There's something brewing in Sunshine Plata's paintings. This Filipino artist prefers tea but when it comes to painting whimsical scenes and rural landscapes coffee rules.

She used to work with oil but now its powdered coffee. By mixing different quantities of coffee powder with water Plata creates contrasting shades of brown. A tube of oil paint costs at least 500 pesos or 11 U.S. dollars. And a bottle of instant coffee is only around 150 pesos or 3 U.S. dollars.

[Sunshine Plata, Coffee Artist]:
"I started painting with coffee because I wanted a cheaper medium that was accessible to me."

This preschool teacher with a psychology degree likes to draw fairies, butterflies and fishes.

[Sunshine Plata, Coffee Artist]:
"I'm a tea addict, as a matter of fact. I don't drink coffee, because I love to sleep. If I ever drank coffee, I wouldn't be able to sleep, and it's through my sleep wherein I get my ideas and my dreams and my paintings from. So you don't have to be a coffee drinker."She says her work is a statement that anyone, regardless of age or background can paint with anything.

And with Nescafe sponsoring some of her solo exhibits and her paintings selling for around 400 U.S. dollars who knows what else will end up on the canvas.

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