Singapore-based 17-year-old Daphne Tan, who‘s better known under the name “Periperipeng”, prefers to turn her coffee into art before drinking it. She began experimenting only about a year ago, although her cheerful 3D “sculptures” from coffee foam have already attracted the attention of the internet and even the organizers of the Singapore Coffee Festival.
With the use of a Nespresso milk frother, the self-taught, Singapore-based latte artist uses a mix of carob powder, soy milk, and water to create the thick foam for her sculpted masterpieces. For the details, she uses natural food coloring and melted chocolate. Tan’s caffeinated creations aren’t express espressos, though—each one can take up to 20 minutes to construct. But the final results are worth it and almost too cute to drink!
Using a soy-based froth, she whips up adorable little characters popping out of her mug.
“What sparked my interest was a school program 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,” says Daphne.
Tan’s soy-based sculptures range from fluffy puppies to friendly octopi, and even recognizable characters, such as Pikachu, Nemo, and Snoopy. Her work has recently gained the attention the Singapore Coffee Festival, which invited her to demonstrate her talent at its August 2017 event.
If you fancy yourself as a 3D latte artist, you can find a handy how-to photo guide on Tan’s website.
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