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Bright Ideas

May 28, 2013

Coffee Chairs

Katy Fisher of Vintage-Pride has hit upon a delightful application for reclaimed Hessian coffee sacks which she sources from Brazil, Hawaii and Peru.  She uses them to reupholster chairs for her Art Deco Collection which, she says, provides a comfortable and hard-wearing finish and unique look.  Recycling has never smelled so good!

For further information, contact Katy Fisher.   website:

coffee-sack chair

Directory of London’s Independent Coffee Cafes

May 13, 2013

Our 2013 directory of London’s Independent Coffee Cafes is now on line at  Any additions or corrections should be emailed to

International Women’s Coffee Alliance

May 13, 2013

The International Women’s Coffee Alliance
The IWCA is a peer-to-peer volunteer network of women and men dedicated to empowering and enriching the lives of women in the coffee industry along the entire supply chain through collaboration, education, training, workshops, fundraising and sponsorship opportunities.  Their third annual convention was held in Guatemala City, February 7-9. The event, organized by the Mujeres En Café (the IWCA Guatemalan Chapter) was attended by over 250 coffee professionals focused on learning more about challenges and opportunities in the supply chain.

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Store Street Espresso

April 18, 2013

The Urban75 blog carries an excellent photo feature on Store Street Espresso.  It’s great to see new artisan cafes springing up around the British Museum in the wake of the much loved Coffee Gallery>>>

Store Street Espresso
40 Store Street
London WC1E 7DB

MUMAC – Museum of coffee machines, Milano

April 15, 2013

The recently opened Museum of coffee machines – MUMAC – in Milan, Italy, houses the Maltoni Collection, the largest espresso machine exhibit in the world, which has on display all the Italian-made espresso machine models produced from 1900 to 2000. Located in a newly restored space within the headquarters of Gruppo Cimbali, the exhibition path is laid out as a journey through different eras. Each room corresponds to a specific time period with photos, advertising billboards, and other displays setting the equipment into historical context.

MUMAC, Via Pablo Neruda 2, Milano.  Tel.: +39 02 90049362 email: website:

Johann Jacobs Museum

April 13, 2013

The Johann Jacobs Museum overlooking Lake Zürich houses one of the most important collections on the cultural history of coffee.  The museum has been closed for renovation the last several years but is slated to reopen in July 2013. Address: Johann Jacobs Museum, Seefeldquai 17, 8034 Zürich.

New York’s Caffe Espresso Society in 1956

April 12, 2013

We recently came across an article by Herbert Mitang written for the New York Times back in 1956 about the city’s new ‘Caffe Bohemia’ and how it was being encouraged by the Italian consulate anxious to test the potential market for espresso in the States. Mitang, however, concluded that it was unlikely espresso would overtake American style coffee, quoting one observer as saying  ‘I have great respect for what comes out of the Italian kitchen in general, but their coffee ought never to come out at all – they should use it to remove the stains from copper kettles.’

Mitang claimed that the first espresso machine in New York was set up around 1916 by an Italian named Maioglio Barbetta in his restaurant on West 46th Street.

We’d love to hear from anyone who might have further information about this.

Coffee Art

April 11, 2013

Mike Breach is a barista in New York who has become a coffee celebrity of sorts after having his frothy paintings picked up by the international wire services.  Even the Daily Mail decided this was a newsworthy event – so coffee madness has truly percolated into Middle England.  You can find Mike’s cappuccino masterpieces at  There’s also a nice YouTube feature on his work at

46B Espresso Bar

April 11, 2013

Jorn Tomter has created an excellent photographic study of 46B Espresso Bar for the I Love Chatsworth Road website. It’s well worth a look.

Coming Soon Coffee

April 11, 2013

A charming food blog by Giulia Mulè has a very nice piece on Coming Soon Coffee at the Exhibit Gallaries, Barbican.