Coffee People

Coffee People Coffee People is a coffee/art zine. Art, poetry, articles, short stories, comics, graphics, etc - by baristas, roasters, and coffee pros around the world.

Issue 22 / WATER is still availableSign up for a subscription now to get Issue 22 now, then Issue 23 / PAST when it drop...
03/29/2024

Issue 22 / WATER is still available
Sign up for a subscription now to get Issue 22 now, then Issue 23 / PAST when it drops in a few days!

Issue 22 Artist FeatureBethany A. DiLoretoa.diloreto
“unconventional art using unconventional mediums”About the Artist F...
03/14/2024

Issue 22 Artist Feature
Bethany A. DiLoretoa.diloreto
“unconventional art using unconventional mediums”

About the Artist
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been pushing the limits of my imagination through art. I started my journey with watercolors a few years ago and immediately learned that the magic of this medium lies in the fact that you can’t always see what it will become during the process.
My newfound love for watercolors got me wondering: what else could I use as paint? So, one evening, I spilled some wine onto my canvas and watched it come to life. That experiment lit a spark, and I started testing out other mediums, such as coffee and beer. Each medium offers its own unique properties and effects, allowing for endless experimentation. Wine provides bold rich colors, beer produces a distinct glossy effect, and with coffee I can create limitless transparent layers that build up beautifully.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but my curiosity wasn’t just about learning a new skill; it was a journey of self-discovery. It challenged me to think differently and taught me to let go of perfection and create more freely. Much like watercolor, in life, we don’t always know what the outcome of our choices will be, but if we embrace the art of letting go, the results just might surprise us.
(Continued in comments)

Log off. Make art. Call a friend. Go for a walk.
02/11/2024

Log off. Make art. Call a friend. Go for a walk.

*WIN a Comandante C40 Liquid Amber Grinder*⁠It’s the   with Coffee People Zine and Comandante. We are giving away one be...
02/07/2024

*WIN a Comandante C40 Liquid Amber Grinder*⁠
It’s the with Coffee People Zine and Comandante. We are giving away one beautiful grinder to a lucky, creative, deserving coffee person out there. Need a grinder? Now’s your chance. ⁠

Here’s how it works:⁠
1. Create a Reel in which you explain in a creative, funny, and/or inspiring way: “Why do you desperately need a new grinder?”⁠
2. Upload it to Instagram⁠
3. Tag & and use ⁠
*Make sure you follow and in order to win⁠

Submissions are open NOW through Tuesday, Feb 20th.⁠
The winner will be announced on Friday, Feb 23rd.⁠

Rules: U.S. only. Contest not endorsed or sponsored by Instagram. No purchase necessary, etc etc.

Check out our list of Stockists - those are shops that stock the zine in their retail shelves! You can find a map at our...
02/06/2024

Check out our list of Stockists - those are shops that stock the zine in their retail shelves! You can find a map at our link in bio and on the website.
And check out Ugly Duck who has had our zines for a LONG time - shout out to the legacy supporters!

Repost from
New Issue of has arrived! This issue is Water themed, a perfect gift for an artistic coffee person.

Did you catch this Cost of Production Covered Template article in Issue 22 / WATER?  has been working on this for a whil...
01/31/2024

Did you catch this Cost of Production Covered Template article in Issue 22 / WATER? has been working on this for a while, and now you can utilize the resource yourself.⁠
IF YOU’RE A ROASTER... Read the article (here or in CPZ Issue 22), use the QR codes, and create your very own template to understand the cost of production for the producers you work with. It’s sooooooo easy! Junior’s has literally done the hard work for you.

Issue 22 / WATER covers revealed!This issue is coming soon - Nov 30th is the official release date. So keep your eyes pe...
11/25/2023

Issue 22 / WATER covers revealed!
This issue is coming soon - Nov 30th is the official release date. So keep your eyes peeled for ordering info. Or better yet, get a subscription NOW and you’ll be the first to get the new issue when it ships.

