I’m Completely Useless Until I’ve Had My Morning Cup of Monkey

Trying to cut back on the caffeine? Try one of the cappuccino creations in this pictorial from Woman’s Day–delicate pictures in milk and chocolate that are so cute, you might just stare at them instead of drinking them.



Now see it in action, through the miracle of Cappuccin-O-Rama!

Pass the biscotti, Annie.



  1. Starlinguk says:


  2. Katiedid says:

    mmmmmm… 75% cream… mmmmmm
    Dont they have contests for this kinda stuff??

  3. WANT. 😯

  4. GingerBean says:

    That is just all kinds of cool!

  5. I always sip my capuchino bear at 8 am. It helps get the grizzley out!

  6. cheesybird says:

    I never thought a cup of coffee would make me squee until now.

    And you made me go off and check out other coffee art. This guy is amazing! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZO4yFmpJRQ&feature=related

    (BTW, is there a primer anywhere for this techno-eejit to learn how to actually use all those HTML tags down thar at the bottom of the comment box?)

  7. Coffee and CO two good things that go good together!

  8. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:

    @cheesybird: My favorite site for learning HTML codes is here: http://www.w3schools.com/html/

    The site includes instructions, a reference to codes, and a “try it yourself” system so that you can practice.

  9. Cheesybird… here is a nice tutorial I found on Line
    it has pictures too. which makes it even better.. be sure to try several different things.. once you get the idea of how a couple of things work you can logic out more difficult stuff.

  10. nomtom Jinx

  11. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:

    GMTA, Kittyadventures! 😀 It really is a good site, so I’m not surprised that I’m not the only one to suggest it.

  12. skippymom says:

    Capuchin monkey! Brilliant! I only watched the movie, can’t put sound on at work–this has to be Japanese, right?

  13. LOL 🙂

  14. Okay so the panda bear is sitting next to either Creme Brulee or Flan.

    and Now I WANT!!!!!

  15. skippymom says:

    Aren’t creme brulee and flan pretty much the same thing with different names depending on who makes them where? Must look that up.

    [They’re similar, yes, but there’s no way you’re going to mistake a spoonful of French creme brulee for a spoonful of Mexican flan. Try it blindfolded sometime. – Ed.]

  16. cheesybird says:

    Ooh! Thanks, NOMTOM and kittyadventures!

    *sits down with her boring old uncute cup of tea to play with the HTML tutorial*

  17. skippymom says:

    Kittyadventures: I looked it up and you’re right, they’re different, sorta. Apparently different textures, and flan has soft caramel as compared to the hard coating on creme brulee. And that concludes this installment of Custard Overload.

  18. I hate coffee (to drink) so someone has to think of a way to do that for my Diet Coke with Lime. Suggestions? Anyone? Anyone?


    […nothing’s coming to mind, sorry. 😛 – Ed.]

  19. LOL Skippy MOm untill you have tasted them both you can not know the joys of each… Consistency and flavor wise… the Creme brulee is creamier and d heavier
    the flan is light and ohhh so carmely! Also well at least if you are eating the mexican flan version warm from the oven it is muy excellante

    yeah they are similar ingredients but ohhh so different results.

  20. debg… may I recomend COCOA Monkey

  21. skippymom says:

    Kittyadventures, I have had both but my experience with flan was limited and long ago. I bow to your superior custard expertise. (BTW, which is better for flinging?)

    [Flan, no question. Much more splattery. – Ed.]

  22. skippymom says:

    And Theo, I bow in submission also to you.

  23. Cambridge Rat Mom says:

    for those of us with waaaay too much time on our hands….

    [Actually, I find coffee helps most when I have too little time, speaking for myself – Ed.]

  24. Kristabelle says:

    I’m going to have to try to make a cocoa monkey!!!! :O

  25. Hot chocolate

    Recently I did a Facebook “search your favorite things on Flickr!” survey thingie, and this is what I chose for hot chocolate C:

  26. I haven’t the words.

  27. Suddenly I’m not so impressed with the old “Jesus in my coffee” miracle.

  28. NO, no, no, the proper way to learn HTML (and XML, and PHP and all that good stuff) is on Sunday mornings in a windowless room with a crazy German librarian in bicycle pants.

