"Serious" coffee people don't always go in for all that latte-art stuff, but every once in a while you stumble across an example just too good not to swoon over. From graceful free-poured rosettas to painstakingly etched portraits, here's a slideshow of some stunners I've been drooling over lately.
Latte art is tricky to learn at first, though beginner baristas can start to conquer hearts and flowers within a few months. Gems like these, however, aren't the work of any amateur latte artists: It can take years—years!—to master the craft and start churning out breath-takers. "Too pretty to drink" doesn't seem to do some of them examples.
About the author: Erin Meister trains baristas and inspires coffee-driven people for Counter Culture Coffee. She's a confident barista, an audacious eater, and a smiling runner, but she remains a Nervous Cook.