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💧Issue 22 / WATER dripping in 10 daysPatreon supporters just got the first look at the new issue. If you want to support...
11/20/2023

💧Issue 22 / WATER dripping in 10 days

Patreon supporters just got the first look at the new issue. If you want to support this project, pay artists, and get early/exclusive access to - JOIN OUR PATREON TODAY! Tiers start at $3/month.

Artists, contributors, and sponsors will get the next first look in the coming days. Then get ready for the big release on Nov 30!

Do y’all recognize the artist’s style?👀 Place your guess in the comments below!

The pandemic continued, and we did our best to deal with it by putting more art into the world. Tbqh I was struggling wi...
11/18/2023

The pandemic continued, and we did our best to deal with it by putting more art into the world. Tbqh I was struggling with whether to continue the zine throughout this year. Artists reported feeling uninspired, my enthusiasm was waning, and I questioned the impact/importance of this project constantly. I searched for ways to reignite my passion, including integrating themes and publishing a “best of” zine for the 15th issue. So! This pack pays tribute to that hard year:

Issue 12 / BLOOM (March)
Issue 13 / PLACE (June)
Issue 14 / FALL (September)
Issue 15 / *Special Edition Artist Feature* (December)

Honestly, this year was tough but it did reinvigorate my dedication to this project. These zines are full of uncertainty, big emotion, and -as always- amazing artwork by coffee people around the world.

Get after it!

2020, what a year. This pace takes us through everything that happened and all the feels that we went through. This pack...
11/15/2023

2020, what a year. This pace takes us through everything that happened and all the feels that we went through. This pack includes:
- Issue 08 (March), the ignorance of the before times
- Issue 09 (June), COVID-19 edition featuring work created during the first 3 months of lockdowns
- Issue 10 (September), with work exclusively by Black creators
- Issue 11 (December), a theme of “The Longest Night” focusing on mental health and hope for brighter times ahead

It’s a heavy stack from a heavy year. Get after it if you want that emotion.

2019 Pack is here! Everything pre-pandemic to get you feeling nostalgic.The 2019 Pack as 3 issues:Issue 05 (March)Issue ...
11/11/2023

2019 Pack is here! Everything pre-pandemic to get you feeling nostalgic.

The 2019 Pack as 3 issues:
Issue 05 (March)
Issue 06 (July)
Issue 07 (November)

The zines were growing, pages turning, and parties happening in new cities. Ahhh, the golden year of CPZ😌

Artist Feature / Issue 21, pg 66⁠Cassandra Barr (she/her) .and.renard⁠⁠About the Artist⁠Cassandra Belle is an AuDHD coff...
11/07/2023

Artist Feature / Issue 21, pg 66⁠
Cassandra Barr (she/her) .and.renard⁠

About the Artist⁠
Cassandra Belle is an AuDHD coffee roaster and multi-media artist currently living in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been making art her whole life and started a lifelong obsession with coffee in 2006, when she started her first barista job. She's been working in the coffee industry ever since, and has worked as a barista, coffee consultant, roaster, green buyer, trainer, brand ambassador, and quality control specialist before starting Colibri & Renard Coffee in 2021. Cassandra enjoys making art in a variety of digital, analog, and interactive mediums, and is also in her first year of tattooing. In her spare time she enjoys travel, dance, playing music, learning languages, and collecting tattoos, hobbies, and hyperfixations.⁠

About the Work⁠
"Baba Yaga's Coffee Roaster" this piece came from both a love of coffee and a love of witchy folklore. Baba Yaga is a Slavic witch of folklore best recognized for her house that stands on chicken legs, so I imagined what it would look like if Baba Yaga decided to roast coffee. This is her enchanted chicken leg coffee roaster. It was originally a hand-drawn pen and ink piece that I digitized into vector art using Adobe Illustrator, and I liked it so much I also ended up carving it as a block print!⁠ . .⁠
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Artist Feature / Issue 21, pg 48⁠Leah Joy (she/they) /  ⁠⁠About the Artist⁠I have always been drawn to art of all possib...
11/03/2023

