Watermelon portraits and pizza portraits, both of which I recently posted about, are interesting forms of food art but I’ve come across yet another remarkable form of food portraits – coffee latte art – where images of people are drawn into lattes and cappuccinos!
Mike Breach, a barista at a Manhattan hotel, began experimenting with creating drawings on the top of lattes while at work. He sketches using a bamboo skewer and the contrast between the dark coffee and light milky foam creates stunning images. However, due to the fickle nature of the foam, the images only last a few minutes. Better snap a photo fast!
See Mike Breach Creating his Latte Art
I stumbled across Mike Breach’s latte art through a Facebook friend. In response to someone commenting on Facebook (amazed that he can do this) Mike Breach wrote’,
“Strange talent right??”
Some of Mike Breach’s more recognizable coffee portraits include Jimi Hendrix, Nicholas Cage and Quentin Tarantino.
He also sketches fictional characters on the coffees, including Yoda, Harry Potter and Batman.
One of Mike’s Very First Latte Art Portraits
Here is a look at Mike’s second attempt at etching. he wrote,
“I think I found my calling: drawing silly things really fast.. With espresso.” – Mike Breach
Mike’s special talent found a strong following on Instagram, thanks in part to Instagram making him a featured user. As of June 2013, he has 23,035 fans on the site. If you want to see more of Mike Breach’s latte, visit his Instagram page.
One More Type of Latte Portrait.
Here is another type of coffee art that is a portrait made of coffee beans. It’s a portrait of Barista Artist Mike Breach done by the same food artist Domenico Crolla who I featured in a recent blog post with his Pizza Portraits. This coffee bean portrait seems a fitting tribute to the talented barista artist, Mike Breach.
Mike Breach is a one-of-a-kind artist. If you’d like to see another video showing the pouring and creating of latte art, you can see another article on my blog that shows simpler designs that are much easier to master.
I hope that you enjoyed meeting Mike Breach and seeing his wonderful and creative latte art.