Latte Artist Turns Morning Coffee Into Fleeting Art

Latte Artist Turns Morning Coffee Into Fleeting Art
Arts & Culture

Mike Breach's draws anything or anyone from Jim Morrison to Yoda.

Daniela Walker
  • 11 april 2013

Boredom can be an incredible breeding ground for creativity. When Mike Breach found himself working in the back of a hotel kitchen with nothing but a espresso machine for company, he was so consumed with boredom that he took to drawing hearts into the milky foam of lattes. His latte art became more intricate, and now his repertoire mainly focuses on portraits of famous folks from Jim Morrison to Yoda, which he shares on his Tumblr page, Baristart.


Breach is a self-proclaimed ‘esspressionist’ and does incredible things with a bamboo stirrer and foam. As he pours a latte, he sees his palette forming in front of him, visualizing how the shades of browns and white will make up his next creation.

Breach tells Storyboard Tumblr in the video below:

I kind of want to be like Willy Wonka with coffee- make it interesting and fun for people; take the pretentiousness out of it, take the seriousness out of it.

Part of the charm of Breach’s work is its fleeting quality – each delicate piece will only last for three minutes, for as the foam dissipates, the portrait fades away.

Check out the video below, where Breach works wonders on a milky canvas:


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