This incredible mini-documentary tells the heartwarming story of Professor Yoshi Masuda and his effort to bring coffee and community to the tsunami and earthquake stricken areas of east Japan. Yoshi wanted to help his country by offering what he knows and loves—coffee. He felt the best way he could help was to bring a sense of normalcy to those recovering from the devastation with the fragrance and aroma of coffee.
Armed with a Chemex, hand grinder, portable stove and his record player, Yoshi set out in a bright orange VW bus to open “Hope Café” wherever he found people in need of a spiritual and physical boost. Along the way, Yoshi also donates coffee starter kits to help establish community coffee shops after he’s left. Inspiring and humbling. Take eight minutes and watch this—you won’t regret it.
When you consider that human sound is also a wave and it could have impact as strong as tsunami that change a life of people. As you say something and that really changes people—the way how they live, the way how they regard their life as it is. Our human voice is, I would say, stronger than tsunami. –Yoshi Masuda
In the last year, there’s been an increase of well-produced coffee videos making their rounds on the internet, most of them from the US. However, in the 2011 edition of koffievidmania, I somehow missed this gem—created more than a year and a half ago for Brisbane, Australia based Cup Coffee. This beautiful short film has all the right elements for success—the hypnotic tone of The Album Leaf sets the mood for backlit shots of a Slayer in action and slow motion latte art. What more do you need?
With almost 15,000 views on Vimeo, this could very well be the blueprint for high-end coffee films. If you know of anything pre-dating this, send it my way!
Koppi is one of my favorite coffee roasters in Sweden. Not only because the coffee is great, but its run by two of the nicest people to be around as well, Charles and Anne. Their roastery and café is just a short train ride south of me in Helsingborg, Sweden and I’ve been planning to visit for months.
This lovely video, made by Tim Ciasto, shows the Koppi team in action at their beautiful café. It’s all the motivation I need to book a ticket once I return from NYC. For those of you who aren’t in Sweden, Koppi recently opened a webshop as well. If you order 6+ bags for international delivery, shipping is free! I told you they were nice.
After beginning a self-imposed digital sabbatical last August, James Hoffmann, the co-owner of Square Mile Coffee, 2007 World Barista Champion and a well regarded coffee blogger is back online. Now older and wiser, James is ready to share his insightful contributions with us once again. For that, many are thankful.
Just a day after his return, Time Out London published this nice interview with James who shares his thoughts on the improvement of London’s coffee scene and the importance of a pleasing mouthfeel. If you haven’t met James Hoffmann, now’s a good time to get to know him. Welcome back James!
What better way to start the new year than with a swingin anthem to our favorite beverage—black coffee. The Careless Lovers are a jazz band based in Seattle who can be found performing on the streets around Capital Hill when they aren’t moving peoples feet in neighborhood dance halls—or coffee shops.
The film, directed and produced by Seattle-based Joon Chang, does a wonderful job capturing the feel of the swing era in modern times. Filmed on site at the Arabica Lounge, look out for Stumptown love, fantastic facial hair and an unexpected ending.
‘Twas a few nights before Christmas and all through the house, I have no clue if anything was stirring, because I’m off for a weeks vacation. I’m leaving you with this heart warming video from the Tims about faith, family, and coffee brewing devices. If you haven’t seen the original “Craft“, I highly recommend watching that first—posted below.
Merry Christmas, Festivus and Hanukkah from DCILY.
I’m a big fan of all the previous MadCap videos released in partnership with Hybrid Media Co. But until now, most of them have just been really pretty coffee footage. This time MadCap adds their own addition to the growing library of roaster produced brew method videos—starring the ever handsome 2011 NCRBC winner Ryan Knapp.
Like their other videos, it’s really well made with a great soundtrack. Be sure to stick around for the outtakes at the end—they’ll blow your head off.
This may just be the cutest coffee video ever made. Watch as Ellanie and Ethan pull up a chair to demonstrate that anyone can learn to make espresso. I think Ellanie should be participating in the next Portland area TNT event, and Callum Thompson may need to reliquish the title of “Young Barista.” Enjoy.
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.