We recently got this ultra-minimalist travel mug for our coffee. The form factor and style of the container can’t get much simpler than this. It’s an excellent example of considered industrial design and aesthetics. The mug is called the “Carter” and it’s made by a company called Fellow. We got
We saw this wheat-pasted poster on an electricity utility box on Fairfax Avenue in Hollywood on Monday. And we thought “Hey, street art!” The poster was cool-looking and cryptic. The image was a simple back-and-white Sharpie-like drawing of a guy or girl with shoulder-length hair and dark sunglasses. Under the
Yes, savvy reader, it’s true. Almost everybody’s favorite Seattle, Washington-based, international speciality-coffee chain has a design flaw in its familiar, if not ubiquitous, mermaid logo. Can you spot it? Do you see it? What is it? Look closely at the logo. (And c’mon now — don’t Google the answer! We
The space at Daydream Coffee and Surf in Costa Mesa, California is great, but it’s missing a few things that would make it perfect: A bed, a TV, and a set of keys to the space with our name on it.
The branding of coffee roaster and cafe Common Room in Costa Mesa, California is a simple two-dimensional, flat icon of a coffee cup and saucer. It appears repeated in a diagonal pattern across the cafe’s exterior, a gray single-story brick warehouse-type building in a light-industrial business park devoid of shops
The cafe at Menotti’s Coffee is a third-wave espresso joint and a friendly little hub for the legion of caffeinated locals and a certain stylish subset of Silicon Beach worker bees in the heart of Venice in Los Angeles. The baristas are serious about their coffee game but with zero
UK artist J Goldcrown has made these “Lovewall” / “Bleeding Hearts” murals of simple, spray-painted hearts part of the urban scenery of Los Angeles and New York throughout the past year. This one is painted at the entrance to Alfred Coffee, a popular cafe in the fashionable “establishment hipster” neighborhood
The curb in front of the Alfred Coffee in Silver Lake, Los Angeles has been cheekily employed as signage, and as such a clever branding device that bears the cafe’s slogan in stenciled white-on-black paint: “But First, Coffee.” Whether this guerrilla marketing tactic is legal is unknown. (We suspect it isn’t legal and they didn’t
As the pix below show, Tuesday was a “snow day” here in New York City due to the massive winter storm, dubbed Juno, that started hitting the city Monday afternoon. But while the blizzard started out big, blustery and with very heavy snowfall Monday, the second wave of the storm
This is one of our favorite third-wave coffee joints in New York City. Toby’s Estate is in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and has one of the warmest and most convivial atmospheres of any cafe in NYC. The coffee is excellent. Toby’s own coffee roastery is at the back of
On our recent visit back to Tokyo, we picked up a bag of freshly-roasted espresso beans from Bear Pond Espresso at their cafe at On the Corner in Shibuya. We love the totally unbranded, shiny, silvery bag — it’s only markings are the roasting batch and date numbers.