WEEKLY

WHEN COFFEE MEETS ART
讓咖啡邂逅藝術

1/3的咖啡濃香,2/3的幼滑鮮奶,足以令僕僕奔走的都市人稍稍停息,為繁忙的生活作點綴。一杯配上精緻拉花圖案的香醇咖啡,更具治癒人心的魔力。現代人在不斷探索和找尋新口味以滿足味蕾的同時,味道以外的視覺享受也成了對咖啡的追求。愈來愈多對藝術充滿追求的咖啡師,以神奇絢麗的技巧,結合咖啡與藝術,於一杯又一杯咖啡上拉畫出一幅幅細緻精美的畫作。

91年生,來自韓國的咖啡師Lee Kang Bin創立別樹一格的Cream Art,把拉花藝術昇華至另一層次。我們平常所看到的Latte art,是以高溫打發牛奶製成綿密奶泡而做的,反之,Cream art則是一種冷飲拉花技術,以牛奶和忌廉打出來的奶蓋,配合食用色素而畫出來的。「我只在冷咖啡上做奶油拉花藝術。如果我在熱咖啡上創作,咖啡的味道會隨着溫度的變化而變化,我並不想改變咖啡的味道。」一般Latte Art的拉花顏色只限於啡和白色,而Cream Art則突破傳統限制,以不同色彩於白色奶油上,如以水彩於白紙上作畫般,勾勒出各種美輪美奐的圖案,看上去的質感更像油畫一樣,令人歎為觀止。

一改傳統色調單一的拉花,這位醉心藝術的咖啡師以Cream Art於咖啡上創造出更迭不斷的圖案造型,隨心所欲地於咖啡上揮灑創作。於17歲開始接觸拉花,未曾接受專業繪畫訓練,單純憑藉對繪畫的興趣,便決定把畫作放進杯子內,名副其實是咖啡上的畫家。「它幫助我準確地表達我的想法,讓我的幻想能夠成真。專門從事拿鐵藝術的人通常只使用兩種顏色:黑色和白色。但我想要打破顏色的限制。」作品風格橫跨藝術名畫、可愛、型格,甚至寫實,以一根細細的金屬棒繪製一幅幅迷林藝術品。除了平面繪製,連立體奶泡拉花也難不倒他。有時候,更會根據每一個客人的個性與喜好事物,繪製專屬拉花,使人愛不釋手。

「我練習了差不多十年時間,但其實勾畫過程最需要的是集中力,也是最困難的一部分。」咖啡拉花與藝術所拉出的浪漫氣圍,鮮奶與咖啡完美融合後帶出令人回味無窮的甜感,成果背後均需要年復一年的練習而成的。與任何一種手藝一樣,美麗背後均是勤學苦練,亦要謹記保持認真與熱情。

撰文:許佩琳
美術:王曉澄

To many people nowadays, ⅓ of smooth Espresso with ⅔ of fresh milk can already create calm in a hectic life. It is so anticipating when you see the marvelous milky design sits on top of the steaming cup, with the aroma of fresh coffee permeating in the air. For these years, latte art has gone viral, giving baristas a creative outlet and a surprising canvas to create extremely impressive and beautifully original latte art designs that blow our minds.

South Korean Barista Lee Kang-Bin (born in 1991) has dubbed a new art form called ‘Cream art’, taking coffee art to the next level. The latte art we usually have refers to patterns made in the foam topping espresso drink, and the milk is steamed in order to make beautiful designs. Yet, cream art uses cold milk instead of steamed milk. Lee pours cold milk and foam on top of cold Dutch coffee before adding vibrant colours with cream, syrups, chocolate sauce and fruit flakes, so the taste of the coffee does not change. In fact, cream art is a form of latte art, but it is way more colorful and delicate compared to the ordinary latte foam. With the use of food colorings mixed with thick cream, it can feature various drawings and paintings on the foam.

The talented barista uses food colouring and small brushes, spoons and tools that look like mini ice picks to draw astounding creations on coffee. He’s been making coffee at the age of 17, but his painting prowess is completely self-taught and he thinks there is no better surface for a good painting than a cup of creamy coffee. ‘It helps me express exactly what I want and brings my dreams to life. People who specialise in latte art usually only use 2 colours: black and white. But I wanted to break that colour limit.’ Using cold coffee as canvas, he successfully turns ordinary Latte into actual works of art. He draws inspiration from various themes to create faces of celebrities, Disney characters and even replica of artistic masterpieces such as ‘Starry Night’ and ‘Mona Lisa’. Sometimes, he may also do specially-made artworks for customers as he understands that all customers want to have their own cream art creation. While due to huge popularity across the country, he has limited the requests to only three per day. Although his coffee art is so limited at the peak, he regularly uploads his designs to his Instragram (leekangbin91).

The colourful cream art are too beautiful to drink because of the dreamy romantic vibes that coffee and art are creating, and the ultimate taste sensation by pairing coffee with milk. With 10 years of hard work, the art and coffee enthusiast successfully produce impressive coffee art that make people think twice about taking a sip.

Text: Natalie Hui
Art: Agnes Wong

ISSUE #249

WHEN COFFEE MEETS ART

 

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