A Korean Latte Artist Is Pushing the Limits of Coffee Creativity

Kangbin Lee creates incredibly detailed artworks on the tops of coffee.
May 16, 2017, 4:45pm

Kangbin Lee is taking the art of the latte to a whole new level. Instead of painting with the coffee like Guilia Bernadelli and Jon Norquist, Lee's self coined "Cremart" is made on the top of the poured coffee. Using a small spoon and several pencil-like dabbers, the Korean artist creates incredibly detailed artworks by delicately administering colored pigments onto tufts of coffee. Lee reproduces iconic staples of fine art like Van Gogh's Starry Nigh_t and Edvard Munch's _The Scream, as well as images of pop culture like a portrait of Beauty and the Beast. The artist explains in a post on Bored Panda, "I wanted to find an amazing and delicate new flavor of coffee so I developed Cremart." Each composition has an interesting way of using the drink's cup and saucer, or even the espresso machine's portafilter, as a frame for the image. In certain works he uses the latte's white head as a blank canvas, while in others he builds off the coffee's unique shade of brown.

Check out more works by the artist on Instagram.


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