Daphne Tan is not your average latte artist. What sets her apart from other baristas, is that her work is 3D.
Armed with a Nespresso milk frother, natural food dye and carob powder, Tan sculpted milky foam into familiar characters as a hobby. Two viral fan favorites are her chubby cat emerging from a latte and Pikachu bathing in an espresso shot.
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“I would say the secret is patience, in handling the foam and making sure that you have steady hands when you draw the details,” Tan told SWNS.
She came up with her unique process while taking a class on gourmet coffee.
“I was experimenting with a French press and found a method to create stable foam to make 3D art on top of my cups,” Tan told SWNS. “I was curious about how foam was created for lattes and cappuccinos and searched online for ways to do it at home. Through my research, I discovered 3D latte art.”
Tan uses a bamboo skewer and two spoons to shape the milk froth. Each latte sculpture takes around 10 to 20 minutes.
In recent years, she has expanded her repertoire of creations to include 2D portraits of faces like Bob Ross and Wonder Woman. But you can still expect 3D designs like Captain America and Jack Skellington nestled in warm cups of joe.
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“My hope is that I’ll be able to pursue my passions in future, which includes doing latte art but could also be in other areas that I may discover,” Tan told SWNS.
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