March 12, 2013
Sadly, I just polished off the last of my coffee from Workshop—I had the privilege of visiting on a recent trip up to London. I’d visited once before, as Workshop was making the transition from St. Ali to their now (beautifully) designed brand and identity, and couldn’t wait to get back.
Workshop successfully an seamlessly merges the ideas of a great coffee spot, fantastic food stop, and roastery into one space on Clerkenwell Road. With a large square bar in the center that focuses mainly on coffee, and a roasting space and green wall behind it, the entire aesthetic is both welcoming and well-designed.
Even if you can’t make the voyage up to London, you can order some of Workshop’s Coffee on their brand new site.
July 15, 2012
If you’re reading this, you probably already know about the fantastic collaboration between Dear Coffee, I Love You, and Simon Alander. That collaboration led to one of the greatest coffee-related shirts ever. Simon recently graduated from Sweden’s Hyper Island where he studied Digital Media. According to Brian Jones of DCILY, “Hyper Island is basically the future of creative education and anyone who attends, will most likely have their choice of opportunities after graduation.”
I’ve been following Simon’s work for the last few months, and its obvious that he has serious talent as a letterer and designer. His work has constantly challenged me, and I look to his work for both inspiration and as an example. I’d love to be able to do what he can do with a pen one day. Not too long ago, Simon and I chatted and thought it would be cool for him to feature some of his work on coffee filters, and to display them here, on Draw Coffee. As usual, he came up with some brilliant work, and I’m privileged to be able to show them to you. Enjoy!
A huge thanks to Simon for putting the work into these, and for even floating the idea. His website, “Coffee Made Me Do It” features many of his projects, and is full of incredible work.
Be sure to check him out on Dribbble.
June 21, 2012
I recently worked on a fun project with specialty roaster and shop Cup Coffee— based Brisbane, Australia. You may recognize the name from a post DCILY did back in February about a beautiful video they produced.
Not too long ago, I received a nice care package from the guys at Cup that included some really great new coffees they just received. A couple Tanzanian coffees (Kimuli & Blackburn), a Guatemalan coffee (San Antonio), and Brazil Capao. I really enjoy all of them, and wish air travel wasn’t so harsh on coffees—but really, even after travel at high altitudes, these coffees came out on the other side alright.
Yesterday, I made a pourover of the Brazil Capao—which placed in the Brazil Cup of Excellence. It came out chocolaty and nutty with a noticeable sweetness at the end.
It is from Piata, which is situated 568 km from Salvador, the most elevated region in Brazil’s northeast with the coolest climate.
The mature fruits (cherries) are picked in baskets and twice a day the coffee is transported by tractors to the hulling machine. The pulped coffee is spread in layers of 4cm on patios for drying and turned over about twenty times a day until it reaches an ideal moisture point.
Mr. Salvador Mesquita, coffee-grower since 2007, takes pride and care in his quality coffee production. From preparation of the land until final storage of the green beans.
Just want to say thanks to Josh over at Cup for sending these along—its much appreciated. Be on the look out for some new stuff on their website, including the project we collaborated on. I’m really excited to see how it turns out.
In the mean time, be sure to watch this lovely video they put together a couple years back.
CUP SPECIALITY COFFEE from PSN CREATIVE on Vimeo.
May 9, 2012
Not many brewing devices call as much attention to themselves as the Chemex. Its aesthetically appealing shape, materials, and design only further sweeten and enhance the end result that comes out into your cup.
The history of the Chemex is outlined and written about in this awesome article by Brian Jones of Dear Coffee, I Love You.
It was designed in 1941 by a German chemist, Dr. Peter Schlumbohm, who immigrated to the United States in 1935. The modern hourglass shape of the Chemex, hugged in the middle by a wooden collar and leather tie, became a part of MoMA’s permanent collection in 1944—just a few years after its invention.
The Chemex was my first Pourover brewing device, given to me by my cousin as a wedding gift. Its easily remained one of my favorite ways to make coffee because it looks pretty and produces a sweet, smooth cup of coffee.
Thanks to the good Doctor for being interested in blessing coffee lovers all over the world with his invention.
April 22, 2012
One of the biggest inspirations for my doodle project, and one of the many catalysts for my renewed love of coffee was the site Dear Coffee, I Love You.
Through this site, I’ve learned about a lot of great roasters from around the world. One of these roasters is Koppi, based out of Helsingborg, Sweden.
I’ve been anxious to try coffee from Koppi for some time – thanks to the kindness of both Anne Lunell of Koppi, and Brian Jones of DCILY, I was able to. A huge thanks to both of them for being willing to send this my way. It’s almost time for fika in Ohio!
January 14, 2012
I’ve only known about the popular coffee blog “Dear Coffee, I Love You” for two months, but discovering it has resparked my love for and interest in coffee.
Sites like this, quality roasters, and helpful coffee lovers have all been an inspiration for me to begin pursuing my dream of being involved in the coffee world.
It’s not just about the coffee- its about what coffee can represent. For some, like farmers, it’s a living, an art, a skill. For others, it’s an enjoyment, a hobby, and an inspiration.
Whatever it means to you, coffee can bridge gaps. Coffee has the ability to cultivate community and unite groups of people under one common love.
Anyone can enjoy a good cup of coffee, but the beauty of that cup is that it is laden in a story. The stuff in that cup has had a long journey, and has touched a lot of people along the way. Sharing it with someone else only prolongs that story and passes it along to the next person.
That’s why I love coffee. It’s not an addiction or an obsession as much as it is a passion and an inspiration.
Sites like Dear Coffee, I Love You allow me to truly learn and explore more about coffee and the great people around the world that are involved with it.
Thanks, DCILY for spreading the love.
Also, a big thanks to everyone in the coffee world that continue to move forward and make the world a better place through such a wonderful outlet.
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