LONDON: A cafe in London is taking barista art to a new level by giving customers the chance to sip on their own self-portraits.
The Tea Terrace, based in House of Fraser’s Oxford Street branch, has become Europe’s first location to deliver the “selfieccino,” which features an image of customers’ faces on the frothy topping of their drinks.
Patrons send their headshots via an online messaging app to the barista and are given the choice of either a cappuccino or hot chocolate as their canvas.
The image is uploaded to the “Cino” machine while the drink is placed in position. The picture is then scanned and reproduced onto the froth using flavourless food colouring.
The process takes around four minutes before an image is presented on the froth, ready to be photographed and sent to all points via social media before drinking, and costs around 5.75 pounds. ($7.5)
”Due to social media, the dining experience has completely shifted,“ owner of The Tea Terrace Ehab Salem Shouly said. ”It’s not enough anymore to just deliver great food and great service; it has got to be Instagram worthy.”
Over 400 of the personalized drinks have been sold since they launched on Saturday, with the hashtag “selfieccino” going viral across various social media platforms.
Very nice that @theteaterrace is the first in the UK and Europe to offer this technology which allows us to print our Selfie on the froth of your Cappuccino (or Hot Chocolate if you’re not a big fan of coffee. Only at our Oxford Street branch at @houseoffraser Oxford Street and coming soon to our Guildford and London Victoria branches. I loved my selfie. Thank you! ☕️ #selfieccino #theteaterrace #houseoffraser #coffeeart #baristaart #barista
The ultimate in superfluous, first world frivolities but it’s Christmas & I needed a hot drink anyway as my increasingly husky voice, described by friends over the weekend as “sexy” is now seemingly less sexy as I was the croaky, coughing person yesterday that everyone on the train tried to stand away from. The photo of me was taken in Boracay, Philippines a couple of weeks ago (hence the big smile on my face) & yesterday, it found itself topping a soya hot chocolate #Selfieccino @theteaterrace in London. If you want to see how it compares to the original pic, swipe across to the 2nd photo I’ve attached here.
The Tea Terrace hopes to trademark the term as they expand the service across their other two locations in London Victoria and Guildford, Surrey.