“Dumb Starbucks” is the newest coffee spot in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. It has replicated the famous Starbucks brand by using everything they could, including their logo, atmosphere, and even retail CD’s. The only apparent difference between the original and the fraud is the word “Dumb” before… pretty much everything. The shop features a menu with ‘Dumb Frappuccinos,’ ‘Dumb Espressos,’ and everyone’s favorite CD, ‘Dumb Jazz Standards.’ A particularly curious aspect of this new shop is that all of the coffee is free. [Read more...]
Coffee enthusiast Ben Blake proves that Instagram is not a filter’s single origin. On his charming website, Blake uses cone filters–the humble backbones behind your morning brew–as palettes for spirited illustrations celebrating coffee culture. Each illustration is a pen-and-ink ode to a specific roaster, brew, coffeehouse, or speciality coffee experience, many finishing with smooth flourishes and caffeinated exclamation marks. As his drawings range from rich, overflowing landscapes to simple typographic logos, they cleverly pair bold tasting notes with beautiful written ones. [Read more...]
Ever since coffee shops in Seattle started making unique designs in their lattes about 20 years ago, baristas all over the world have followed suit. These days there are even international competitions for the best design and as a result the level of intricacy and creativity has continually been set higher every year. These 25 over the top latte art designs come to you straight from the best! [Read more...]
We’ve seen latte art before, but these designs by Kazuki Yamamoto are over the top- literally! The Japanese “cappuccino painter” piles up foam to make three dimensional designs that defy gravity. Based in Osaka, the 26 year old took his flat latte art (also very impressive) to the next level, even making foam sculptures from one mug climb into another. [Read more...]
For most people a boring job leads to hours of life that you regret you’ll never get back, but barista Mike Breach seized the downtime at his hotel to master the art of Latte portraiture. A self-proclaimed “espressionist” he sees each latte as a unique palette and uses a bamboo skewer as a paintbrush, swirling espresso as paint on his milk foam canvas. The fact that the designs only last 3 minutes makes them more personal- it’s a unique experience for each customer. Currently employed by The Smile To Go, Breach’s designs surely send customers off with a smile. From rock stars, to extraterrestrials, to artists, and some of the most brilliant minds, Breach never runs out of ideas for his latte portraits. [Read more...]
Although I’ve never really been able to stand the way coffee tastes, with enough sugar and milk just about anything tastes good. I developed a minor Vanilla Soy Latte addiction and decided to give up coffee as my New Year’s resolution to save money and sleep better at night. Perhaps that’s why I can’t stop thinking about it and decided to feature coffee this week! Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you can’t look at the menu, right? I don’t know how people make these adorable designs on top of lattes, but they never cease to amaze me. I hope you enjoy this lovely collection of awesome mugs and latte art that have been Instagrammed from around the world.
What better companion in the cold winter months than a nice warm cup-a-joe? That black liquid warms us up, energizes and seems to even sweep the clouds away. For those of us who make it a daily ritual this new poster will be quite a tasty treat: created by Column Five, the print features three of the main staples that keep the company ticking: data, design and caffeine. The attractive black and white print is ‘interactive’, allowing you to track your coffee consumption and preferences over a month… coloring in the coffee themed data with some good old dark roast. [Read more...]