Coffee artist captures Sook-Yin's likeness in foamed milk

Michael Breach's portrait of Sook-Yin Lee in a coffee mug (CBC)

Michael Breach's portrait of Sook-Yin Lee in a coffee mug (CBC)

Coffee artist Michael Breach carted his portable espresso machine into our New York studio to talk about his work. 

He didn't spill anything.

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Breach first started working with coffee as a medium when he was working at a hotel and looking for a way to express himself with art. 

As he learned to pour lattes, something happened.

latte artist 300.jpg"One day I was pouring the milk into the coffee and it was a strange looking blob and it reminded me of a face. So I started manipulating the foam on top and made it into a face and that's how a lot of the first ones started, they weren't planned," he says.  

"It was kind of like looking at a cloud or an inkblot...I would look at this blob and see what it resembled most and then I would manipulate that just a little bit to bring that over the edge so it really looked like it."

Likening it to a form of meditation, working with such temperamental, impermanent material, is what makes it special for Breach.

Naturally, we wanted to see how these portraits work. So we sent him a picture of Sook-Yin and caught the results on video. 


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