For millions in the morning the coffee shop is a necessary stopping-off point. That essential cup – espresso, latte or perhaps a cappuccino. But for one man in Japan coffee doesn’t just help kick start his day. It is his work – his art.
Tokyo’s Kohei Matsuno started his coffee art career only four years ago and two years later he began working on three-dimensional works of art creating shapes out of the coffee foam.
Working in 3D is essentially a race against time as all of his works have to be completed within five minutes.
“The foam keeps breaking down, so you become unable to draw fine details. In other words, you can’t make 3D art that defies gravity,” he explained.
His latte-making skills create replicas of man’s best friend with owners coming in to the coffee shop to have their dogs made in coffee foam.
Matsuno wants the chance for his work to be recognized more widely and eventually even hopes there will be a world-wide community of 3D latte makers.
“There’s world championships where they draw hearts or leaves now, but if they had a 3D version then I’d love to take part and actually win. So I hope someone actually does that,” he said.
Matsuno is not the only person to top a latte with 3D, there is another artist in Japan creating similar art. However, Matsuno says he’s the only one who takes his suitcase and portable espresso machine around Tokyo to plug in wherever he’s wanted.