A London-based chain of tea rooms has become the first in the UK and Europe to offer what it is calling the “Selfieccino”, a cappuccino with the customer’s selfie printed on it using futuristic printing technology that scans the selfie and injects edible food colouring into the froth to print the image.
“We are proud to be introducing something quite unique to the UK market. It’s the first time people will be able to print their selfie, or any image, on their cappuccino, said Ehab Shouly, Managing Director of The Tea Terrace, which owns and operates three tea rooms at the House of Fraser department stores in London Oxford Street, London Victoria Street and Guilford.
Customers simply take a selfie and then send it via a messaging app to the barista at The Tea Terrace who will then prepare a delicious frothy cappuccino as they would normally do. The barista then puts the mug of cappuccino under the high-tech printer which then prints the selfie on to the froth in less than 30 seconds.
“The likeness and accuracy of the image is amazing. And it still looks like what is known among coffee lovers as ‘barista art’, which is when a barista spends time creating a likeness of a customer on the froth manually. “The problem with barista art is that by the time it’s done, the cappuccino’s gone cold,” Shouly said.