All posts tagged: instagram

Humans of coffee: Katya Katkova

Who is Katya Katkova? A marketer turned a barista and then a coffee-shop owner turned a coffee-obsessed blogger. Also one of those thirty something millennials who can’t function without a new project in mind. What is your favourite childhood memory? Once my dad was teaching me to ride a bicycle. I couldn’t keep the balance and he would support me holding the boot. As I was focusing on pedalling suddenly realised that I’m riding on my own and my dad is far behind. I will always remember that amazing feeling of euphoria mixed with a reverent fear! If you could have a do-over in life, what would you do differently? I’d definitely move to London much earlier. This is my happy place and I don’t understand how I lived without these messy streets, polluted capital air and weekend markets in my early twenties. What do you feel most proud of? I would love to think (and be proud of) that I played my part in gentrification of East London. Although it’s a mixed feelings term …

Wholewheat & Oat Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Here’s a chocolate chip cookie recipe gone healthier, yet still deeply satisfying. This is not your everyday quintessential chocolate chip cookie. This one is better. Deep dark chocolaty + chewy + fudgy = comfort food! Makes 1 1/2 to 2 dozen cookies Ingredients 125g dark couverture chocolate {I used 72%} 50g unsalted butter 30g good quality cocoa powder 1 egg 100g brown vanilla sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla extract pinch salt 1/2 tsp baking soda 15ml yogurt {1tbsp} 80g oats 75g wholewheat flour 50g dark chocolate chips Method Line two cookie trays with parchment paper and preheat your oven at 180C. In a heatproof bowl or in microwave or using double boiler method melt chocolate and butter and whisk until smooth. Stir in cocoa powder. Combine egg, yogurt and brown sugar in a large bowl and whisk till fluffy. Beat by adding vanilla extract, salt and baking soda. Mix in melted chocolate. Into this, fold in the oats, whole wheat flour and chocolate chips. Let it sit for 5 minutes for oats to absorb moisture. If the …

Humans of coffee: Maja Wisniewska

Who is Maja Wisniewska? A girl with too many interests and not enough time to follow them all! From coffee (obviously!) through history of fashion, rap music, sports, ending on forensic sciences and criminal profiling. I’m from Poland where I have done my BA in international relations and MA in cultural studies. I have moved to UK and currently I’m living in Southampton. At the moment I am not doing anything related to what I’ve studied which is so common in today’s world. Instead I’m focusing more and more on a career switch as I would love to start working in a coffee related environment. What is your favorite childhood memory? To be honest I feel like my brain ran out of memory space and has started replacing older memories with newer ones. Most of my earliest memories are from my teenage years. From really early years I remember playing with my cousin which has always led to massive fights so that we had to be separated from each other. That was until we realised …

Humans of coffee: Matt Kenny

Who is Matt Kenny? Part-time barista, full-time over thinker, wannabe photographer, currently living and working in Cambridge. Slightly awkward and introverted coffee lover who can regularly be found in the city’s many cafes (my Instagram @_mattpk is testament to this). What is your best childhood memory? Spending time with my grandmother as a small child, eating toast in her front room and holding her hand as we walked through the vast parks in Harrogate. She has since passed, but my interest in toast and long walks has not. I do miss her and her sense of humour dearly. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I’d love the chance to go back to university again. I often feel there’s a lot of pressure to go into higher education at a certain point in your life, rather than when you are actually prepared. I certainly wasn’t ready or in the right place, and while I got the grade I wanted, I don’t feel I made the most out of …

Humans of coffee: Christiane Andrade

Who is Christiane Andrade? She is a happy mellow woman who is always smiling. She loves being creative. This just happens like breathing. She has still much to learn about painting, drawing, photographing, baking, music etc. These are all means that she finds to express her passion for life and love for people. She is half extrovert and half introvert. When it comes to social media she tends to be quite introvert but she thinks it’s time to give it a try. Lately, she has felt inspired to create on Instagram a profile of photos that she registers during her trips. She is no professional photographer and has no photography technique, but she is a quick brain and very open to learn. In her case, it’s not about being technical but having a heart. Not about taking the perfect shot but capturing the right memories. She loves and lives well. Everyday is a day to be a better version of yesterday, she thinks. She has recently found out how to use hashtags and she’s enjoying …

How I went from zero to 100,000 Instagram followers in one year

The growth of my instagram account surprised me. I certainly didn’t set out for it to grow at big as it did. And I certainly am surprised it continues to grow at the pace that it does. I’m going to try to capture why I think that is. Community These aren’t all my own photographs. If they were all my own, I know my following would not be the size it is today. Because the fact is, I’m just not as good a photographer as most of my community. Eye The irony does not escape me here. I have an eye for a good photograph but I don’t always take the best shots. Regardless, I still know a good shot when I see one. Respect I don’t alter the photos I repost in any way. I may have an opinion on how to improve a photo with an edit of some sort (or I may not, given the previous point). But I don’t touch them. It’s a sign of respect to the photographer. Credit I’ve seen …

Humans of coffee: Adriaan Louw

Who is Adriaan Louw? An architect, a photographer, a DIY enthusiast, an avid traveler, a Land Rover owner, a proud Pretorian, a husband, an opportunist, an extrovert, an urban explorer and now a Human of Coffee. Jokes aside I am all those things, a dabbler of sorts. I am also not ashamed to admit that I am still figuring out who exactly Adriaan Louw is or at least who he wants to be. What’s your best childhood memory? I hope this isn’t being psychoanalyzed but I fondly recall two things from my early childhood. Taking everything apart, especially with some brute force and exploring the roof space of my Dad’s garage. He is somewhat of a hoarder and this mysterious wonderland always produced interesting finds. The Garage is still the place where we bond and fix our Land Rovers. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I don’t really believe in do-overs, I think I have come up to this point for a reason. I have always …

Humans of coffee: Ryan Chew

Who is Ryan Chew? Ryan Chew is a perfectionist because he always pay attention to every little and minor detail around him and always making sure things go according to what he wishes for. He is also an “Optometrist”, an eyecare practitioner who checks eyes of patients everyday. He spends his leisure time hopping cafes around the town and being an avid food/ coffee/ and portrait instagrammer. He is currently living in a small state called Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. What is your best childhood memory? I don’t exactly remember very well, but I was quite fat when I was young, perhaps it must be involving lots of food. So I presume that I got to eat what I want at anytime and anywhere? *laughs*   If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? Frankly, I’m not exactly the studious and bright student material when I was in high school due to my laziness. I often spend my time with friends over unnecessary things and ended up getting poor result, …

Humans of coffee: Jenna Echakowitz

Who is Jenna Echakowitz? I am known by (and as) many things – freelance photographer, writer, bookworm, car fanatic, pop culture enthusiast, animal rights activist – but simply put, I am a creative. I am a person who is constantly inspired by the world (and the people) around me. Sometimes I am completely besotted with everything in existence, and other times I loath the very world in which I live – I am a person of extremes (also, one who tends to be overly dramatic). I also have a chip on my shoulder about standing only 5″1′ tall. What is your best childhood memory? Learning how to work a camera for the first time – it was grade four, I was young and inexperienced, and it involved a disposable film camera from a Wimpy kiddie’s meal. It was cheap, plastic, rattled a bit when you moved, and bright red. Most of the shots from it were unfocused and shaky at best, but I enjoyed the action of taking an image so much that I was …