Artist Feature / Issue 21, pg 48⁠
Leah Joy (she/they) / ⁠

About the Artist⁠
I have always been drawn to art of all possible mediums, though I primarily considered myself a writer for most of my life. As much as I loved art and creativity, I struggled for a long time to find my footing as an artist. During college, I ran a poetry club (called Dead Poets Society, of course), where one day one of the other members said "we should make a zine!". This led to many days of us holed up in the library, seeking poems in miscellaneous words, letters, crafting new images from scraps of old. I had finally found my medium, my niche, in rearranging fragments. I am currently living in Rochester, NY, with my two BEAUTIFUL kitties, Lorelei Jane Poopypants and Big Biddy From the City. I've had previous works published in the 2020 and 2022 issues of the literary journal Isotrope.⁠

About the Work⁠
This collage was born during my last semester at school, while studying Dante's Inferno. Artistically, I've always felt drawn to the darker, fearsome things. I wanted to create a visual that evoked the same feelings of despair, dread, and hopelessness that this version of Hell gave me as I read.⁠

From the Editor⁠
I LOVE collage, especially when text is integrated. Though you don't have to read the text to get the vibe this piece is putting out. Hellscape it is, and it fits so well with the FIRE theme of this issue. The color scheme, ripped edges, eye and flame motifs, and overall layout are clear, and catch me every time I flip through the zine. And now knowing more about Leah's journey into collage, writing, and zine-making, I appreciate the piece even that much more.❤️‍🔥⁠ . . ⁠
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As Issue 22 gets closer and closer, I’m taking a look back at the archives. And you can too, with packs from years past....
11/01/2023

As Issue 22 gets closer and closer, I’m taking a look back at the archives. And you can too, with packs from years past.

The 2018 Pack has 3 issues:
Issue 02 (June)
Issue 03 (Sept)
Issue 04 (December)

If you’re a more recent follower of this project, check out this pack and see where it all started.

Artist Feature Friday / Issue 21, pg 39-41⁠Kasey Furutani (she/her) / ⁠⁠About the Artist⁠hello ~ I'm Kasey and I'm a bar...
10/27/2023

Artist Feature Friday / Issue 21, pg 39-41⁠
Kasey Furutani (she/her) / ⁠

About the Artist⁠
hello ~ I'm Kasey and I'm a barista and writer from Los Angeles. I attended the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop and Tin House Summer Workshop and will start my MFA at the University of Oregon in the fall. I enjoy writing experimental and surreal fiction. You can find my work in Moot Point, Ligeia and All Existing magazines.⁠

About the Work⁠
As for coffee, I've been working as a full-time barista for two and a half years. In a whimsical universe my dream job is to be the person who decides the tasting notes and takes the consumer on a surreal journey from the nutty milk chocolate of a Guatemala to the delicate, tea-like florals of a washed Ethiopia. I was inspired to write the story after participating in Leaderboard, which involves cupping ten mystery coffees. When I sipped the coffee I noticed it tasted like a scene (such as a summer morning) instead of a traditional tasting note (peach). Each cup has its own story to tell. 'Tasting Notes' is a marriage between my two loves: writing and coffee. Thank you to everyone who supported me in my writing and coffee careers

Check this amazing GRAND PRIZE from our Vinyl Delights party last month. It was donated by Baratza for the raffle and ha...
10/25/2023

Check this amazing GRAND PRIZE from our Vinyl Delights party last month. It was donated by Baratza for the raffle and hand painted by local artist Emily Skopp. These shots were taken by Alvin Kim of Baratza, showcasing the personalized Baratza Forte BG grinder like none other.⁠

And check the last slide for the WINNER of this prize as he purchases his tickets. Congrats on the new equipment Oscar!⁠

HUGE thanks to Baratza for supporting Coffee People Zine, both in print and at the release event. It's clear we connect over shared values - great coffee, creative expression, and supporting the community - and we are so grateful for their support!

