Perfect size for use as a Valentine's Day monocle, or a year-round coffee-top heart stencil. You decide!
Now, I know the process of making coffee art might seem a little intimidating at first, but just keep in mind, we all had to start somewhere.
First, print the heart coffee stencil with your finest quality PLA, on the highest quality settings your printer will allow. Because even though you won't be able to see the difference between a 200 micron layer height, and a 100 micron layer height, it'll eat away at you, inside, knowing you didn't go that extra mile. Also, if your coffee cocoa heart comes out looking crappy, I'll bet it's because of your layer height. Yeah, that's it.
Next, after you've printed and cleaned your hairspray (mmm...hairspray coffee) or purple PVA kids' glue off the bottom of the print, make sure to visually inspect the stencil. First, do you know what the shape of a heart should be? If not, please go Google that now. I'll wait....
So you have your printed stencil, made with artisanal, aromatic, coffee-scented HTPLA from Proto-pasta, and printed at a 0.1mm or higher-quality layer height.
You've softened up all the edges that should be soft, and kept all the pointy parts that should be pointy. Now, for the coffee!
This stencil will only work with hand-poured pour-over coffee, brewed at precisely 195°F, as measured using a non-contact infrared thermometer from the optimal measuring distance outlined in your manual. If you try to use this stencil on any other type of coffee, it will fail, and look like last, "fail" picture I've shared above. And if you think it looks bad with coffee made with my French Press, wait until you try it with drip! I mean, if you're not going to be serious about this process, just go ahead and focus on the monocle aspect of this Thing. Classy!
Anyway...once you've made your coffee using the traditional way of the ancient Hip-Star, and you've got the foam (you HAVE prepared the foam for the top, right?) all ready to go. Pour the coffee gently into the cup, then gently spoon the foam on top of the coffee.
Lastly, and most importantly, carefully use the stencil to apply the contrasting-color, free-range, fair-trade, ethically-farmed powder onto the top of the foam. Wow! You've done it. Congratulations, pat yourself on the back, and give your perfect cup of coffee with a heart on top to a friend. Or better yet, keep it for yourself. You deserve it.
P.S. For those who don't enjoy satire, and want to know exactly how to properly use a coffee stencil, here's a YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8ugnBwyCgk