What is latte art? Always up on the latest food trends,  Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre welcomes Latte Art Love, a pop up coffee catering and café to our stage in the BMO Marketplace, Hall A. on Saturday July 11th at 8:30PM. Their hand crafted coffees are almost too beautiful to drink!  Elle Nguyen and Allison East are co-owners of Latte Art Love.

For a full list of presenters on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage please visit the Western Showcase website.

Calgary Stampede (CS): Briefly tell us about yourself and what your typical day looks like.

Latte Art Love cowgirl

Elle Nguyen: A Latte Art Love day varies depending on the day – sometimes Allison & I are popping up with a full service espresso bar at Arche Loft; some days we are delighting coffee lovers with freshly made drinks at a local event. Allison and I experiment with coffee grind size and milk foaming technique – changing temperature and pressure from the weather have an effect on the coffee and the equipment needs to be adjusted to ensure perfect espressos are pulled from the machine every time.

CS: When did you know you wanted to be involved in the food industry?

Nguyen: My love coffee began once I tried a Vietnamese coffee when I was five. Ever since then, I make at least one type of coffee a day. Making coffee and then testing the flavor and then remaking coffee to perfect the taste is the most exciting kind of science for me. Allison’s love for coffee stems from growing up with really great coffee. It all started with that smell in the morning: a French press with locally roasted beans makes all the difference.

Latte Art Love Elle

CS: What do you love about your job?

Nguyen:  Allison & I love the smiles from customers after the customers take a sip of a Latte Art Love coffee – it’s filled with happiness, relief, and satisfaction. Coffee is just one of those treats that must be served fresh – its flavor is quite fleeting.

Latte Art Love Allison

CS: Do you have a favourite memory of the Calgary Stampede or Kitchen Theatre?

Nguyen: It’s all about food and events for me. I stack up on my favorite eats and then I find a great spot to enjoy my food and a show.

CS: Do you have a recipe you would share with our readers?

Nguyen:  Espresso Mousse – Lactose Free!

473 ml of Lactose Free Whipping Cream
1 tsp of fine granulated sugar
4 fresh shots of espresso

Whip the cream and slowly add sugar until stiff peaks of whipping cream form.
Make a well in the middle of the cream and add half the amount of espresso into the well. Fold in the espresso until the cream is consistent in color. Taste a sample and add more espresso or sugar for flavour, if needed.