Munch On Your Mocha? Korean Barista Raises The Bar

A Korean barista is raising the latte art bar in his ‘C Through’ cafe in Seoul. Lee Kang-Bin’s Instagram displays a range of masterpieces, from Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ to Van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’, recreated with commendable accuracy in mugs of coffee. Check out his etchings below:

Each work takes around 15 minutes to make, but reports state that the wait time is not putting his customers off. Next time you order a coffee, why not request an impressionist masterpiece to top it all off?

Image: Lee Kang-Bin

Latte Art Class

Latte art was born in Seattle in the 1980s and 1990s but is still going strong with 2017’s trendies. It works by combining the crema (an emulsion of coffee oil and brewed coffee) and the microfoam (a foam of air in milk). Because neither of these are stable ‘colloids’, latte art tends to only last briefly. The two predominant styles of latte art are free pouring and etching. The rosetta and fern – two of the most common designs, are both free poured. Etching, the technique adopted by Lee Kang-Bin, allows for geometric shapes, crosshatching, and more elaborate designs and colourings.

Image: Lee Kang-Bin

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