Most of us don’t give a second thought to pouring a cup of coffee. And that’s how it should be. With eyes closed, half-asleep, and slumped like a zombie, we enter the kitchen hoping for caffeinated salvation. The first gulp down, and we can now think more clearly.

On the other hand, there exist pro baristas mastering the art of coffee making. Milk texturing and pouring techniques are their daily bread, and we can only sigh at the sight of beautifully crisp foam forming a leaf on top of the cappuccino.

Somewhere in the middle stand the avid coffee drinkers who got into accidental coffee art. Fueled by pure chance and a thirst for caffeine, they produced some quite splendid foamy artworks that Bored Panda has compiled in the list below. So next time you pour yourself a coffee, who knows, you may well come up with something more exciting than a meh-looking hot liquid.

#1

My Coffe Art Today Is A Cat Letting Off An Atomic Bomb

My Coffe Art Today Is A Cat Letting Off An Atomic Bomb

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Matthew White
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3 months ago

Exploding kittens

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#2

Here's A Coffee Frog!

Here's A Coffee Frog!

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Peyton Pollard
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3 months ago

It's so friggin Cute!!!

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#3

Spilled My Coffee And Accidentaly Created Art

Spilled My Coffee And Accidentaly Created Art

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Night Owl
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3 months ago (edited)

I love it. Even the (coffee)bird poo is there :D

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If you've ever wondered how on earth the baristas pour the most beautiful foam leaf on top of your latte, just remember that it’s not as simple as it looks. If you've tried recreating coffee art at home, you have probably given up by this point, or, if you were a little luckier, come up with some of what we call "accidental coffee art" in this article.

But in order to work that Insta-perfect coffee art you’d wanna share on social media, it's gonna take a lot more than an accident. It turns out, a skilled coffee builder will primarily address the technique for steaming milk.

"What’s so special about steaming milk?" you may ask. Well, bear with me.

#4

My Hot Chocolate Is Shocked

My Hot Chocolate Is Shocked

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Sent From The Slytherin House
Community Member
3 months ago

I laughed so dang hard at this! Help me!

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#5

I Accidentally Painted A Silhouette Of A Forest In My Last Sip Of Coffee

I Accidentally Painted A Silhouette Of A Forest In My Last Sip Of Coffee

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postboredom
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3 months ago

Bob ross would be proud

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#6

Accidentally Created A Porcupine By Pouring Instant Coffee Over An Americano

Accidentally Created A Porcupine By Pouring Instant Coffee Over An Americano

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Verena Gitterle
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3 months ago

I think it is a hedgehog

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Fill your pitcher with milk to the bottom of the spout and turn on the wand. Submerging it and raising it to the point of hearing hisses is something you may practice at home. Raise it too far or too little, and you will have to try again.You can only turn off the wand once the milk is about 140°F–180°F.

Some baristas have ears so skilled that they can tell when the foam is ready by the sound of the rising pitch. Now, give it a firm tap on the counter.

This should be the cherry on top of your milk-steaming procedure, and only after that, and if you’ve done everything right, you can get ready for pouring. The main aspects of the pouring technique are speed and height above the bowl.

At this point, I will leave you with this introductory video showing how to make latte art in slow motion. The most important thing, after all, is taste. So whether you have a nice elegant leaf on top of your foam or drink it all flat and basic, it’s all about exciting those taste buds and enjoying the moment.

#7

Spilled A Bit Of Coffee. Came Back Later To See It Looking At Me

Spilled A Bit Of Coffee. Came Back Later To See It Looking At Me

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David K
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3 months ago

I am looking at you, Bob! You´ve done some nasty stuff here!

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#8

My Morning Coffee Had A Flying Unicorn In It

My Morning Coffee Had A Flying Unicorn In It

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Slinkman
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3 months ago

Unicoffee!!

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#9

This Morning’s Coffee Bloom Looked Like A Surprised Bear

This Morning’s Coffee Bloom Looked Like A Surprised Bear

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

The bear is surprised because it did not expect to be there.

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#10

Shark Shaped Coffee Stain

Shark Shaped Coffee Stain

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Slinkman
Community Member
3 months ago

Coffee Shark tudududududu

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#11

This Is How My Coffee Machine Greeted Me Today

This Is How My Coffee Machine Greeted Me Today

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Alex T
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3 months ago

he's happy to see u

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#12

Accidental Coffee Art

Accidental Coffee Art

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Just in time for Halloween.

