Just a word of warning before you read this article and look at the pictures of coffee art: you will never look at a cup of latte the same way again. 26-year-old Kazuki Yamamoto has elevated the usual hearts and swirls your local barista puts on your coffee and has turned it into an art that has captured the interest of netizens and caffeine lovers worldwide.
“I am happy to reach people through the Internet, but I want to wow more people with my live art,” Yamamoto shared as he has now quit his day job at a Tokyo cafe last December. This year, he will actually be going to Hong Kong for a series of “live performances” of his latte art. A typical creation starts with him pouring foamed milk on top of a cup of tea or coffee. He then draws different shades by using a metal pick and then coffee and cocoa powder and each stroke has to just be a few millimeters. And lest you think that each “artwork” takes him an hour or so, it actually takes him just 5-10 minutes to make one. And then he drinks his masterpiece afterwards of course.
His career just started three years ago when he started learning the basics of latte art while working at a cafe part-time. He started out with the usual hearts and leaves but then graduated to making latte art based on famous characters and personalities. He started with a character from his favorite manga, and when he posted it online and the author himself got in touch with him, he started experimenting even more and was happy to see his art shared and retweeted. Now he has more than 120,000 Twitter followers (@george_10g) who wait for his latte art everyday, whether it be a disgraced Tokyo ex-governor, a cute animal (his work has now evolved from 2D to 3D) or even the Prime Minister himself. Just don’t blame him for now being bored with your normal, everyday coffee.
[ via Asahi Shimbun ]