Autumn is undoubtedly my favorite time of year: leaves falling, Oktoberfest beer flowing, flannel sheets reemerging from summer storage, and the slow death of the disgusting heat that turns me into an angry, sweaty beast from June through the middle of September. All is perfect, all is well, save for one minor detail: Starbucks rolls out their awful Pumpkin Spice Lattes. … Read More
Artistic coffee addicts the world over were doubtless dismayed to read an article in this week’s New Yorker asserting that their beloved cup of joe might actually be stifling their creativity. Sure, there may be science behind it, but considering how many writers and artists have used the stuff, Flavorwire is not wholly convinced (willful ignorance?). To plead the case, find some coffee-related musings from various creative types after the jump. If you find your favorite missing here, add it to the list in the comments. … Read More
It’s been nearly three decades since Leslie Pearl’s original jingle for Folgers® Coffee hit the air, and after all this time, it remains a familiar and much-loved tune to coffee lovers of all ages. The song, with its hook of “the best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup,” has existed in many forms… Read More
T.S. Eliot, quite possibly the greatest English language poet of the 20th century, oh-so eloquently reflected on the passing of time by saying, “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” So have we Thomas, so have we. From the borough of Brooklyn to Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Tokyo, and every other hub buzzing with creative productivity, we suspect that if they’re not all jump starting their days with Nespresso at the crack of dawn, they’re fueling their weary world with the rich, velvety, caffeinated goodness of some damn good direct trade, shade-grown beans roasted on vintage gear, pulled by an expert hand.
In true Flavorpill fashion, we’ve rounded up some of the most beautiful purveyors of coffee around the world in virtual guide form, meaning not only have we included the eye candy you know and love, but we’ve also added addresses and handy links to Google Maps. Bookmark it. Share it. Re-post it. Set the ultimate nomadic coffee lovers goal and try to hit each and every one at least once in your life. From a charming shop in a 19th-century Portuguese townhouse to a converted orange-packing factory in Tel Aviv, click through to check out some of the most beautiful coffee shops in the world. Help us discover more java gems by nominating your picks in the comments below! … Read More
Well, they don’t look anything like your favorite drinks. In photographer William LeGoullon‘s series Fingerprints of Drinkable Culture, which we first spotted over at PetaPixel, he treats “the world’s top five most consumed man-made beverages like scientific specimens, allowing each liquid sample to dry before photographing them using a microscope. The resulting images provide us with a chance to analyze these fingerprints of drinkable culture as an act of art consumption.” It’s sort of amazing to see something so commonplace — something that we put in our bodies on a daily basis, no less — this close up. Click through to see the world’s most popular beverages under a microscope, and let us know if this changes your perception of them in the comments. … Read More
Coasters are totally overrated. Inspired by one of Jay Cou’s songs, artist Hong “Red” Yi created a portrait of the Taiwanese musician using nothing but coffee rings, left by an actual mug expertly set down over and over again on a canvas. Yi writes, ”It is inspired by the opening sentence [of the song], about lifting up a coffee cup off the saucer, and the ending of the song about autumn leaves and fragmented pieces. This is shown through the portrait as a whole — how it’s formed by many individual rings, many of them broken and imperfect like fallen autumn leaves.” We’re amazed that Yi was able to fit so many slightly unpredictable parts together to make sure a lovely portrait — but then again, she must have been pretty heavily caffeinated. Check out the finished product and a video of Yi at work after the jump. … Read More
In this cute informational video about coffee shop culture in London in the late ’50s and early ’60s, you’ll learn about the origin of the brew, how long you’ll have to sit with that single cup before the café is paying you, and what to wear so as not to incur nasty looks from boys with hair like Kenickie. Plus, you’ll get a glimpse of all the astrologists, painters, actresses, and students who would meet up in these pre-Starbucks coffee shops “to put the world right — or more often, left.” Be you hipster or grandma, kick back with a cup of coffee and click through to watch, and let us know what you think in the comments! … Read More
Like most people who spend their days behind a desk, we love our coffee. Last year, we were even inspired enough to make a mixtape about it. And if there’s one thing we know about people who feel strongly about coffee, it’s that they can also be really selective about it. While the world has been overrun with ubiquitous coffee-shop chains, it hasn’t shut out the best local businesses — the special breed of independent coffee house that draws loyal crowds with its style, charm, quirky staff, and often something more.
This month, we got our first taste of new Coffee-mate Natural Bliss — the all-natural way to add a splash of flavor to your brew — and it reminded us how much we appreciate the simplicity of coffee done right, the old-fashioned way. That’s the inspiration behind our roundup of some of the best coffee shops in the nation. We’ve got you covered from coast to coast with our list, but if you’re like us, you probably have even more favorites that we missed. Tell us what they are in the comments! … Read More
Ever wonder what your Starbucks barista is thinking as you step up the counter to pick your caffeinated poison? Well, while we imagine they aren’t all mentally categorizing you by age, occupation, gender, and race, at least one of them certainly is. In a hand-drawn chart Consumerist has picked up, one barista breaks her customers down into 15 handy stereotypes, ranging from Asians (black iced coffee) to mechanics (mocha Frappucino, apparently) to Indians (chai). Find yourself of the chart after the jump and let us know whether you’re entertained, bewildered, or offended. … Read More