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These lat­tes look too good to drink!

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These frothy cre­ations have taken latte art to the next level! Daphne Tan, 17, from Sin­ga­pore, shot to fame by us­ing latte to cre­ate these in­cred­i­ble 3D sculp­tures, win­ning her more than 20,000 In­sta­gram fol­low­ers.

The self-taught latte artist posts pic­tures of cud­dly, fluffy an­i­mals as well as pizza slices, artis­tic scenes and su­per­heroes made of milky cof­fee foams.

‘I would say the se­cret is pa­tience, in han­dling the foam and mak­ing sure that you have steady hands when you draw the de­tails,’ says Daphne. ‘What sparked my in­ter­est

was a school pro­gramme where I had the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend a work­shop on the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of 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.’

Daphne makes the thick foam us­ing a Ne­spresso milk frother on a mix of carob pow­der, soy milk and wa­ter, and then uses a thin bam­boo skewer and two spoons to shape her brew for each cre­ation. She spends be­tween 10 and 20 min­utes on each one and uses nat­u­ral food colour­ing and melted choco­late to make the drinks which look too good to drink.

Her work went vi­ral with her

gain­ing a stag­ger­ing 12,000 fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram in a week af­ter she posted a pic­ture of a bob­bing latte dog.

‘It was sur­pris­ing to see how much at­ten­tion

that a lit­tle hobby gar­nered,’ she said. ‘It is re­ally

amaz­ing to see how the power of the me­dia has been able to prop­a­gate my pas­sion.

I’ve re­ceived so many com­ments and mes­sages ask­ing me to

open a café, but it’s some­thing that I will con­tem­plate at a later date!’

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