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If you're a coffee roaster, you know the toll it takes on your body daily. Luckily,  is a coffee roaster AND personal tr...
10/16/2023

If you're a coffee roaster, you know the toll it takes on your body daily. Luckily, is a coffee roaster AND personal trainer, and he put together a series of exercises to help strengthen the muscles we use most.⁠

We've also been putting out a series of YouTube videos that accompany this article, so check out the channel for those clips! . .⁠
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Artist Feature / Issue 21, pgs 92-93⁠Hanna Holt (she/her) .holt.designs ⁠⁠About the Artist⁠I am an artist, graphic desig...
10/13/2023

Artist Feature / Issue 21, pgs 92-93⁠
Hanna Holt (she/her) .holt.designs ⁠

About the Artist⁠
I am an artist, graphic designer, and visual creative. My practice is focused on magazines, drawings, and branding revolving around my influence on music, fashion, typography, and color. I am currently attending the Community College of Denver to earn my Associate’s Degree in graphic design. My goal is to transfer abroad and receive my Bachelor’s Degree.⁠

About the Work⁠
COLLAGE: The theme for this issue made my research elements relating to fire, I stumbled upon volcanoes as my inspiration. Espresso relates to lava with its magnetic flow, the extreme heat and the beauty of its color.⁠

PHOTOSHOOT:⁠
This work was a collaboration photoshoot with my close friend Chelsea Clarke . The inspiration from this photoshoot is merely what we admire. Fashion. We have worked in the coffee industry as baristas, and as artists we deeply appreciate this world because it is its own kind of art. I was the stylist of this photoshoot, dressed in a rusty red trench coat with espresso effortlessly in my hand, creating a subtle but fiery look.⁠ . . ⁠
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Artist Feature Friday⁠ / Issue 21, pg 77⁠Myanna Carmody⁠ (she/her) / ⁠⁠About the Artist:⁠I've been drawn to art since ea...
10/08/2023

Artist Feature Friday⁠ / Issue 21, pg 77⁠
Myanna Carmody⁠ (she/her) / ⁠

About the Artist:⁠
I've been drawn to art since early childhood but began to take art seriously after attending College in 2019. Being around like-minded creatives in art history and painting classes encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and drastically changed how I showed up to my easel and canvas. For my traditional work, I currently work primarily with Open Acrylics and charcoals; drawing inspiration from artists such as John William Waterhouse, Edward Robert Hughes, and Edmund Leighton. Genre pieces and still life captured my attention beginning in 2022. I plan to use still life, fabrics, and figure studies to gain the foundation I need to create genre paintings as I work with traditional mediums. Around 2022 I began working with digital art, exploring fantasy, romance, and romantacy themed pieces. I currently focus on creating illustrative pieces for books, game art, and fantasy genres. I plan to continue focusing on digital art, using the skills I've acquired through painting to bring digital illustrations to life.⁠

About the Work:⁠
"Destroying Angel" was created for my Mushroom Series and inspired by Amanita Virosa- a deadly and poisonous fungus. I wanted to incorporate a lot of subtle mushroom qualities in this piece, with the main focus being her "trophy" (skull). The moon in the background behind her head represents the mushroom cap and to play off the traditional "halos" that you can see in fine art behind angels and saints. Her dress is the ring that would be found on the stem of a mushroom, and finally hidden around her body you can find some gills! I really loved the idea of combining pinks and red with a dark background to make her pop out to the viewer to toy with the angelic theme I was trying to create.⁠ . .⁠
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Artist Feature Friday / Issue 21, pgs 54-55⁠Cedelia Obenshain (she/they) / ⁠⁠About the Artist⁠Cedelia Obenshain is a mul...
09/29/2023

Artist Feature Friday / Issue 21, pgs 54-55⁠
Cedelia Obenshain (she/they) / ⁠

About the Artist⁠
Cedelia Obenshain is a multimedia artist working mostly with oil, encaustics, watercolor, and fibers, passionately sharing human experience through these methods. Cedelia was born and raised in Hillsborough, North Carolina. When she’s not creating art, Cedelia works as a barista, coffee roaster, and college student in Chapel Hill. Fully believing that everyone is an artist, Cedelia aspires to cultivate an environment of creative growth for herself and those around her. Driven by her curiosity alongside a passion for connections, forms, light, and perception of thought, she brings a playful and explorative attitude to art.⁠

