Show me a person who doesn't think coffee is beautiful, and I'll show you a liar.
Even in its purest form, the go-to morning beverage is pure magic. After discovering a barista who recreates famous paintings on lattes with steamed milk, you can really color me impressed.
The simple cappuccino leaf was once enough to blow minds. Now, the so-called "CreamArt" takes things to awe-inspiring new levels, thanks to barista Lee Kang-bin. The artist only spends a mere 15 minutes recreating works like Vincent van Gogh's "Starry Night" in his Seoul shop, Café C. Through.
I'm lucky if I can get my K-cup to brew in 15 minutes, and this South Korean barista is making coffee artwork that's fit for a museum.
Did your morning mocha fix look anything like this? After heading into the office after a four-day holiday weekend, I'm willing to be you and "The Scream" share some sort of resemblance (no judgment, folks, I'm right there with you).
Kang-bin, who began brewing coffee at 17 while completing his military service, according to The Telegraph, decided to get his own machine and set up shop for other soldiers. Since then, he's certainly come a long way.
"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," Kang-bin told Reuters.
What's even better is that his CreamArt is not limited to famous paintings. The talented barista — who has never received formal art training — aims to please everyone, from Disney lovers to diehard Leonardo DiCaprio fans.
Next time I'm in Seoul, I am so requesting a Leo latte, though it might be too gorgeous to drink.
It's hard to believe that all it takes is 15 minutes, cream, and food dyes to create these mini masterpieces.
If it's too far of a trek to head to Seoul, you can catch Kang-bin's latest creations on social media -- just make sure to follow the #CreamArt hashtag on Instagram. Had the lattes not been served in a cup, you might not be able to tell the difference between the coffee and the actual painting.