We got a visit from a bulldog while having our morning coffee at Lost Weekend NYC, a surf-themed espresso bar and gallery in the Lower East Side around the corner from our HQ. The dog was being walked along Orchard Street and suddenly
plopped down in front of our group of espresso junkies, stubbornly refusing to budge in spite of his owner’s commands. Like a boss.
The four “M” words of espresso brewing written in beautiful neon light on the wall at La Colombe Torrefaction, the cafe and espresso bar on Lafayette Street, near Prince Street, in SoHo, in downtown New York City. The 4 “M’s” are the Italian words miscela, macinazione, macchina, and mano, which with regards to making espresso coffee mean “blend,” “grinding,” “machine,” and “hand” (i.e., human skill) respectively.
Amsterdam is a city with a lot of amazing spaces and a reputation for awesome, super-cool design. Awesome coffee, however, is not something Amsterdam is famous for. But that’s quickly changing. A handful of coffee roasters and cafes have recently set up shop in the city and are brewing some of the best coffee in Europe. Headfirst is one of them, and it’s doing it with great style and taste in design, as its cafe and branding attest. The cafe is full of vintage, mid-century modern furniture from Sourced and Sold, the shop to which it’s adjacent. This is the must-go coffee spot in AMS to get your double-espresso macchiato and while you’re at it, say, pick up that authentic Barcelona chair you’ve always wanted (most of the furniture is for sale from Sourced and Sold).
Coffee Bru is a cafe that takes its coffee seriously. Here at Global Graphica, we are admittedly coffee snobs, and we approve of Bru. The pour-over coffee here is exceptional and awesome. And the cafe’s interior design is a testament to making clever use of a small, unusual space to create a warm and beautiful indoor environment.