About the Work⁠
The artworks that I submitted are made with encaustic medium. I mix the base of this medium in my studio using 8 parts beeswax and one part damar resin. I then mix mineral-based pigments into the wax to create my colors. This is a wax-based medium, it is solid at room temperature. The wax must be brought to a temperature above 140℉ to melt and become a workable liquid that I can use to paint. Instead of liquid paint slowly drying, wax quickly becomes a solid when removed from its heat source. The wax solidifies in seconds, to bind layers of the medium I use a torch to melt the layers together, blend out colors, and smooth the wax, eliminating bubbles. This medium depends on the use of fire or other heat applications. This makes it volatile, there are health risks associated with closeness to burning material. Use proper ventilation and do not bring your wax to its smoking point. Encaustic is an ancient painting technique from sealing the hulls of wooden ships with wax to keep them seaworthy before creosine, metal hulls, and other chemicals preserving and sealing wood. People began to play with the materials they were using to seal ships and soon were covering marble statues, coffins, and buildings with bright encaustic-bound pigments. I love that this medium came from ancient people playing with fire at work!⁠ . .⁠
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NEXT WEEK Seattle!Vinyl Delights is an art show and live music event to celebrate coffee, creativity, and community. (An...
09/15/2023

NEXT WEEK Seattle!
Vinyl Delights is an art show and live music event to celebrate coffee, creativity, and community. (And there may be some giveaways😏)

Come early to catch it all:
5pm is the art opening curated by
5:30 a Q&A about Coffee People Zine with
6pm we start the live music with
and we’ll be done by 8pm so you can make curfew (or continue your partying elsewhere😜)

Who will we see there?

(Free and open to the public. RSVP on Eventbrite - search Caffe Vita Vinyl Delights) . .
Thanks to our sponsors .usa

Artist Feature Friday⁠ / Issue 21, pgs 78-79⁠Charly White (she/her) / .poetrygarden ⁠⁠About the Artist⁠Hi I’m Charly! I’...
09/11/2023

Artist Feature Friday⁠ / Issue 21, pgs 78-79⁠
Charly White (she/her) / .poetrygarden ⁠

About the Artist⁠
Hi I’m Charly! I’m a 26 year old writer, musician, frequenting barista and coffee lover from South Wales, UK. I’m currently in Paris working on my second poetry collection. My first book, titled ‘A Collection of Wildflowers’ is due to be released in January 2024. For me, writing is all about connection; connecting to the world, connecting to nature and connecting to our own minds. If you’d like to follow my journey, you can find me at .poetrygarden on instagram. It’s a pleasure to be able to share my words with you, thank you for being here! ⁠

About the Work⁠
I see ‘Fire’ as a symbol of my most powerful and dangerous emotions, as well as the beautiful passions that ignite my life; each having a very real and deserved presence. I acknowledge anger and pain as things I want to be able to control rather than hide or dismiss, and passion as something that I want to keep burning strongly in my life. Writing is my way to try and better understand and connect to my emotions and to improve how I perceive / interact with the world. Being open about who I am and how I feel helps me on my journey towards positive change and growth.⁠
‘Embers’ - I wrote this piece following a guided meditation in Ubud, Bali. The simple act of sitting in silence and watching the slow burn of the flame was a very powerful moment for me, which lead to this reflection.⁠
‘Lanterns’ - I wrote this piece on on New Years Eve in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I was sat at the river with a beloved friend, watching people around us release their lanterns, hopes and dreams into the sky. This poem is my attempt to capture the magic of this time of year, and of this particular moment.⁠ . .⁠
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Mark your calendars, Seattle!In two weeks we’ll be partying with  (Sept 22) and  (Sept 23).We’ll be celebrating coffee, ...
09/08/2023

Mark your calendars, Seattle!
In two weeks we’ll be partying with (Sept 22) and (Sept 23).

