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Default Talented Starbucks Barista Has Artsy Way of Making Your Latte Original

By Yahoo News

Gabriel Nkweti Lafitte, a barista at the Starbucks across from the British Museum in Central London, makes a great cup of coffee, but he's known by customers for being something else – an incredible artist.

Taking the lead from Starbucks' policy of writing their customers' names on their disposable cups, the 41-year-old Frenchman regularly creates custom drawings to bring a bit of art into people's lives.


Photo by: Gabriel Nkweti Lafitte

Lafitte grew up in the African nation of Cameroon where he learned English and French. He worked in woodworking, carpentry and industrial design. As for drawing, he tells the Good News blog he’s only had one lesson – when he was 12 years old.


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"No one has EVER made me anything," tweets one customer to Lafitte. "I'm basking in this. Thank you to the incredibly talented Gabriel."


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"I love seeing people's reaction to my drawings," he told the Metro. "I enjoy the joy and surprise on their faces."


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Lafitte gets daily requests from customers hoping he'll create a custom cup for them, but reserves his talents for those who "exhibit some small kindness" while in the store.


Photo by: Gabriel Nkweti Lafitte

When he sees someone doing something kind or special for someone else, Lafitte will create the cup at home and arrange a day for the customer to return to the store to pick it up.


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"Most important for me was to do something unique," he tells the Good News blog. "People who are lovely, kind, gentle, nice and simply giving you a genuine smile gives me the desire of offering something in return."


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Some of Lafitte’s intricate designs on his custom cups take 40 hours to complete!


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While Lafitte refuses to sell his designs, he’s gotten many offers. "I give it away and I know she or he will remember this moment maybe forever," he says. "That is my reward."


Photo by: Gabriel Nkweti Lafitte

Check out more of Lafitte's one-of-a-kind creations on his Facebook page. And always be nice to your local barista and fellow java drinkers – you never know what will come from it!

Taken from: https://shine.yahoo.com/photos/starb...203900167.html
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That is very cool.

I'm glad I read the entire article... cus, up until half-way through, I was thinking: "Where does he find the time? How can he do that without letting my coffee go cold?"
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That is very cool.

I'm glad I read the entire article... cus, up until half-way through, I was thinking: "Where does he find the time? How can he do that without letting my coffee go cold?"
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Same here. I was thinking how long would I be waiting for my coffee.
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Those are sick. That must have taken a long time to do. Somebody give that guy a raise!
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good job, well done!
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Wow this is very cool and very creative. How special would it make you feel to know that somebody designed a coffee cup personally. I hope that they are paying him well for his talent. It is simply amazing.
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