I live with an industrial espresso maker.
It is certainly one of the perks of the move (oh there I go with the coffee puns again..). Needless to say my average weekly coffee intake has increased. I also have a rule that when asked out to coffee I can’t say no- equalling instant social interaction and a good strategy to get out of the studio. A friend of mine rang me the other day and asked if I had any good pictures of coffee, as she is doing a reasearch project on the average latte for school- she asked with a smirk for certain. I take a lot of pictures of food and subsequently coffee. I also worked on a coffee plantation in Columbia for a month this year (see some photos of the coffee harvest here). Where I would work in the mornings then like clockwork the rains would fall after the midday siesta, then we hike up the mountain to town and settle in at one of the cafes with 100-year-old coffee machines, this is me and the owner of my favorite, the green on the corner…
Many of these are from Australia where I had to learn a whole new coffee lingo, do you know what a “flat white” is? Because I do, now.
Coffee is a huge industry and so as a potter I make mugs. Mugs to make your coffee better. Many cafe’s in the Kootenay area have small shelves selling local potter’s mugs. Last year I got onto Oso Negro’s wall for a month and sold out. The Frog Peak Cafe in the valley is selling my fellow potter Eryn’s mugs and may shortly be selling mine (I just have to make them first..). It is hard to grapple with being a potter in a recession when luxury craft items are more of a luxury but as much as local coffee sales are up and handcrafted mugs are on the scene I can sleep calmer at night….
Back to the espresso machine here are home. You see my brother talked my mom into getting it years ago, you see my bro is a bit of a coffee snob, some may say aficionado or some such label and so I know I make a sub par latte and have been told often (though I highly disagree), so does my mom. One day my mom gave my mom a two-hour intensive lesson on the art of the barista and so the other day I was relayed this lesson here are snapshots from that and you’ll be happy to know there are step by step instructions taped beside the espresso machine, just incase the lesson slips my mind:
Foodie: Show recipe I’ve cooked in the week and the picture of person enjoying it with beautiful ceramics.
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