Your latte is his canvas. An artistic Korean barista has taken Seoul by storm — using dyed latte foam and meticulous brush strokes to replicate fine works…
Your latte is his canvas.
An artistic Korean barista has taken Seoul by storm — using dyed latte foam and meticulous brush strokes to replicate fine works of art in customers’ cups of coffee.
“One time I drew ‘The Starry Night,’ and it looked so special as the famous painting placed on top of coffee. After that, lots of people ordered that coffee, ” said 26-year-old Lee Kang-bin.
No request is too complicated for Kang-bin at Cafe C. Through in central Seoul.
He’s done a portrait of the Statue of Liberty, the recreation of Vincent van Gogh’s famed work and Edvard Munch’s “The Scream.” He also has reproduced Disney cartoon characters such as Aladdin and Bambi.
A typical job takes 15 minutes and costs 10,000 won — or about $8.71 — a bargain price for such artwork in one of the world’s most expensive cities.
He has 161,000 followers on Instagram.
“I heard [on TV] that this barista draws these kinds of famous paintings. I think he has very talented hands, ” said 24-year-old college student Kim Su-Kyung, who recently visited Lee’s store.
Lee is now being credited as an early pioneer of “creamart.”
“I wanted to surpass the limitations of traditional latte art by introducing colors and a wider range of designs, ” Lee told the coffee news website The Perfect Daily Grind.