These days a nice creamy heart or delicate lotus flower adorning the top of your coffee just isn’t enough.
Like with almost all things, the rise of Instagram has made expertly finessed latte art creations the norm, effectively body shaming your own pathetic attempts at a barista poured artwork into hiding.
It’s a platform that’s allowed latte artists to make a name for themselves and unleash their creativity, forming an eternal scrapbook of their phenomenal creations, and in some cases forging themselves a career as an actual ‘coffee artist’… Whatever that means.
Some of the cups being conjured up by this new wave of baristas though are bordering beyond comprehension and there are now hundreds if not thousands of incredibly artistic etchers and pourers, uploading work for you to add to your feed and gulp down in an instant.
From blow your mind inspiring, to just plain entertaining, there are some truly great grams out there for you latte lovers and so we’ve rounded up our top 10 favourites of the year so far, to ensure you ain’t missing out on any aesthetically amazing gems!
The Best Barista and Latte Artists To Follow
With over 75k followers, Cuzacuzacuza is an incredibly popular barista whose skill and elegant technique when it comes to pouring allows him to make some of the most precise and beautiful latte art in the world.
Annoyingly, he makes it look so much easier than it actually is!
However, he’s no one-trick pony and thanks to being a dab hand with an etching tool, he also conjures up some stunning drawings and designs too!
Offering up tons of videos for you to see how it’s done, it’s a gram for those who want to improve their craft by observing the masters!
With 273k followers, Lee Kang Bin is essentially a celebrity of the barista world and if you follow a lot of latte art grams, you’ve probably seen his work pop up elsewhere.
Popularising what he deems ‘cream art’, Lee likes to work with food dyes and a large layer of foam atop his coffees to create his masterpieces, which range from recreations of classic artworks to stunningly realistic portraits.
Even his most simple works look as if they’ve taken hours of crafting and attention, with our favourites being his wildflower and tree offerings.
This is what happens when a true artist takes on the latte!
If you haven’t ever been introduced to the trend of 3-D latte art, the gram of Periperipeng is a great place to start.
Home to the amazing Daphne Tan, this gram offers up some impossibly cute, moving foam characters that sit atop coffees and brighten up boring drinks.
From Disney characters to cuddly creatures, these adorable foam towers are a combination of great sculpting and etching magic, and definitely deserve your follow!
One of the finest faces in etching talent, Melaquino shows how a creamy cup of coffee is a perfect canvas for anyone with a skill for drawing.
Working with fairly simple pour techniques, Melaquino then uses etching to turn a seemingly unimaginative dollop of milk into a fantastical, finessed drawing, from fun cartoons to more impressive art pieces.
If you’re a dab hand with a pencil or paintbrush, Melaquino is sure to inspire you to change up your ways and give latte art a go!
Although his Instagram name is slightly suspect, Matthew Lakajev is easily one of the most talented baristas on the face of the earth.
No etching, no dyes, no gimmicks – Lakajev is quite simply just a demi-god when it comes to pouring milk into coffee.
Possessing perhaps the finest motor skills known to man, he can drizzle up a delicate and intricate flower in seconds with not a line out of place and despite only dealing in classic designs, his work seems to transcend the medium.
This is a gram for those that have a true appreciation for latte art and want to see the basics done to a frighteningly high level.
An endless stream of pop culture references in a cup, Baristart is a great gram for seeing some of your favourite characters, actors, sports stars and more staring back at you through the foam!
Mohammed Daneshgar might just be the greatest barista artist we’ve ever seen, pure and simply down to the fact that he can seemingly do everything…
Great pouring skills? Check.
Portrait level dyeing? Check.
Great etching technique? Check.
Err… drawing on the side of the mug using coffee stains… ?!
Aya Mizuno is proof that once you find your personal latte art style, you can create anything you like over and over again!
Utilising a familiar polka-dot and cartoon creature formula, Aya creates lovable latte’s every single time and uploads them straight to her gram for all to see!
A kind of greatest hits reel of the newest and most impressive latte art out there, Mirai.15 showcases every kind of coffee gram going, from foam sculptures to etching masterclasses.
It’s a great gram to follow if you like to see a constant variety of styles and skills, with Mirai themselves posting a ton of cutesy efforts.
For fans of anime and manga, Nao barista is definitely a fantastic choice, as he uploads a seemingly never-ending stream of impressively etched Japanese cartoon characters.
However, it’s his occasional forays into other territories that are the most impressive, like this seriously classy series of animals.
He’s recently branched out into foam art too, offering exactly the same brilliant quality and so Nao is definitely one to watch for the future!