November 27, 2012
I started drawing more throughout college when I realized I couldn’t pay attention during lectures. The combination of the professor and the pen & paper led me to doodle some pretty eclectic “class notes.” I started to document things like trips, lectures, occasions, etc. through these doodle collages, and made sure that each one stemmed from my favorite beverage–coffee.
I started to get requests from friends (thanks @ndokuley and @jacobelong) to draw collages of meaningful trips and cities to them. These collages play to my natural style of drawing. The same style I employed all those class hours in college. A very natural, comic-y, and doodled style. If I messed up, I just turned my mistake into part of the drawing. It’s a very natural and enjoyable process.
Over time, I’ve tried to morph and evolve my drawing style, and it’s not always easy for me. I’m constantly challenged and inspired by letterers like Jon Contino, Simon Alander, and Drew Melton. Designers like Brian W. Jones. Illustrators-in-training like my sister. All people I’ve come to learn about through the coffee industry (with the exception of my sister. I’ve known her).
I recently finished up another project for someone out in LA. They wanted a unique Christmas gift for the TV-Producer friend, so they sent me a list of things their friend “liked” and I got to work.
It had been a long time since I did a drawing like this, but it reminded me of the reasons I like to draw. A very fun, whatever-comes-to-mind process that allows me to express myself on paper.
Hope you enjoy. Here is one of my firsts…
November 8, 2012
I recently had the privilege to team up with Keith Gehrke over at Able Brewing for a limited edition Kone V.3 Brewing Instruction poster. To me, Able is a holistic example of a company that prides itself on quality– in product, design, research, customer service, etc. For these reasons, it was an extra special opportunity for me to be a part of this Artist Series. I’ve chatted with Keith over coffee, and really admire what he’s doing for the coffee industry.
I had a ton of fun working on this poster, and am happy with the end result– a hand-drawn rendering of the Kone V.3 instructions. If you like it, be sure to head over to the Able site, where you can purchase your own. It’s a 13×19 poster, only 25 were made, and all proceeds go to the artist (me).
Many thanks to Able, and for the guys at Jolby and Friends for the opportunity. Check out their poster as well!
*Photos from the ablebrewing.com website*
November 6, 2012
It’s a beautiful thing when you find companies outside of the coffee industry putting the same level of thoughtfulness and care into sourcing their products. Learning more about the way coffee is sourced and how meticulous and holistic the process is has opened my eyes and given me an appreciation for other industries that do the same. Askinosie Chocolate is just one example.
Askinosie has teamed up with other like-minded companies in the past to work on product collaborations, including Intelligenstia, and a personal favorite, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. This past month, the team at Askinosie teamed up with Intelligentsia once again to introduce a brand-new Sipping Chocolate:
Askinosie handcrafts this indulgent drink using 70 percent single origin chocolate (made with cocoa beans directly sourced from Davao, Philippines) infused with single origin coffee from Intelligentsia Coffee. The very-small batch beverage is a new take on Askinosie Chocolate’s Intelligentsia Coffee CollaBARation chocolate bar that was released last fall.
Intelligentsia Coffee based in Chicago, Il., is Askinosie’s partner in this Sipping Chocolate based on the original CollaBARationTM bar that was released in November 2011. As with the chocolate bar, the coffee origin changes with Intelligentsia’s in-season coffee bean selection. Currently, the Sipping Chocolate features Intelligentsia’s directly sourced coffee from Agua Preta, Brazil. Like Askinosie, Intelligentsia works directly with their producers to develop exceptional coffee, and invests continuously in realizing that quality in every cup.
While these type of cross-industry collaborations are nothing new in the coffee industry, it’s always encouraging and refreshing to see.
With the Holidays approaching, this sipping chocolate is a great way to warm up and support two great companies. Be sure to get your hands on some.
Check out this great video for a peek into Askinosie and their methods of sourcing and education.
Tanzania Time Capsule; by Bob Linder from Askinosie Chocolate on Vimeo.
Askinosie Chocolate is a small batch chocolate manufacturer located in Springfield, Mo., sourcing 100% of their beans directly from the farmers. Shawn Askinosie, founder and chocolate maker, travels to regions of Ecuador, Honduras, the Philippines and Tanzania to work directly with the farmers and source cocoa beans for his chocolate. This allows the chocolate to be traced to the source and labeled Authentic Single Origin Chocolate. It also enables Askinosie Chocolate to profit share with the farmers, giving them a Stake In the OutcomeTM. The Askinosie Chocolate mission is to serve their farmers, their neighborhood, their customers and each other; sharing the Askinosie Chocolate Experience by leaving the world a better place than they found it.