The word alone can send people into a frenzy. Go a day without the black brew and chaos can ensue. For some it’s an occasional treat, but for others it’s an obsession, a habit they don’t want to break with.

Coffee and I have a long history together. We go way back. Mom giving us “latte e cafe” (a shot of espresso and milk) every morning before sending us off to grade school completely wired, my crusade to switch the coffee at work to fair trade and then, of course, there was the summer of Illy, when after a trip to Italy and I became fixated on opening up an Illy shop in Windsor. Good times, good times indeed.

You’ll hear about coffee alot from me. I can go on and on about this black nectar. And I have…repeatedly…much to the dismay of my friends, family and coworkers. From selecting the perfect bean to making the perfect cappuccino. But using coffee as art? That one is new even to me.

An example of coffee art.

Andrew and Angel have discovered a unique and creative way of using coffee as their medium. Coffee Art is a collection of their works that vary from portraits to nature to scandanavian themes. I love this site. Not only because I’m obsessed with anything coffee related, but because they took an everyday commodity and turned into works of art.

Here’s a little blurb about them taken from their site:

Andrew Saur and Angel Sarkela-Saur have been painting with coffee for several years now. It all started one summer when they planned their first art show in a coffee house in Duluth, Minnesota. They wanted to come up with something unique and creative. Since their show was going to take place in a coffee house, they thought it would be appropriate to use coffee as their medium. They tried several techniques, such as using the coffee bean to sketch with and making pastels out of coffee grounds. These techniques were not successful. So they finally decided to use the coffee as a watercolor. The watercolor technique was the most effective way the artists found to use. They first sketch out an idea, then start brewing a really strong pot of coffee that is really dark and thick! From there, water is added to gain the subtle tones of brown. Finally, a clear coat of acrylic is added to preserve the art and a painting of delicate beauty is finished.

Although they are in Minnesota, you can browse their gallery and order paintings online To learn more about Andrew and Angel, check out their site!