What is it about a beautifully decorated latte that makes it oh-so-appealing? It's all about the thoughtfulness and care that went into it, says barista and coffee lover Ryan Soeder.

"Coffee art is not only fun to practice, but is a promise to the person receiving it that their drink was made with the utmost care, says Ryan.

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"It's also a lesson in humility, because it will almost never turn out the way you want it to.

"And even when it does, it's a thing of momentary beauty – a few sips and it's gone!"

But you don't need to be a expert to make beautiful coffee – a stencil and some flavoured powders are all you need. Click on the link below to download your free stencils!

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This is an extract from Love Coffee by Ryan Soeder (Quarto Press, £10).