We’ll be celebrating coffee, creativity, and community at these three events. Live music, raffles, treats, art…Get ready for a good time.

Save and share this post so we see you there! . .

Writer Feature / Issue 21, pgs 26-31⁠"BUSTED! One Union's Story of Fire and Camaraderie"⁠Kat Finch (she/they) ⁠⁠About th...
09/06/2023

Writer Feature / Issue 21, pgs 26-31⁠
"BUSTED! One Union's Story of Fire and Camaraderie"⁠
Kat Finch (she/they) ⁠

About the Author⁠
Kat Finch is a poet and letterpress printer living in Pittsburgh, and currently working at Commonplace Coffee. They go on adventures with their cat, Squid, whose adventures you can follow .the.eyeless . She has work forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, and their other poems may be found in Grist, DIAGRAM, and Southern Indiana Review.⁠

About the Article⁠
In 2018 my coworkers and I started our union adventure. I had hoped to create a piece that was more journalistic, but felt too far removed to accurately portray a collective experience. I hope that the lyrical quality feels welcoming, and like anyone can follow into and out of the piece, and relate to it. While ultimately our attempts to unionized failed with the owners shutting down their cafe operations (not their roastery) I hope this article galvanizes others to show that this is an attainable goal. That even in so-called failure we succeeded and did what was right. That work should be community led and focused, that mutual aid Congress from within. Unionizing isn't the only way to disrupt and change the workplace, baristas have collectively started walk outs, and demanded better across the country. If anything, I hope this is hopeful in realizing the future of coffee.⁠ . .⁠
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Artist Feature / Issue 21, pg 10-11Jeff Foster (he/him) About the ArtistHi, I’m Jeff Foster. I am the coffee roaster, ar...
09/01/2023

Artist Feature / Issue 21, pg 10-11
Jeff Foster (he/him)

About the Artist
Hi, I’m Jeff Foster. I am the coffee roaster, artist and founder of Bush Hill Coffee Co. I have been seriously into specialty coffee for the past decade as a consumer and finally got into roasting at the end of 2019. You might be wondering what’s with the name, Bush Hill Coffee Co.? Bush Hill is the original name of my hometown in NC, Archdale.
Bush Hill Coffee Co. is my passion project where I focus on bringing coffee and music together for a different kind of experience. I do all my own roasting and artwork, creating music-inspired coffee releases. I create coffee ‘album cover’ art based on music groups with specific coffees that I pair with the theme of the release. The coffee bags have the ‘album cover’ art on the front and the back has details about the coffee.
I focus primarily on pop-up events for 1:1 engagement with people. There’s just nothing like a live event and getting to meet people where they are in specialty coffee - for some, it’s the first time they are experiencing specialty coffee. It’s an awesome opportunity to educate and create a great experience that hopefully continues forward. I also use my online store and Instagram as creative channels for sharing my artwork and coffee releases.
While I do create music-inspired coffee releases, my main focus is on creating an experience for people:
- Discover what specialty coffee is about
- Tell the stories of the growers who produce the coffees I roast
- Explain why I pair a certain coffee with the music that inspires
- Look for opportunities to give back, I’m currently partnering with Grounds for Health to
raise awareness and money to help provide cervical cancer screenings to women in coffee producing countries.
Building coffee community is also very important to me. I am fortunate to have great relationships with coffee people that continue to inspire and help me grow as a roaster. I truly believe we’re better together and supporting each other is the key to growing specialty coffee in our communities.

(cont. in comments) . .
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Check this doubleshot from .xxvii at  ❤️‍🔥Issue 19 / DARKIssue 21 / FIREWhat a combo😍 . .
08/15/2023

Check this doubleshot from .xxvii at ❤️‍🔥
Issue 19 / DARK
Issue 21 / FIRE

What a combo😍 . .

❤️‍🔥Issue 21 is almost here!❤️‍🔥We’re ahead of schedule (for once) so subscriber zines will start going out today and to...
07/27/2023

❤️‍🔥Issue 21 is almost here!❤️‍🔥
We’re ahead of schedule (for once) so subscriber zines will start going out today and tomorrow.

