Despite not being a household name, there’s a good chance that you’ve already seen photos of Matthew Keyes’ work (or something like it) in your Facebook feed.
That’s because Keyes, a barista, serves up those artfully poured lattes that no one can seem to get enough of these days. You know the ones, with giant mugs of coffee and steamed milk, layered just so to create images of things like hearts and leaves in their frothy tops.
And while Keyes knows the artistry of these beverages may be short-lived (it literally only survives as long as you can hold off on taking your first sip), it’s the greater impact that he and his fellow baristas are more concerned with.
“I love seeing people especially when they’re not used to getting coffee from us and they see something beautiful in a cup,” said Keyes. “It tastes great, it looks great, and hopefully it makes them feel great.”
Keyes, the owner of Key&Cup (located at 331 Henry St. in Brooklyn, NY), got his start at latte art while working as a barista before opening a shop of his own in his childhood neighborhood. “I’m very proud to own something walking distance from where I grew up,” he explained to LittleThings.
Despite its late start compared to other food art forms — latte art originated in Seattle in the late 1980s — the artistic drinks have become more and more popular each year.
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