Filming NY’s Finest—Abraço & RBC NYC


To add to the growing list of well-produced coffee videos that I continue to share, New York based artist Alan Gastelum recently finished his latest film, which captures one of my personal favorite shops—RBC NYC.

Alan’s foray into coffee films didn’t start with RBC though, it began with his personal experiences at Abraço, which changed his perception of and relationship with coffee.

I moved to New York City 3 years ago from Los Angeles. Before I lived here, I was never really into coffee and I believe it was because everything I had up until then was unimpressionable. I wasn’t impressed with “coffee”, until I stepped foot into a few small places in New York, Abraco being one of them.

I dont know if it is so much the actual coffee or the romance of the coffee culture, that had me. Walking into Abraco somewhat transports you into its own world and for the 10, 20, 30 minutes you spend in there, you are held in this wonderful world until you leave. Spending time in this small world I have learned to appreciate coffee and all that goes into it.

I love to hear a good “conversion” story, but it’s even better when a person has the ability to capture the romance visually to share with others. The entire five part series about Abraço is worth watching when you have the time, “Open” happens to be my favorite.

Abraço – Sundays
Abraço – Open
Abraço – Cook
Abraço – Afternoons
Abraço – Bake

More from Alan Gastelum

posted by on 12.06.2011, under Videos

DCILY on Flipboard


DCILY was treated to a nice surprise on its second anniversary from the makers of Flipboard. Thanks to the heads up from Sheena, who informed me that we’re featured alongside esteemed lifestyle publications like Curbed, Bon Appetit, Dwell & Gilt Taste.

If you aren’t familiar with Flipboard, it turns your favorite social and RSS feeds into a beautifully designed magazine on the iPad (and now the iPhone). It’s one of my favorite apps and changed the way I enjoy content on the internet.

If you already have it, add DCILY and enjoy!


posted by on 12.06.2011, under Design, Misc.

Two for You—DCILY’s Second Anniversary


Two years. I wasn’t sure what this project would become when it began. I just wanted a way to stay in touch with the coffee world I left behind in college and help my friends and family understand what they were missing by drinking Maxwell House and Starbucks. I’m thankful to have achieved both things and made many new friends to share coffee knowledge with along the way.

In the past year, DCILY has begun expanding past the boundaries of a blog with exciting results. Last spring, I joined a team of other passionate coffee professionals to create Coffee Common, a company that organizes exceptional coffee experiences for the masses. I’ve also covered several fantastic coffee events from the ground and competed in my first. Last week a new merch store launched, featuring DCILY’s fall line of shirts and limited edition designs were contributed to both the 2011 Nordic Barista Cup and World AeroPress Championship. And because of your continued support and DCILY’s pledge to give back, nearly $500 from sales were donated to Coffee Kids this year.

None of this would have happened without the awesome people who visit this site every day and encourage me to continue devoting the time it takes to keep it going. Heres’s to another year of learning about and experiencing great coffee. Thank you all.

Love coffee, live well, give back & inspire others.

A few year-end stats for DCILY
145 New Posts
81,000 Unique Visitors
162 Countries
45,900 Facebook Fans
2730 Twitter Followers
260 G+ Circles
1000+ Referring Websites

Top 10 Posts
Love Keurig? Nope.
Appreciating A Simple French Press
Black Coffee Friday
Norwegian Wood & Espresso
Best Coffee in Stockholm Pt. 2
Year of the Coava
Café Timer iPhone App
Pour Over Meets Woodshop
What I’d Rather Be Doing
DCILY’s Coffee Lover Gift Guide 2011

Most Notable Referrals
New York Times Magazine
Fail Blog – Wins!
Shawn Blanc
Not Without Salt
Shot Zombies
Scout Books
Public School
Need Supply Co.

[check out last year's DCILY round-up]

posted by on 12.02.2011, under Design, Misc.

Star Wars Coffee


For all those Star Wars fans out there, designer Eric Beatty has designed the ultimate gift—if only it were more than a concept. This was developed for a school project asking students to design a new product for Urban Outfitters. While I hope the clothing boutique refrains from selling coffee, I’m sure there’s a very big market for something like this. Intelligentsia x George Lucas Collab anyone? The set includes Darth Coffee blend, Storm Trooper filters, and Chewbacca brown sugar. Truly wonderful…

May the force brew with you…
No, I am your barista…
He’s holding a thermal carafe!

Ok, I’m done.

[via TheDieline]

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posted by on 12.01.2011, under Design, Misc., Products