Coffee Warhol, Hiroshi Sawada!

The day back to work after a long weekend can be a little strange. It’s just enough time to trick your body into feeling like you’re on vacation, but short enough to say, “Ha! Just kidding!” Luckily for us at KEEN, we all understand this phenomenon and digital manager Mark Shimahara sent an SOS our way in the form of Hiroshi Sawada.

Hiroshi is a Japanese phenom who started out as a barista and is now widely considered the best latte artist in the game. He’s internationally known and when he rides into competitions in coffee capitals like Seattle, he usually ends up sweeping the whole thing. If you’ve ever seen a billboard with McDonald’s coffee on it, it’s his work being featured. He’s donated his entire prize winnings to a children’s charity before, supports other coffee shops in Japan, opened his own Streamer Coffee and parts company, and is credited with helping the barista scene flourish overseas. Oh, and did I mention he also wrote his second book? It’s called Hiroshi’s Latte Art & Barista Style and it teaches you how to make latte art!

Hiroshi was kind enough to stop by KEEN HQ and made a bunch of lucky folks some lattes and showed off the skills that made him a world champion! His dedication to his craft, generosity, and willingness to share his talent and knowledge were impressive to see. Thank you Hiroshi for stopping by and getting us out of our Tuesday blues! Be sure to check out his awesome Instagram at @streamercoffeecompany and his Facebook page as well.