August 27, 2019

Penang-based artist Mohd Azmi Bin Mohd Hussin made history when his most recent masterpiece was awarded the “longest coffee painting” accolade by the Malaysia Book of Records. What makes the 101-metre long painting truly remarkable is the fact that the entire artwork was painted with coffee made from 100% high-quality arabica whole beans from Starbucks, which depicts the Penang skyline and a glimpse of Pitt Street all the way to Seberang Perai. Paying tribute to the artist’s hometown, the painting also includes three notable Starbucks locations within Penang, which are Starbucks Green Hall, Starbucks Sri Pinang Drive-thru, and Starbucks Juru R&R Drive-thru.

The certification ceremony was officiated by Penang Chief Minister, Chow Kon Yeow, who said: “It is indeed an inspiration to see a local artist portray Penang’s beauty in such a unique way using Starbucks Coffee. Just like Starbucks and its bold and rich coffee legacy, the heritage of Penang will live on for years through this painting. This truly showcases Penangites as people who are in possession of admirable creative distinctions and it is my hope that this painting will inspire our local community for generations to come.”

“Starbucks believes in investing in the people and communities where we serve. Just like coffee, art has its own way of uniting people across diverse backgrounds, beliefs, abilities and age. It is these shared values and connections that drew us to this project,” said Sydney Quays, CEO of Berjaya Food Berhad and managing director of Starbucks Malaysia & Brunei. “We’re thrilled to be supporting talented individuals like Azmi to showcase their hometowns through the unique use of coffee, and we hope to continue working with like-minded individuals and organizations to further strengthen the creative arts industry here.”

In order to achieve different tones of brown, the whole bean coffees were grounded according to the correct grind setting, and then extracted by steeping in hot water for different amounts of time. Overall, the process used more than 20 cups of Starbucks Coffee of varying degrees of shades and colors, which were then carefully layered in varying tones to perfectly capture the silhouettes and nuances of Penang streets.

“After exploring different types of coffee for painting, I found that only pure ground coffee achieves the desired long-lasting result. Throughout the process, Starbucks has been very supportive to provide the necessary tools to ensure that I can perform to the best of my abilities,” said Mohd Azmi Bin Mohd Hussin. “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 and also the rich bond that Starbucks coffee brings to the multi-cultural Penang community.”

Popularly known as Azmi Hussin, who also received another Malaysia Book of Records accolade in March 2017 for "Most Caricature Live Paintings in 24 Hours", explained that the inspiration of this coffee painting came from foreign artists using coffee as a medium.

“In Malaysia, no one has attempted this before and I wanted to be the first to do this,” said Azmi, who added that the process of seeing this painting come to fruition was a long and arduous one, involving a lot of trial and error, but one which was eventually fulfilling.

Azmi Hussin plans to apply for the Guinness World Records for the longest coffee painting and to exhibit the remarkable coffee painting at Starbucks stores nationwide in the near future. For more information, please visit the Starbucks Malaysia website at

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