Ziggy and the Coffees from Mars
 Baw Baw Features  

By // 14:54, Monday 13 April 2015

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DAN McPherson loves his coffee. He also loves David Bowie.

Above: Dan and his coffee. Photos: William PJ Kulich.

First published in the 27 March 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen.

Working at Sticcado Café in Yarragon, he makes many, many coffees. When there are not too many people waiting he likes to show off his artistic flair, creating coffee art – drawings in the froth of the coffee.


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He recently started working colour into his designs too, starting with the face of David Bowie, but he has had many requests.

“A zombie cat, and another was for a map of India,” he told the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen.

“I’ll give anything a crack.

“I’ve been making coffee for about two and a half years now, so it’s come down to a lot of learning, getting the right amount of foam, working quickly.

“I’ve watched other people do this kind of thing, and a lot of it has come down to experimentation and trying to find the technique by myself.

“Practice is the big one.”

As well as the traditional fern leaf, Dan has also created dragons, Indian chiefs and even more complex designs.

“It’s getting more and more intensive,” he said.

The Trafalgar High School graduate and actor hopes to have a career as a barista.


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“It’s something I have a huge amount of passion for,” he said.

“I would love to go to the Melbourne scene and learn from and teach the baristas there.

“That’s the great thing about hospitality, you learn from each other.”

Anyone can request any design “if we’re not too busy.”

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2 responses to “Ziggy and the Coffees from Mars”

  1. Wombat Lyons says:

    fantastic designs, wonder if he could put a wombat in mine

  2. Di says:

    congratulations Dan on your ‘froth designs’ – all the best for the future 🙂