Coffee inspires creativity—this is merely an overflow of that. A bit of my coffee journey in the form of doodles and sketches.
July 16, 2013

Kenya Season

If you’re on Twitter, you know that there was a bit of a firestorm over espresso and glassware and whether or not it was pretentious or innovative—everyone seemed to have something to say about it. Sprudge even chimed in with their own list of “12 More Painfully Elitist, Hipstery, Put-Offish Espresso Vessels.” 

I don’t have a ton to say on the matter, other than I think it’s really cool that coffee is at a stage where these conversations can be held, and at the end of the day the industry is moving forward in really cool ways.

Today’s doodle is a shout out not to glassware or demitasses, but to my favorite time of the year in coffee—the time when all the roasters bust out their Kenyas.

While the conversations about pushing the coffee industry forward happen online this summer, I’m going to sit back and enjoy them with a nice cup of coffee from my favorite producing country. Here’s to productive conversations that push things forward.

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March 12, 2013

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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.

February 20, 2013

I recently spent a week in London visiting some amazing coffee spots—in all, I must have found upwards of 15 shops that did a great job.

More on the entire experience later (be on the lookout for a short write up on Sprudge), but for now here’s the first round of filter doodles inspired by some of the shops.

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February 13, 2013

I started this website last January because I loved to draw, and I loved coffee, and I wanted to learn more about both. A lot of the Draw Coffee project has simply been about the creative inspiration that surrounds coffee, as well as a visual way to learn more about it.

As it turns out, I’m not the the only one who loves coffee and loves to draw. Last year, a talented illustrator released a book that many of you have heard about, read, seen, or even own—A-Z Coffee.

Lars Huse’ illustrations in the book are absolutely fantastic, and give the book a unique and intimate feel. His coffee artwork isn’t limited to the book, as Lars has been doodling and drawing about it for some time now. Lars runs his own Illustration operation fittingly named “Illustration and Coffee.”

You can check out more of Lars’ impressive work on his portfolio—be sure to grab a copy of the A-Z Coffee book too, it’s a fun read with awesome illustrations.

I’m excited to feature a recent filter doodle Lars did for this site—inspired by Espressini, a local shop Lars visits in Falmouth, UK. The filter features brew methods of all sorts, and coffees from Has Bean, Workshop, and Kaffa.

Thanks to Lars for the awesome drawing.

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July 27, 2012

A few days back I received a very nice care package from the folks at Populace Coffee up in Michigan. They sent over a bag of their Honduras Las Quebradas. It’s a pretty complex coffee, the roast profil sits more on the “light” side of things, though it does have a distinct roasty taste to it.

I tried it out in a V60 this morning, and really enjoyed it— according to the roaster’s notes, this coffee has “lemon zest, dark chocolate, and red berries.”

Many thanks to Andrew at Populace for sending this along!

Check them out and follow along on twitter.

@PopulaceCoffee

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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.