Barista Gorgeously Customizes His Customers’ Cups at U.K. Starbucks

Artist spends 40 hours on each

Artist and barista Gabriel Nkweti Lafitte, who works at the Starbucks across from the British Museum in London, has been taking some pretty awesome liberties with the chain's "name on a cup" policy for dispensing coffee to customers.

Lafitte incorporates lucky customers' names into hand-drawn line art on their cups, and some of the designs—which are as inventive and detailed as anything I've seen out of a proper design shop—take him up to 40 hours to complete.

I don't know what his original system was for deciding who got special art cups, but right now he only takes requests (and he's swamped). Starbucks, which tells Metro U.K. "it's fantastic how he takes our iconic cup design and makes it his own," should just commission Lafitte to do a line of ceramic mugs before another company figures out that he's way too talented to be slinging iced coffees all day.

Check out some of our favorites below and a full gallery on his Facebook page.