    Wait, isn’t it?

  29. Theo.. Yep Flan has it in spades in the splattery department.

    Theresa…Yes I think you are correct that is the best way to learn HTML Code… in a windowless room with a crazy german Librarian in Bycicle pants.

  30. Von Zeppelin says:

    Theresa, I believe that German librarian used to teach classics at my university before he got interested in computer technology. Of course, in those days “bicycle pants” meant baggy tweed trousers with metal clips around the ankles.

  31. Neat! You all have to check out this video because it actually shows about 3 minutes of someone actually making a bunch of these creations. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVAp-8QDGz0&feature=player_embedded

  32. Starlinguk says:

    Where I come, a flan is a large pie made of a bread-type dough and filled with custard and fruit, and creme brulee is a small pot of custard with burnt sugar on top.

    [Brilliant! Absolutely FANTASTIC flan-projectile potential. 8) – Ed.]

  33. berthaservant says:

    This must be why coffee costs like nine dollars.

  34. Sort of makes me wish I liked coffee!

  35. Hmmmm; there must be some way of preserving these preshus little works of art for posterity… 😕

    […like, oh, photography or video, maybe? 😉 – Ed.]

  36. Tx for the learning links! I’m gonna go for the xml…

    Sent the vid to my friends, so now it’s coffee break time – but it won’t look or taste like that!

  37. Okay becasue every one should have a good flan recipe
    A real Spanish Flan recipe.. not the ones with condensed milk which give it a different flavor

  38. I thought it was cool when a barrista in Portland made a tree in my latte…and I don’t even normally buy coffee! This is kickin’ it up a notch!

    Must demand a cat next time.

  39. next time i go to starbucks i’m going to order a decaf grande teddy bear faced latte

  40. @whomever

    Barista competitions: http://www.worldbaristachampionship.com/

    Also, I like how the cup handle looks like a monkey ear.

  41. Now THAT’S talent.

  42. skippymom says:

    Thanks for the recipe, kittyadventures. Looks easy. I’ll have to come up with an occasion to try it. I wonder whether the boycats would like it?

  43. cheesybird says:

    Theresa 04.24.09 at 10:17 am
    “NO, no, no, the proper way to learn HTML (and XML, and PHP and all that good stuff) is on Sunday mornings in a windowless room with a crazy German librarian in bicycle pants.”

    Wait… that’s how I learned to make the perfect omelet.

    [The trick is to whip a little WATER in with the eggs, not milk. Especially if you have water handy which you’ve recently used to boil potatoes, or pasta. For real. – Ed.]

  44. “Mom, Mom, I got a job!”

    “Oh, wonderful sweetheart, what is it?”

    “I make monkey and bear faces in people’s coffee!”

    “That’s nice, dear.”

  45. Amazing!!! I couldn’t drink that, it would be to…cruel

  46. Katrina, “I make monkey faces in people’s coffee” produced kind of a different (and rather messy) mental picture for me. :mrgreen:

  47. debg: Try hot chocolate.

    […or a soy chai latte! – Ed.]

  48. Monkehs ‘n pandas; an important part of a nutritious breakfast…

    [Links added from Pop Art Machine, which I just discovered… 😉 – Ed.]

  49. Barista, for this outrageous $5 grande, I demand the monkey on my cappuccino!! Or a panda!! Now!!

  50. Listen, Edgar, Edwin, ..whomever you are, if I wanted a link I’da done a link.
    Woah. Neato freaky-kewl!
    Alright, linkwise-guy….alright.

  51. “Editor”, Py. C’est moi.

  52. Samantha says:

    I bet he makes a perfect clover in the Guinness head, too.

    [Now that’s something I’d like to see. – Ed.]

  53. *shakes head* Too cute to drink.

