Fresh brew of success as Penang cartoonist coffee paints his way into record books

Last update: 25/08/2019

GEORGE TOWN, Aug 25 (Bernama) -- Penang-born cartoonist Mohd Azmi Mohd Hussin created history today when his work of art using ground coffee got him into the Malaysian Book of Records for the "longest coffee painting".

The 35-year-old became the first Malaysian to do so after painting a 101-metre long art work of more than 100 landmarks in Penang using ground coffee from high quality Arabica whole beans from Starbucks.

Mohd Azmi said it took him 25 days to complete the painting which depicts the Penang skyline from the Kapitan Keling Mosque to Seberang Perai on the mainland. 

He said in order to achieve different tones of brown, the beans were grounded according to the correct grind setting and then extracted by steeping in hot water for different amounts of time.

"After exploring different types of coffee for painting, I found that only pure ground coffee achieves the desired long-lasting result. Everyday I spent about eight hours to paint at least five metres in length," he told reporters here today.

Earlier, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow and Managing Director of Starbucks Malaysia and Brunei Sydney Quays witnessed the presentation of Malaysia Book of Records certificate by Malaysia Book of Records Sdn Bhd Chief Operating Officer Christopher Wong to Azmi at Starbucks Sri Pinang here.

Mohd Azmi said throughout the process, Starbucks has been very supportive to provide the necessary tools to ensure that he can perform to the best of his abilities.

"Working with Starbucks has truly been an enriching experience and I am truly grateful to Starbucks Malaysia for providing me this platform to pay tribute to my hometown," he said.

In 2017, Azmi successfully achieved his first Malaysia Book of Records recognition with the most caricatures drawn in 24 hours.

However, Mohd Azmi who goes by the pen name ME said his next target is to attempt the Guinness World record for the longest coffee painting and to exhibit his paintings at Starbucks stores nationwide in the near future.

"I m currently occupying a small gallery in Penang Road but I really hope to have a proper place to display my work in the future," he said.

In his six-year career as a cartoonist in Penang, Mohd Azmi has produced three comic books titled ‘Tanjong Life’, ‘Little Mamak’ and ‘Lost in Bagan’.