Latte art is nothing new; your barista at the local coffee shop probably serves up drinks adorned with hearts or flowers. In South Korea, the latte art scene is growing at an astonishing rate. And spearheading the movement is Lee Kang Bin, a talented barista. His latte art, which he calls Cremart, will totally blow your mind.
The masterful designs he’s able to freehand have earned him tens of thousands of fans on Instagram, as well as a judge’s seat at numerous latte art competitions around the world. From Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night to Disney-inspired pieces, these pieces look too beautiful to drink. Lee actually paints the colours on with a small spoon, using the foam as a backdrop. A metal stir stick allows him to add smaller details or blend colours.
“I wanted to surpass the limitations of traditional latte art by introducing colours and a wider range of designs,” says Lee. “I think it’d be a great addition to the art bar section of the World Latte Art Championship, and I hope to breathe new life into an otherwise isolated path in the industry.”
In another method of his Cremart, Lee adds the pigments to the foam first before pouring it out over the coffee to create colourful swirling shapes. His food-dye based Cremart has attracted a lot of attention among Korean baristas; many study under Lee and follow his latest creations on Instagram.
Lee, owner of Cafe C.Through, has been a barista for 10 years. He says he’s never had any training in drawing, but that hasn’t stop him from creating stunning Cremart. Take a look at more of his incredible latte art below.
Daniel is an Art Director and Graphic Designer with over a decade of experience in advertising and marketing in the Greater Toronto Area.