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Is this San Francisco barista the best foam artist in the world? Probably

In a world full of amazing foam art, it is possible that we have finally found the world’s best foam artist.

Hobbes #lattesketch #latteart #sf #hobbes #calvinandhobbes

A photo posted by Melaquino (@melaquino) on May 24, 2016 at 1:56pm PDT

Hailing from San Francisco’s downtown café Elite Audio Coffee Bar, Melannie Aquino has become famous for her hilarious but also intricate latte art, that has both made her café famous whilst also garnering her a serious following on Instagram.

Totoro! #totoro #lattesketch #latteart #sf

A video posted by Melaquino (@melaquino) on May 6, 2016 at 7:50am PDT

Such is Melannie’s gift, that Bored Panda recently asked her to spill the beans on her incredible foam pyrotechnics that have in the past resulted in images of Snoopy, Adventure Time characters, images of dogs, and portraits of customers!

In her blog, Melanie said that a friend originally encouraged her to get into foam art, and everything snowballed from there.

I don’t actually have a snapchat. #snapchat #latteart #lattesketch #sf

A photo posted by Melaquino (@melaquino) on Mar 25, 2016 at 4:35pm PDT

“I’ve been drawing on drinks for the past 4 years and have since perfected my craft. You need a marriage of the perfect espresso and microfoam in order to get the right contrast and bring out the little details,” she wrote.

Doing another gig for @tastemade ! #latteart #lattesketch #tastemade

A photo posted by Melaquino (@melaquino) on Apr 23, 2016 at 11:08am PDT

She then explained what tools and methods she used to create her little works of art. “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.”

Practice drink for tomorrow’s collab with @instamiggi #frenchie #frenchbulldog #sf #latteart #lattesketch

A photo posted by Melaquino (@melaquino) on Apr 15, 2016 at 2:35pm PDT

Melanie’s amazing skills have become a phenomenon that draws people to her café and social media accounts, whilst also queueing up to get her to serve one of her signature lattes, a fun but also exhausting feat one imagines!