via mail online : Insects are generally not a welcoming sight at coffee shops. But at this store in Taiwan, customers are flocking to have their drinks topped with cockroaches, mosquitoes and even centipedes – all made with chocolate and foam.
Chang Kuei Fang, a barista of 14 years and the owner of My Cofi, has gained many fans in Kaohsiung after she started to turn cups of coffee into innovative 3D art.
Customers can walk into Ms Chang’s shop with a picture and request her to make a cup of personalised coffee based on the image.
Insects are popular orders, apparently.
Ms Chang, 48, said she had drawn various bugs, from cockroaches and mosquitoes, to scorpions and spiders.
When business is good, she could draw 40 cups of these customised coffee, each taking her up to 15 minutes.
Depending on the complexity of the picture, Ms Chang charges 200 to 1,000 New Taiwan Dollar (£5 to 24) for a drink.
Last month, pictures of Ms Chang’s ‘cockroach cappuccino’ became viral on Facebook, gathering more than 10,000 comments and 43,000 shares.
The post also came with a video, which appeared to show the creative barista making the drink.
Ms Chang told MailOnline that the viral video was in fact an edited clip. It was reversed motion of an original video showing her stirring a cup of ‘cockroach cappuccino’ clockwise.
The video has brought more customers to her store who hoped to order a cup of insect coffee.
‘Once, a group of 10 people came to my shop and ordered 10 cups of cockroach coffee,’ Ms Chang said.
‘It was because their boss was scared of cockroaches and they wanted to laugh about it.’
Ms Chang then shared with MailOnline another video which showed how she painstakingly drew a cockroach on the coffee with melted chocolate.
Ms Chang can also draw the image of her customer’s pet on their coffee – no matter it’s a dog, cat, turtle or toad.
She said she started offering the service by chance.
At the beginning, she wanted to practise drawing on the milk foam with chocolate out of curiosity. Some customers saw her doing that and wanted her to recreate their cats and dogs.
‘I like accepting challenges, so I said yes,’ said Ms Chang.
Talking about her most memorable creation, Ms Chang said she once helped a woman portraying her beloved late cat.
‘She was looking at me drawing over the counter, and when I presented the work to her, she suddenly cried. She was so touched to see the image of her cat.’
Talking about the future, Ms Chang said she would carry on making personalised coffee.
‘As I keep practising, I hope I could make more and more difficult pictures as time goes by,’ she said.