We’ve fallen in love with some gorgeous latte art in Japan but these new designs take the cake! Coffee craft is rapidly evolving to new heights, with cute, frothy characters now making the escape from 2-D and rising up to greet us from our cups. Kazuki Yamamoto, a pioneer of the trend known as 3-D cappuccinos, works on a new creation every day and has amassed a gorgeous portfolio of cute coffee friends. People in Japan and abroad can’t get enough of these amazing designs!
Yamamoto’s collection of cute coffee characters include cats, rabbits, pandas and polar bears. The trick to their creation lies in the quality and placement of fine bubbles of foam. If it’s not done correctly, the whole design will just dissolve into the liquid so Yamamoto takes great care to get it right every time.
“While 2-D art drawn on the steamed milk surface of a coffee can be adjusted as you go, 3-D art is a once only, make or break type of creation. You need to make sure you work with a good stiff foam so it sits on top nicely and is easy to shape”, says Yamamato.
The 26-year-old artist is currently based in Osaka and dreams of opening a cafe in Tokyo someday. With such gorgeous, animated designs, we’re sure he’ll have no problem getting to his goal. Getting his customers to actually drink the unbearably cute characters might be another story!
▼ Check out some of the amazing 3-D coffees below!
[ Read in Japanese ]