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Latte art is like coffee sorcery to me; I’m honored and amazed when a barista hands me my latte with a little zig-zag in it. But zig-zags are mere child’s play for Lee Kang-Bin (이강빈), a latte art wizard and co-owner of Café C. Through in Seoul.

Lee sells his creations—what he calls cream art—at his café, and posts photos and videos of his work on his Instagram, @leekangbin91, where he has 196,000 followers. The cream art goes for a little over $6.50, and you have to make reservations in order to get one of three that he makes daily (reservations appear to be closed right now).

“Coffee is a fairy tale to me,” Lee told CNN recently. “It helps me express exactly what I want and brings my dreams to life. People who specialize in latte art usually only use two colors: black and white. But I wanted to break that color limit.”

Scroll through to see some of Lee’s most jaw-dropping cream art.

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Brim over with #Galaxy ✨🌠 . . . 라떼아트 1:1 교육 & 원두납품 문의 카톡 : CTHROUGH . "price for "creamart" or "bear" are ₩7500($7.5) each, if you would like another design, you need to make a reservation but are only allow up to three different creamart(s) a day. . 📌📌📌Reservations are closed as of now so I will not take any reservations for a while, but "bear" designs can be ordered any time" . 403-3, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu Monday & Tuesday 14:00 – 10:00 Everyday 12:00 – 10:00 . . . #씨스루 #cthrough #카페씨스루 #커피스타그램 #경리단길 #경리단길카페 #경리단길맛집 #녹사평 #녹사평카페 #이태원 #이태원카페 #이태원맛집 #라떼아트 #크리마트 #먹스타그램 #today #instagram #dailyart #coffee #barista #latte #latteart #cafelatte #coffeetime #creamart #espresso #artwork #art

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Lattes aren’t just getting topped with art—there are otherworldly blue algae lattes and even avolattes, the Instagram joke that became a reality.