All posts tagged: photography

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 …

Humans of coffee: Greg Mucci

There’s a backstory here I have to tell. My Instagram account is a busy one. I get hundreds of submissions every day from folks who want to be featured. They mostly submit shots of coffee. But every so often someone will tag a really great shot of a barista at work. And when I post those they get a fair amount of likes.   Three weeks ago I posted this shot by Boston based photographer, Julie Ciollo. It’s not the first time I featured her work – she’s an very talented photographer. All the photography for this blog post is by Julie, for example. Check out her out on Instagram. The shot is of her friend, barista, Greg Mucci. And my Instagram lit up. This shot got so much attention. In fact, more attention than any other barista shot I had posted. 3,056 likes. 53 comments. Here are some:   Clearly my followers wanted to know more. So through the magic of social media, within 24 hours Greg and I were talking about his story, his …

Humans of coffee: Ed Berman

Who is Ed Berman? Ed Berman is a man obsessed with ritual. He makes a chemex twice a day, every day (the first when he gets into the office and the second after lunch); he reads and writes (he’s a lawyer but really thinks of his vocation as the dissection and incantation of words); and if you don’t spot him in Illovo on a Thursday night with a beer (black label or craft) and camera (Sony RX-100 or Nexus 6P) in hand, something terrible has happened. It recently occurred to him that he measures his life by the repetition of good experiences. The act of crafting the current moment has become his ritual, and this is what makes him tick. What is your best childhood memory? I have been lucky enough to have been born a twin and so I have had a best friend since the womb in the form of enthusiastic Joburg-based coffee anthropologist Abby Berman. It seems strange to say but I don’t have one “one” single defining best childhood memory – all I can attest to is that Abby was definitely there. Image …

Humans of coffee: Emma Lee

  Who is Emma Lee?  I’m disciplined in the art of results. As head designer in junior sportswear for a fast-fashion company based in San Francisco, Byer California. What is your best childhood memory?  The daily conversations with my mother after a long school day. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?  I actually don’t really have anything much that I would do differently in life, so far I’m pretty lucky and really grateful of what I have and given in my life. What do you feel most proud of? Having the luck and stamina to achieve and nourishing my role as head designer within my respected field. In constant revolving inspirations of fashion and its business’ challenges. If you could only keep three possessions, what would they be and why? Does a person consider as possessions? If it does… I guess I would only keep my parents and my husband… they’re the most supportive family in my life and I would take them everywhere I go. …

Humans of coffee: Heather Mason

Who is Heather Mason? I’m a 40-something writer-photographer-blogger and I live in Johannesburg, South Africa, in a suburb called Melville. I moved from the United States to South Africa in 2010, which is when I started writing my blog, 2Summers. Slowly, over the last six years, blogging has evolved from a hobby into a profession. What is your best childhood memory? I was a serious athlete during my childhood and youth and played on a competitive girls’ softball team. When I was about 15 my team won the Maryland State Championship, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, and went on to place 9th out of 60 teams at the U.S. National Championship. Being part of a team like that was an amazing experience and taught me a lot. It was definitely the best summer of my childhood. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? Several years ago, I left a marriage. I knew I had to do it and I knew that ultimately my leaving would be the best …

Humans of coffee: Wayne Oberholzer

Who is Wayne Oberholzer? I like to think of myself as being loyal… Almost to a fault. I get confused with this man mountain of a human who is almost unapproachable. When this couldn’t be furthest from the truth. I have a passion for learning new things, and I am constantly looking to understand stuff outside of my field. I love flavours and the exploration of flavours. Understanding what makes flavours and flavour combinations tick. I have 70 Dives to my name an advance Free-diving license. A pilots license. A Motorbike License, 3 National coffee titles and a passion for travel. What is your best childhood memory? I have too many really to nail down just one. As a child we would travel to Mauritius a lot. Went to the US twice, including Disney world and New York. As a young aspiring Pilot and lover of Top Gun, I was super fortunate enough to have been to Pensacola and got to see the Blue Angels all lined up and ready to go. But probably the …

Istanbul’s third wave coffee map

Istanbul, has taken its share of the current phenomenon that glorify artisanship behind coffee. Are we complaining? Of course not! Here are my top 5 coffee houses: #5: Sunday Coffee Bar Sunday Coffee Bar offers you Sunday Spirit everyday. Its very quiet and peaceful, you can work/chat/read/think while watching the street. And flat white is served with a mini cookie! #4: Kronotop Kronotop is a small but well equipped coffee shop in Cihangir. They claim making the best “specialty coffee” with their unique roasting machines. We agree 🙂 #3: Mahalo Coffee Shop In Hawaii language, Mahalo means “Thank you”, and you’ll also be thankful to spend time here. You can get lost while finding it but don’t worry! It’s between old buildings and repairers. The chef in the kitchen bakes fresh cakes & pastries all day. They are really delicious! On top, flat white was smooth like a cotton candy! #2: Drip Coffeeist Asmalimescit Interior design with rustic touches makes you feel like home in Drip Coffeeist. When you find its street, don’t forget to …

Humans of coffee: Karabo Mashishi

Who is Karabo Mashishi? I am a young creative person born and raised in Soweto. My environment has highly influenced the kind of person I am. I’m very passionate about style, motoring and design in that order. Apparently I’m a hipster but it’s just who I am. I’m a denimhead, that loves the artisanal movement that is growing in South Africa. What is your best childhood memory? It has be the inquisitive child I was, I remember asking my dad about cars and luckily for me he always knew the answers to the never ending questions. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I would probably put all my focus into design, clothing design to be specific. But I am a believer in things happening for a reason so my journey has taken this turn for a specific reason, i’ll find out in the end I guess. What do you feel most proud of? I’m proud of the Self-Discovery journey I’ve been on, I feel like I’ve …

Humans of Coffee: Alessio La Ruffa

Most don’t believe me when I say I’m an introvert. You know that guy, the life of the party. The conversationalist. The crowd magnet. That’s not me. So I don’t meet many more people beyond my small, tight network. Until coffee. Coffee’s changed all that. I’ve met more people through coffee in the last 2 years than I’ve met through any other social medium in the last 10. I want to introduce you to them. So I started an initiative called Humans of Coffee. And the first human I’d like to introduce you to is Alessio La Ruffa. Who is Alessio La Ruffa? Alessio La Ruffa is an introvert that doesn’t like taking phone calls. He’s also a photographer and social media marketer. He’s made many bad decisions, some good ones and likes the direction that his life is currently taking. What is your best childhood memory? I would have to say my birthdays. They were always in the school holidays, and they were days all about me, having fun, being with my friends and …

Here are the ingredients for a perfect long weekend in Cape Town

I was lucky enough to visit Cape Town again last week. For business. And at the end of a very productive week, I had a long weekend to do with as I please. Here are my ingredients for a perfect long weekend in the Mother City. Airbnb I love Airbnb. If I could marry Airbnb I would. We’d move into a loft. Have 2 kids. And drive a Prius. The process is simple. The hosts are great. And the prices are amazing. I got this view for $55 a night. Lunch at Maison Chris Weylandt has expanded his taste empire to include a wine farm, Maison. Lunch at the bistro-style restaurant, The Kitchen, is a must. Every dish will impress your palate. And any lady accompanying you. Which on this visit was my mom. Coffee For me, no trip to any city is complete without a sampling of it’s speciality coffee. And Cape Town has some of the best in the world. It was a short but perfect weekend. And it was good to home …