Even the DaVinci of Latte Art Can't Compete With This Coffee Printer

A fancy design in the foam atop your latte can make your morning cup of coffee even more of a pick me up. But even the world's most artistically-inclined baristas can't compete with this coffee machine that prints photos, submitted by the customer, directly on their latte.

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Engineered by a Taiwanese convenience store as a way to really personalize its customers' drinks—and as a clever marketing stunt to lure people away from Starbucks—the coffee printer actually kind of cheats. Most baristas will create an image on a latte by swirling and manipulating the milk foam, but this machine instead dusts the latte with an edible powder—cocoa or coffee grinds presumably—using a computer-controlled print head that results in surprisingly high quality images.

So latte art purists will probably scoff at its technique, but regular coffee fans might want to find a way to frame these on their walls.

DISCUSSION

O coffee mine, where are you roaming?
O stay and hear! your barista's coming
That can draw both high and low;
Trip no further, pretty sweetener,
Journeys end in coffee lovers’ meeting—
Every wise barista's customer doth know.

What is love? ’tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What’s to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies no plenty,—
Then come drink me, Sweet-and-twenty,
Latte art a stuff will not endure.