Image: Courtesy of Melannie Aquino



Like several folks, Ryan Reynolds picked up some new capabilities all through the pandemic. But he’s not baking banana bread or gardening: The award-profitable actor learned ice sculpting, nail art, ax throwing and more, like latte artwork from O‘ahu-born Melannie Aquino, for his new Snapchat sequence, Ryan Does not Know. (Sure, Snapchat has authentic reveals now.) at?v=qyr5Q5audSU


Aquino, who is from Wahiawā and graduated from Leilehua High University in 2005, moved to San Francisco for artwork school. There she started doing work at a coffee shop exactly where she realized the fundamentals of latte art. When a shopper requested a consume and she felt that the style did not come out correct, she turned it into a very little bear—something her co-employee explained Japanese baristas do when they make issues. “The buyer genuinely, genuinely favored it, which was wonderful,” she suggests. So she saved experimenting and honing her techniques. “And then all of a unexpected, somebody emailed me … her opening line was one thing like, ‘I specialize in persons going viral, and I’d like to aid you,’ and I was like, Ok, guaranteed!”



It labored. Blogs about Aquino and her artwork commenced showing up first locally in San Francisco, then on The Huffington Put up, Refinery29, GQ Italia, Vogue. “And the next point I know, folks are just asking, could I train courses? So I begun performing that through Airbnb. I have finished a lyric video clip for Echosmith. I have performed are living streams for Tastemade.” Mashable said she “might be the world’s greatest latte artist” in 2016. She’s also taught latte artwork as a staff-developing workout her customers have integrated Netflix and Google. Nevertheless the drawings she posts on Instagram can just take her extra than 5 minutes, all the types she helps make for consumers are accomplished in beneath a moment so the drink stays hot.


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For the earlier number of yrs, Aquino has been working as the experiential promoting manager for a chai enterprise, undertaking tastings and latte artwork demonstrations all around the earth. (Enjoyable truth: Drawings maintain up superior in chai, mocha and scorching chocolate drinks than in lattes.) She was furloughed in July when vacation turned also dangerous. “I just stay at property now, which is terrific due to the fact that position let me borrow an espresso equipment. And that is truly how I’m equipped to do all of these tasks,” she suggests.



Reynolds’ crew achieved out to Aquino immediately after getting her on Instagram, which is how she receives a lot of work opportunities. “I was possessing one particular of these really hard weeks, and then I get an electronic mail, and they give me like, three days’ recognize, and I was like, what? What’s heading on? Ok!”


There were being no rehearsals. Aquino had a rough notion of how it would go, “But I did not fairly know how the move was gonna be,” she suggests, “but Ryan was just good.” Reynolds led the way, asking whether or not she prefers to be referred to as Melannie or Mel and what her pronouns are. Aquino, who is queer, suggests not numerous persons talk to people questions. “He’s actually, definitely well mannered.”


They expended about an hour together on Zoom, which was cut down to just a several minutes for the episode. So how did he do? “I like to established every person up for achievement. It is a totally new medium, right—you’re drawing with liquid,” she suggests. “And so I assume he did excellent, looking at it was some thing really different.”



“You know, truthfully, the most effective point I could notify anybody is, it does not subject how niche or strange a thing that you like is. If you appreciate it, just article it, just share it with persons and there are people out there who will link with it,” Aquino says. “I’ve lived in San Francisco because 2006, and each and every day I stroll about like, guy, I grew up in the center of a pineapple discipline, and this is what I’m performing. It’s quite random.”


Melannie Aquino Shave Ice

Image: Courtesy of Melannie Aquino



Aquino generally will come property to Hawai‘i once or two times a 12 months to stop by family members, as effectively as her favourite nearby espresso shop: The Suppress in Kaimukī. “Every time I go household, I stop by there. And I do not believe they know who I am. I’m always anxious to convey to folks that I’m also in the espresso industry.”


New episodes of Ryan Does not Know premiere each few days. Download Snapchat to subscribe and check out.


Stick to Aquino on Instagram at @melaquino. For latte artwork and occasions, email her at [email protected] 



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