Admit it:聽Part of the charm of going to a local cafe versus Starbucks is the cute little heart your barista makes in your latte with the steamed milk. Or maybe it鈥檚 a flower or cute little animal or even in 3D, if聽they are聽especially skilled. Now聽Ripples, a new machine and app, is making latte art a cinch, so even you can do the most complex designs right in your own kitchen.


Ripples聽allows聽users to聽create聽latte art out of pretty much any image in their photo library. Seriously, any pic聽will do, from聽your dog, your fave quote or even a doodle. Using the app, you can tweak the photo, crop it, adjust the brightness and anything else you鈥檙e already used to doing on Instagram. Then the image is sent via WiFi to the聽Ripples machine, which creates your coffee, complete with your gorgeous聽latte art.


The official Ripples price and release date is still TBD, but this could be a game changer聽for local cafes once it hits the market. Latte art is time-consuming to train and to do. Ripples聽could mean a fancier cup of coffee with less waiting in line for you. But skilled baristas might not like this machine that takes away from their caffeinated works of art. Many pride themselves on their skills, and even enter latte art competitions across聽the country. Will latte art be as special聽once anyone can do it?


Still, we can鈥檛 help dream up our own Ripples creations. A latte art marriage proposal, perhaps? A clever way to ask the cute guy at the next table for his number? Using a meme to make a friend laugh? Things could get pretty out of control, in the best way possible.


What do you think about Ripples? Are you loving it, or do you think it takes away from the craft of latte art? Sound off in the comments.