San Francisco Barista Creates Adorable Latte Art

Rebecca OConnell
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Talented barista Melanie Aquino (who goes by Melaquino on Instagram and Facebook) churns out adorable illustrations on lattes. While latte art is far from new, her unique designs have an extra amount of charm that make them stand out from the saturated crowd. 

The San Francisco-based coffee artist has been honing her skills for four years. "You need a marriage of the perfect espresso and microfoam in order to get the right contrast and bring out the little details," Aquino explained on Bored Panda. "With all drawings I begin by pouring milk into a shot of espresso. I use a spoon to manipulate the foam into the shape of what I want to draw. Then, with chocolate, I draw in the outlines and little details."

The amazing designs cover everything from cartoon characters to food. The process normally takes about three to five minutes and really pleases the customers. "A lot of people become regulars and it pushes me to do different designs and to do better." 

[h/t Bored Panda]