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#13

This Coffee Stain On My Cup Vaguely Resembles A World Map

This Coffee Stain On My Cup Vaguely Resembles A World Map

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Linus Nilsson
Community Member
3 months ago

South America has finally had it's fill of north america

BusLady
Community Member
3 months ago

We're moving to Africa.

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Sawdust
Community Member
3 months ago

New Zealand was left off the map again...typical!

Rainbow Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

I think I see a dot! 😱

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Natasha Arceo
Community Member
3 months ago

it even has the Bermuda triangle

Rainbow Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

The coffee tried. 😛

Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
3 months ago

Or a horse munching on a butterfly.

Maria Roberts
Community Member
3 months ago

So it does...

Carole Hamilton
Community Member
2 months ago

latteworld

Lindsay Crawford
Community Member
2 months ago

Australia scrunched into India!

Quazmodic
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes. A map of Pangea. lol

Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

Villeroy & Boch Design Naif mug.

Darwinist
Community Member
3 months ago

"Vaguely" /s

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#14

Accidental Coffee Art

Accidental Coffee Art

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phantom buni
Community Member
3 months ago

Like a silhouette portrait of Elizabeth Bennett

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#15

Accidental T-Rex?

Accidental T-Rex?

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Lathari
Community Member
3 months ago

Maybe a Philosoraptor?

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#16

Dried Coffee That Looks Like A Landscape Painting

Dried Coffee That Looks Like A Landscape Painting

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Peyton Pollard
Community Member
3 months ago

Bob Ross is proud

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#17

My Friend's Coffee Spilled In The Shape Of A Guitar

My Friend's Coffee Spilled In The Shape Of A Guitar

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

While my guitar gently seeps.

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#18

Coffee Stain On My Floor Look Like Pac-Man Eating A Pellet

Coffee Stain On My Floor Look Like Pac-Man Eating A Pellet

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Alex T
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3 months ago

its called a pellet? i just called it dot

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#19

My Coffee Stain Made A Bird

My Coffee Stain Made A Bird

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Alex T
Community Member
3 months ago

birb

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#20

My Coffee Left A Stain That Looks Like A Skull

My Coffee Left A Stain That Looks Like A Skull

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Night Owl
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

I'd find that creepy

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#21

Still My Best Work

Still My Best Work

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Colin Allcars
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks more like a sloth to me.

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#22

My Coffe Decided To Be An Apple

My Coffe Decided To Be An Apple

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Eirik Johnsbråten
Community Member
3 months ago

Or give you the finger.

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#23

My Coffee Spill Clean-Up Looks Like A Brain

My Coffee Spill Clean-Up Looks Like A Brain

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BusLady
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh, it does indeed.

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#24

Accidental Coffee Art

Accidental Coffee Art

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Verena Gitterle
Community Member
3 months ago

rubber duck

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#25

Accidentally Made A Sea Turtle In A Customer’s Latte Today. We Were All Very Excited

Accidentally Made A Sea Turtle In A Customer’s Latte Today. We Were All Very Excited

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Sent From The Slytherin House
Community Member
3 months ago

Okay, that is actually really cool.

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#26

Coffee Stain Looks Like It's Staring At You

Coffee Stain Looks Like It's Staring At You

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Ye gads - that's creepy!

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#27

Totally Legitimate Jesus In My Coffee Spill

Totally Legitimate Jesus In My Coffee Spill

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Jesus is everywhere.

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#28

The Froth On My Coffee Looks Like A Man Fishing

The Froth On My Coffee Looks Like A Man Fishing

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Dana Grunwald
Community Member
3 months ago

Or a man with a snake!

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#29

Accidental Latte Art Looks Like A Victorian Lady With A Bit Butt

Accidental Latte Art Looks Like A Victorian Lady With A Bit Butt

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
3 months ago

Jessica Rabbit ain't no victorian lady.

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#30

It's Ok, I Made A White Dove To Symbolise Peace! (Even Though It Was Supposed To Be A Heart)

It's Ok, I Made A White Dove To Symbolise Peace! (Even Though It Was Supposed To Be A Heart)

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Alex T
Community Member
3 months ago

improvise. adapt. overcome.

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