coffee art by Kazuki Yamamoto
coffee art by Kazuki Yamamoto

This, my friends, is art. And better than anything else I can think of, it demonstrates our deep-set need to create beauty. The Dalai Lama says that any profession  – every profession – will be a calling to 1/3 of its workers. I would bet being a barista is just that to Kazuki Yamamoto: a calling. An art.

Aside from its loveliness, this piece of totally ephemeral art makes my beginner’s heart happy (despite my current mad-on for the inept tech support where I just lost a very important piece of deadline-driven work). It exists for no other purpose than the artist’s joy in its creation. And that, friends, is the best of artistic impulses.

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