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.
Great video by Stumptown from a recent sourcing trip in Colombia. Enjoy!
Over the last several months, Stumptown has continued filming coffee farmers in their element. The latest in our series of Source Trip Films features Colombian coffee producers and the intense relationship between growers, the coffee and their communities.
I’ve never been to Arizona, but I’ve recently noticed an increase in Twitter followers from the Grand Canyon state that may signify the growing interest in Specialty Coffee there, which I’d previously been ignorant to. After seeing this video made by Ah Dios for Cartel Coffee Lab—it looks like they’ve played a big part in that growing interest.
Founded in 2007, Cartel Coffee Lab now has 4 locations in Arizona (Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix & Tucson) and roast their own coffee in a lovely San Franciscan roaster at the Tempe shop. They are active in organizing educational classes—and based on this video—have a humble, but principled approach to serving great coffee.
This video is great for blending commentary from the founder with high-def coffee porn and incredible facial hair cameos. Bonus points for the “Stranger Than Fiction” style annotations and their future expansion into beer brewing.
Michael Phillips, the 2010 World Barista Champion and 1/3 of Handsome Roasters, recently gave a Super Talk about coffee at a TED-like event in Korea called Super Series.
The talk, named “Cultural Coffee & Artistic Barista” begins with a brief definition of Specialty Coffee before Mike goes on to share his passions for coffee and being a barista. As the talk progresses, he discusses important changes taking place in the world of coffee guided by cultural interest in the process and origin of the things we consume and a desire for authenticity in our every-day experiences.
After briefly explaining barista competitions, Mike elaborates on why they are good for baristas and the positive innovations they have led to in the industry, which results in better coffee for the consumer and inspired new ways to look at coffee.
Things like this have caused coffee to be reborn, re-examined, and challenged in entirely new ways.
This video is an approachable explanation of the changes people have begun seeing in their local coffee shops, read about online and heard about from their friends. There’s a lot of great information delivered without pretension and a handsome face.