Need a pick-me-up this Monday morning? Check out this imaginative and adorable latte art being made by baristas in Japan.
NPR talked to two Japanese baristas who share daily photos of their ephemeral works of espresso art on the web. From anime characters to angry cats, the latte art by Kazuki Yamamoto and Kohei Matsuno is much more intricate than the usual milk-foam flower — and a lot more fun.
Why spend time creating such detailed images with such an impermanent medium? NPR asked noted design philosopher Leonard Koren for his thoughts.
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Which may be why these baristas are compelled to snap photos of these tiny works of art before they disappear.
(Images: Kazuki Yamamoto)