One would think that once one’s children turn 23, you would stop marveling at things like their hands and fingers. Kathleen sent this photo to me of Kate, my oldest, on their weekend visit in Portland. And I have to tell you, her hands…those fingers, and my dad’s Boy Scout ring, still make me swoon. Tin Shed Garden Cafe, Portland ,OR.
If you’ve been hanging around, you know I like to take a short coffee break every 25 photos. Some coffee-related art, music, or witty video. I like to think of it as a visual palate cleanser. Today I am introducing you to a brilliant idea, Coffee Common.
Coffee Common is a new venture, created by a few famous coffee folk, with the collaboration of others, including Brian Jones of Dear Coffee, I Love You. It’s an opportunity for a conversation about quality coffee, and how we can support and honor the tradition, resources, skill, work, concern, passion and talent that go into each amazing cup.
One of the reasons I wanted to do this project (coffee|served daily) was the excuse to learn more about coffee. I wanted to appreciate each cup, and all that goes with it, not just drink and dash. By the way, the more I learn, the more I realize that coffee is way, way too cheap.
Coffee, collaboration, conversation (someday, in another post, on another blog, I will share my thoughts on branding as conversation….because that’s what it is). They’ll be doing their thing at TED, I believe later this week. I’m impressed and excited. I hope you are, as well.
So take a few minutes and poke around the site. There was a nice piece on Boing Boing this weekend, too.
And here’s your visual palate cleanser, courtesy of Coffee Common.
(graphic and photo from Coffee Common)
I was pretty excited to find this in my email on Monday morning, coffee from Copenhagen (Alex claims Copenhagen has THE BEST name for a city, anywhere. I concur, though still partial to Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso). I love how this photo feels like a companion to Bernadette’s (174) which arrived the prior morning. From Tschitshi, blogging about the flavors of Denmark here.
From Bernadette of Vertigo B.
“Last night was date night, so Mr. Smith and I decided to explore a newish coffee shop, Kéan Coffee in Newport Beach. There are two locations and it was started by the Diedrich (Martin Diedrich) coffee guy and named after his son. They have a HUGE selection of beans and it made the car smell amazing. I am trying the Panamanian Boquete Alto Lino. Tomorrow will be the 100%, obscenely expensive Hawaiian.
It was a cold (for Southern California) blustery, rainy night, so a hot mocha for each of was perfect. Worth the trip, even in the pouring rain.”