This March 1, 2018, photo shows a portrait of Associated Press writer Ashley Thomas with her dog Sandra, designed atop a cup of cold java by Barista Lee Kang Bin at his coffee shop in Seoul, South Korea. The South Korean barista is charming customers at his coffee shop by drawing intricate artworks on the foamy cream toppings of their drinks. Image: AP/Dino Hazell
Mocha master: South Korean barista adorns coffee with works of art
Associated Press / 05:35 PM March 16, 2018
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Would you like cream, sugar and art with that?
A South Korean barista is charming customers at his coffee shop by drawing intricate artwork on the foamy cream topping their drinks.
Lee Kang Bin uses food coloring and small brushes, spoons and tools that look like mini ice picks to draw people, animals, Disney characters and landscapes on coffee.
Lee has recreated famous paintings such as the 1893 Edvard Munch (AYD’-vart moongk) masterpiece “The Scream”. This month the mocha master reproduced a couple’s Niagara Falls vacation photo atop a cup of cold java.
Lee creates the designs at the C.Through coffee shop in Seoul and calls them Creamart. He said the delicate process takes him about an hour per cup and customers have to order in advance. CC