Lonely Planet Writer

This Singapore coffee shop's floral lattes are just begging to be Instagrammed

It’s rare these days to get a latte without a leaf pattern swirled on top, but a café in Singapore is taking the art to a whole new level by producing mini works of art in its cups. Carol Mel Café is becoming known for its floral art lattes, which have delicate cherry blossom designs on top in a variety of colours and patterns.

Floral coffee art at Carol Mel Café in Singapore. Image: Damien Soh
Floral coffee art at Carol Mel Café in Singapore. Image: Damien Soh

Barista Damien Soh came up with the pretty concept, and he tells Lonely Planet that he was inspired because it’s cherry blossom (or sakura) season in Singapore and across Asia.

Floral coffee art at Carol Mel Café in Singapore. Image: Damien Soh
Floral coffee art at Carol Mel Café in Singapore. Image: Damien Soh

“I thought of doing a series of sakura drinks and the response has been overwhelming,” says the native Singapoean. “Currently the sakura latte art can be prepared on a latte, matcha latte, taro latte, pink taro latte and sesame latte, and I’m working on a new concoction which is a mystery flavour.”

Floral coffee art at Carol Mel Café in Singapore. Image: Damien Soh
Floral coffee art at Carol Mel Café in Singapore. Image: Damien Soh

Because of the intricacy of the coffee art designs, the lattes have to be pre-ordered with 24 hours notice. They cost S$6 per cup, and Damien says he has to work as quickly as possible on the designs to keep the coffee hot.

Floral coffee art at Carol Mel Café in Singapore. Image: Damien Soh
Floral coffee art at Carol Mel Café in Singapore. Image: Damien Soh

The café opens seven days per week and then closes three to four days consecutively per month to give staff a breather. During this time, the owners travel overseas to source the matcha powder used in the lattes. “I do a taste test when they come back,” says Damien. “If we’re happy with the matcha powder, we offer it as a special on our menu strictly for our followers.”

Floral coffee art at Carol Mel Café in Singapore. Image: Damien Soh
Floral coffee art at Carol Mel Café in Singapore. Image: Damien Soh

To book a floral art latte or admire more of Damien’s work, follow him on Instagram here and Carol Mel Cafe here.