Orders for one-offs and new merch will open on Saturday, so get ready! . .

Issue 20 Article Feature⁠Curation of Exceptional Sensory Experiences in the Twin Cities: Investigating the Intersection ...
07/07/2023

Issue 20 Article Feature⁠
Curation of Exceptional Sensory Experiences in the Twin Cities: Investigating the Intersection of Coffee and Music with Four Minnesota Coffee Pros⁠
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Read the full article in Issue 20⁠

Big thanks to our Article Sponsors and for their sponsorship that made this possible.⁠ . .⁠

Issue 20 Art Feature⁠Liam Berge (he/him) / Silversmith & Coffee Jeweller⁠Coffee Bean Culture / Blairgowrie, Scotland⁠⁠⁠A...
07/05/2023

Issue 20 Art Feature⁠
Liam Berge (he/him) / Silversmith & Coffee Jeweller⁠
Coffee Bean Culture / Blairgowrie, Scotland⁠


About the Artist:⁠
Coffee bean culture started as a result of the pandemic, I had not long started a course in silversmithing when the class was shut down and I really wanted to continue to learn, so I found a lot of tools and started a workbench in the house. Me and my partner Demi have spent our relationship surrounded by coffee, from spending our free times traveling to check out new coffee shops and roasters, to taking part in cupping classes and latte art throwdowns, so it's always been something close to us (we even got engaged with a coffee bean ring). So when working on my art what better to be inspired by than by coffee! ⁠
At the time I had a home roaster so I gathered some of my roasted beans and made a mould of them, and created a silver coffee bean necklace from it, and it sold. So I thought why not make another, then that one sold. From there it grew into a business and now I specialise in coffee inspired jewellery, having made silver beans from different varieties, species, and even custom pieces for roasters of their own coffee to commemorate their own roasts into something they can wear forever. ⁠
It's definitely an art formed in love as it's something I take so much joy in and want to continue this as my full time job one day, I mean who wouldn't want to work with coffee! ⁠

Check out yesterday’s post to see what Liam's working on - those tiny little metal beans!⁠ . .⁠

Issue 20 Art FeatureLiam Berge (he/him) / Silversmith & Coffee JewellerCoffee Bean Culture / Blairgowrie, ScotlandAbout ...
07/04/2023

Issue 20 Art Feature
Liam Berge (he/him) / Silversmith & Coffee Jeweller
Coffee Bean Culture / Blairgowrie, Scotland


About the Work, from Liam:
Coffee bean culture started as a result of the pandemic, I had not long started a course in silversmithing when the class was shut down and I really wanted to continue to learn, so I found a lot of tools and started a workbench in the house. Me and my partner Demi have spent our relationship surrounded by coffee, from spending our free times traveling to check out new coffee shops and roasters, to taking part in cupping classes and latte art throwdowns, so it's always been something close to us (we even got engaged with a coffee bean ring). So when working on my art what better to be inspired by than by coffee!
At the time I had a home roaster so I gathered some of my roasted beans and made a mould of them, and created a silver coffee bean necklace from it, and it sold. So I thought why not make another, then that one sold. From there it grew into a business and now I specialise in coffee inspired jewellery, having made silver beans from different varieties, species, and even custom pieces for roasters of their own coffee to commemorate their own roasts into something they can wear forever.
It's definitely an art formed in love as it's something I take so much joy in and want to continue this as my full time job one day, I mean who wouldn't want to work with coffee!

From our Editor:
These pieces are so unique. I've seen coffee jewelry before but it's usually a cheap approximation - not like this, forged from an actual coffee bean. I made coffee bean earrings for a short time back in 2017/18, though I just encased real beans in resin and glued them to earring posts. THIS is something totally different. This requires such knowledge, skill, and patience to get each metal bean just right. And they'll last longer, too!
When I saw this submission I was so excited to see Liam taking this unique approach to coffee, art, and craft.

You can order Liam's amazing coffee artwork - go give him a follow and get a piece for yourself! . .

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