SM MOA’s Coffee Festival just presented amazing latte art by Korean barista

September 16, 2017 - 7:15 AM
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Creamarts, what South Korean barista Lee Kang-bin calls his latte arts, are seen at his coffee shop in Seoul, South Korea, June 30, 2017. Photo by Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters file photo.

It’s hard to take that first sip of coffee when you’re presented with an amazing cup featuring the latte art of Lee Kang-bin.

The South Korean barista is getting international recognition for pioneering “Creamart” wherein intricate designs are drawn on the layer of foamed milk on espresso.

You can stare at your coffee cup forever when it has Mr. Kang-bin’s amazing creations that include miniature reproductions of Vincent Van Gogh’ “The Starry Night” and “The Scream” by Edvard Munch.

Unlike regular latte art where patterns are formed by pouring foamed milk in particular directions, Mr. Kang-bin’s Creamart utilizes food dyes and spoons as his brushes to create images. His quick hand takes him 15 minutes to finish the edible artwork. The coffees are sold for 10,000 Korean won or about Php453 a cup at his shop called Café C. Through in Seoul.

South Korean barista Lee Kang-bin makes his latte art called ‘creamart’ at his coffee shop in Seoul, South Korea, June 30, 2017. Photo by Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters file photo.

But one has to pre-order the beautiful drinks at his coffee shop. Customers can even request for their favorite paintings. Other popular artworks in the barista’s list include Disney characters like Bambi, Snow White, and Winnie the Pooh.

South Korean barista Lee Kang-bin presented his famous ‘creamart’ at Coffee Festival 2017 of SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, September 15, 2017. Photo sourced from SM Mall of Asia Offiial on Facebook.

Last Friday, September 15, Mr. Kang-bin graced the ongoing Coffee Festival at SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. The barista wowed the festival’s goers when he demonstrated his Creamart as he recreated Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night,” and the Philippine jeepney.

Coffee lovers have other activities to look forward to throughout the weekend: Get a free Instax photo courtesy of Fuji film at the Coffee Selfie booth; attend another demonstration on 3D Coffee Art by Lizzy Latte; the Fujifilm instax and crafts workshop; and a Kissako Coffee Master Talk.

Select drinks and eats are also available at booths by participating tenants like J.Co, Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, Tous Le Jours, Kissako, Mihca Cafe, Illy Cafe, Papermoon, Epilogue, Care France, Kumori, Mrs. Field, Lizzy Latte, and Krispy Kreme.