup and end near seven o’clock.

Jibbi Little fox latte art

Step 3

In one movement, draw a small loop from the end point of the C to the middle and back. Then, drag a line that is parallel to the start point of the C.

Step 4

Drag another line straight down the cup, beginning slightly higher than the C and connecting the two points of the body. Pour a second line forming a narrow V shape.

Jibbi Little fox latte art

Step 5

Pour a seven- to eight-leaf rosetta running along the top of the V. Drag up along the side of the rosetta, forming the neck.

Jibbi Little fox latte art

Step 6

From the mid-curve of the C, pour a 10-leaf rosetta up along the edge of the cup until 11 o’clock then drag through alongside the rosetta until you touch the C again, forming the tail.

Jibbi Little fox latte art

Step 7

From the top of the neck rosetta, drag a straight line up then diagonally down towards the point of the neck drag, stopping halfway. Drag back to meet the first line, forming the ear.

Jibbi Little fox latte art

Step 8

Drop a slight amount of foam then pull through along the last drag with a heavier volume of foam, forming the snout. A thin gap should be left between the snout and the ear to form the eye.