You know that jingle from Folger's about the best part of waking up? About it being coffee in your cup? What if you could have the person dearest to you printed on the foam of your latte or cappuccino? Or if your favorite being is a cat or dog, that particular animal's visage? Would that make your day?
The Daily Mail recently reported on a small localized chain of coffee shops in Taiwan, Let's Cafe, that has come up with a sales gimmick that's a bit unique. They've developed a latte printer that emplaces the image or portrait of an uploaded photo onto the foam of your drink.
Let's Cafe was looking for a way to compete with international coffee shop chains like Starbucks when they hit upon the idea and it has become a hit.
And yet, sipping up a loved one's face might seem a bit creepy to some, as Huffington Post has noted. Still, for $1.50 extra, you can have your favorite pet, your girlfriend, your children (actually any photo will most likely suffice) printed on top of your morning coffee. If you're a dog-eat-dog type, you could print the images of your rivals and drink them into nonexistence. And if you're into yourself, well, nothing like a cup of self-indulgence with a selfie on top.
Whatever foams your cappuccino...
You can even add text (especially handy for those that are insufferably romantic and need to proclaim it with a few words). After the machine dispenses the beverage, it prints the image uploaded into it onto the foam with edible ink.
(It won't be long before people are printing all sorts of odd images and sexually explicit photos to top their lattes with -- only to Instagram what they're sucking into their mouths for the world to see... Yes, even a morning coffee can be corrupted by those of a mind...)
This takes latte art into the digital arena. No longer will the talented latte artists -- those skilled at producing works of art in the foam -- be needed when all one needs is an uploadable image.
So now the best part of waking up could be to seeing your favorite whatever (you supply the image) in your cup. And drinking it. Huffington Post might have a point: That does seem a bit disturbing. Of course, you might say that you're carrying (fill in the blank) with you, making them a part of your day.
Let's Cafe currently operates only in Taiwan.
(photo credit: Let's Cafe Family Mart, promotional use)