10/31/2012 09:10 am ET

Latte Art: 15 Impressive Examples (PHOTOS)

Coffee isn't just coffee anymore. It's a french-pressed, extra dark or triple shot beverage. We're spoiled with great options when it comes to getting our caffeine fix, from the bean all the way down to the presentation. Latte art has changed the espresso fix from one of function to one of artistry.

Working at a coffee shop is no longer just an after school job, it's a full-time profession; and one that requires a level of craftsmanship and artistic skill to nail the now-expected latte art. It started with the simple rosetta, but now that's common place. Baristas are pushing beyond this delicate leaf pattern onto more intricate -- and cute -- designs. Check it out.

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