Stephen Sweeney from Seattle enjoys some fame in the espresso world for a number of custom made modifications he has made: transparent acrylic super-magnetic bases for baskets and portafilter holders for the HG One grinder to fit the portafilters for Londinium, La Pavoni and other machines, for instance. And, for the HG One and other machines, beautiful wooden handles.
It was my first Barista Championships competition. I did not have enough preparation time for this because I did never think of doing the competition this year as an actor. As soon as I come back from my (working) holiday in Korea, I applied it as almost last competitor. For two weeks, I was very busy for finding coffee beans, equipments and a place to practice for the competition. I found beans(from Notes) 4 days before my performing time which is not going to happen again in my life:( But I’ve learnt a lot about coffee and also about the competition. So I had a unforgettable good experience and I really enjoyed it (except sweating and nervesness). If I have a chance to do again next time, I will have enough enough enough time to prepare and also need to learn more about the RULES and COACH needed.(Cause I got all zero points for taste balance on signature drink.)
Photos by Kate Beard
ON THE BAB
The latest edition to East London’s fast growing food offering. On The Bab, a new Korean Street Food restaurant opening this week on Old St in Shoreditch.
This concept is brought to you by the proprietors of Koba & Nizuni, which can be found in Fitzrovia. If you have not been to either of their prior locations, you will definitely behearing about On The Bab. This place will be packed, the food in delicious, simply, fast and fun.
Images By Vic Frankowski
The Independent Coffee Book London 2nd Edition
I have been lucky enough to continue working on the Independent Coffee Book series along with Vespertine Press. After a slight delay it has finally arrived. It’s always a pleasure to go around be able to photograph the ever changing London coffee scene.
Here is a selection of images from the book if you would like a copy you can order one here or go you to good local cafe and hopefully you shall find one.
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Urban Billy Tea System by Elliat Rich
The essence of campfire sharing with the traditional billy can for making tea is abstracted in glass with the Urban Billy by Elliat Rich, an elegantly simple tea set for two, in hand-turned borosilicate glass and mountain ash, with an integral spirit burner for boiling water.
Twenty-seven captivating skyscrapers from the future.
Urban Coffee Farm
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has engaged design firm Hassell to create an interactive central “festival hub” for consumers to gain and understanding of where their coffee comes from, while enjoying the a cup in the outdoors.
Inspired by the terroir of coffee growing regions of Guatemala, the installation made made out of pallet’s and housing more the 120 coffee plants. Tells the story of how coffee gets to the consumer from different parts of the world as well as focusing on sustainability and ethics. Creating an urban environment in a thoroughfare which has up to 50,000 people pass through it everyday.
Hand-Drawn Floor Plans of Popular TV Show Apartments and Houses
‘Be Work Happy’ by Formation
"I am not afraid. I was born to do this."
Nice coffee bean makes -> Nice Espresso makes -> Nice flat white
Square mile ‘Red Brick’ coffee bean
@Giddy up by Mr. Yune.
An Ingenious Espresso Maker, Designed For Your Microwave