  54. Theo, wut a kidder you are; now you know I meant the ackshual cuppa cappuccino
    itself: preserved behind glass in a museum, where generashuns to come can gawk and admire the very work of art that made their ancestors be edified or amused, as the case may be……. 😉

  55. berthaservant says:

    I’m not sure how I feel about custard but I love the plays of Flannery O’Connor.

  56. I’m halfway like “someone has too much time on their hands” and halfway like “I wish there was somewhere around here to get those…” Wouldn’t that be great? Some posh little coffee shop? I wonder how much it would cost? I’m not sure I could bring myself to drink one, though…

  57. awsome

  58. Kirsten D. says:

    Oh man, I would drink this in a heartbeat and love every second of it. I’m a huge fan of cappuccinos and lattes, and coffee art is beautiful. I’ll admit to squeeing inwardly when seeing this post, ahaha. Nomlicious!

  59. I would never want to drink my latte. I’d just want to stare at the pretty animals all day…ahnnn…

  60. Kristy, the tree you got in your latte in is called a rosetta. Rosettas and heart shapes are the most common styles of latte art you will find when a real pro barista makes you a cappuccino, latte or macchiato. You can find a lot of cool videos on YouTube of people pouring latte art. It’s fascinating to watch!

    And these are SUPER CUTE!! How crazy would it be to order a cappuccino at a coffee shop and see something like that looking up at you? I don’t know if I could drink it, either…

  61. The Shazinator says:

    In Hong Kong, the Charlie Brown Café makes great lattés. A friend of mine was there and after seeing her pics, I want to go to Hong Kong just to visit that café!!

    I checked on Flickr and there are a bunch of photos…here are a couple:



    I wouldn’t be able to drink the Woodstock one!!

  62. kibblenibble says:

    But by the time they make the little picture on top, the coffee must be getting cold…
    😦 Sorry, my impatient side is showing.

  63. duck au vin says:

    Skippymom-LOL Custard Overload.
    What they’re adding to the coffee appears thicker than your regular milk, cream,
    or half n half. Could it be from a small pitcher of creamy pourable marshmallow?
    That-or something like it-seems like a good choice for this art form.

  64. Sheesh… “Ed”sel has been busy today. 😉

  65. cheesybird says:

    Theo, that was you?! Still got the bicycle pants?

  66. Raemie L says:

    Lots of interesting linkageses and ideas here, including the coffee alternatives for peeps avoiding caffeine (like me) or dislike the taste.

  67. Mr. Ed., oh I mean, pardon moi, Monsieur Ed., oui-oui I kneau who yeau are. I vas onlay kiddink. Wink-wink.

    Oh how I miss the CO good old days. Sigh. When Ed. was Teho. When NOMTOM was Not That MikeThe Other Mike…
    Yay Meg is still Meg!

  68. Very cool. Some people are so creative.

  69. Black Ice says:

    That’s awesome! :is easily impressed it seems: I want one now! 😀

  70. Hon Glad says:

    My local supermarket sells some gahstly looking spam stuff with a teddybear face on it. Any connection between it and real food is purely coincidental

  71. Selphie van der Boffin says:

    The panda scroll-over is probably one of my favourites ever. Hilarious! Keep it up.

  72. Theo- that would be ”l’estat, c’est moi” for you, dear.

    [As long as it’s not “Lestat de Lioncourt”, I’m easy. – Ed.]

  73. These are just awesome, and I would definately wait the extra 10 minutes for my coffee if they came out like this!

  74. Soooo cute! Thks for sharing 🙂

  75. I just got a new espresso machine, can’t wait to try this!

    [Can I come over to your place?? *jitterjitter* – Ed.]

  76. They are adorable! I won’t want to spoil them and drink them.

  77. Those coffees would make my morning!

  78. OK, how do you do that! So crazy and cool!

  79. Awe, how cute!

    I love coffee…latte’s, fraps, etc….yummy!

    Thanks for sharing these darlings!

  80. I forgot to say… THANK YOU!

  81. Oh how cute is that!