Based in Ontinyent, a small Spanish town near Valencia, Salcedo’s Instagram feed @nuriamarq carries global appeal. Using coffee as paint, Salcedo creates intricate illustrations, many of them portraits. Her feed is full of beautiful works of art and serves as proof that coffee is a complex, unique product whose worth goes beyond just a drink. A self-taught artist, Salcedo is actually a trained architect. But as Salcedo points out, that profession is not an easy one to break into, which in part, has made it easier to devote more time to her art. ‘I am a young architect without experience and there are not a lot of opportunities for me right now so meanwhile art is filling more and more of my time,’ says Salcedo. Currently she takes commissions from friends and family, and does some shows and exhibits (Salcedo’s work was featured as part of The Coffee Art Project exhibit in London). ‘Let’s say that I am a reinvented architect trying to decide if coffee could become my near future,’ says Salcedo.