A Barista Honors the Oscars

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Few commodities have seen the same rise in popularity that coffee has. In fact, Recent statistics show that 22 percent of U.S. consumers drink one cup of coffee per day on average and employed Americans aged between 18 to 34 years spent usually 24.74 U.S. dollars on coffee per week. With all that money being spent on Joe, baristas, a word which once made most consumers think exclusively of Starbucks, have become increasingly popular within coffee chains. Independent coffee chains, such as the increasingly popular Panther Coffee in Miami, hire baristas because the process of making good coffee is more involved than just brewing a traditional cup of drip coffee.

Baristas are now required to be as involved in the coffee process as chefs are in the cooking process, and as more coffee shops step up their game (and increase their prices) presentation is becoming more and more important to the final product. One barista, Mike Breach, is taking things to a whole new level, and showcased his incredible skill at creating coffee portraits in honor of the Oscars.

Check out some of his Oscar-nominee inspired coffee designs below, and before you jump to photo-manipulation conclusions, watch the video of Breach at work on uproxx.
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