Tokyo-based barista brings coffee art to a whole new level

Kazuki Yamamoto is a Japanese barista who takes his latte art very seriously. While it has been common practice for cafes to decorate their goodness-in-a-cup before serving as if coffee in itself is not enticing enough, Yamamoto took the whole artisan latte to a whole new level. He creates 3D sculptures in a cup, or across cups even. This 26-year-old latte artist uses a toothpick and a spoon to create these foamy artworks. It usually takes him 3 to 5 minutes to come up with a snap-worthy presentation. This skill brought 193,000 people to follow him on Twitter.

While this is fun and a feast for the eyes of the spectators, a controversy started to surface in the coffee industry because of this. Some argue that too much effort and appreciation being given to the aesthetics of the coffee could mean less attention to more important matters like taste. Nonetheless, the Tokyo-based barista could not be bothered as he continues to wow his customers and even aims to open his own cafe someday.

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