anna brones

writer + artist + activist

Posts Tagged ‘coffee

Preorder a Copy of the Book ‘Paris Coffee Revolution’

with 3 comments

Paris Coffee Revolution Promo Image v 2

For the last two years I have been covering the specialty coffee scene in Paris. For a long time, Paris was a place that was known for bad quality coffee and not much else. But in the last few years, this has changed, and nowadays there are a handful of local specialty roasters and a long list of cafes where you’re sure to get served a good cup.

Last year photographer Jeff Hargrove reached out to me. He had been bitten by the coffee bug and as a portrait photographer, he wanted to self-publish a book with portraits of the “coffee entrepreneurs” in Paris – the people who helped to change the coffee scene. But he wanted more than portraits, he wanted a story. And so I came along to help write that story: Paris Coffee Revolution.

Read the rest of this entry »

Advertisements

Written by Anna Brones

September 10, 2015 at 10:12

Video: Coffee Outside

with 5 comments

Surrounded by a lot of talented filmmaker friends, I have always been attracted to the power of visual storytelling. But enjoying visual storytelling is one thing. Making it yourself is another thing entirely.

A little over a year ago I told a couple of filmmaker friends that I wanted to invest in a camera so that I could try my hand at filming. “Do it!” was the resounding response.

Sure, I had played around with iMovie a few years ago, putting together a few clips into something coherent, but nothing more than that. Maybe it was time I challenged myself. So I got the camera, and took a lot of nice photos with it, entirely intimidated, in fact, nearly paralyzed, by the thought of trying to do video. Where would I even begin? What if I failed?

Having talented creative people around you is a really good thing. Imagine if you were surrounded by a bunch of boring, mediocre individuals? No thank you. But there’s a flip side to being surrounded by all this talent; while they’re happy to encourage you, you also have very high standards to live up to. And so, I found myself unable to jump into the world whose waters I wanted to test. I was nervous, stricken by the idea that I might make something that wasn’t up to par.

And then it struck me: this is your first film. If we all listened to the voices in our head that told us we were going to fail before we even started, we wouldn’t get anywhere. Failure is just another form of fear. Because what is failure? The definition is up to us entirely, and in the case of wanting to try something new, the only failure I could really come up with, was not doing it at all.

So I set out to make a short film. Super short. Turns out, it’s hard. But it’s also fun, and I can see why all my filmmaker friends are so addicted. There is power in storytelling, whether it’s a short love letter to something we love, or if it’s a feature-length documentary tackling important subjects that we believe the world should know more about.

This video came out of a love of coffee and the outdoors. At the end of July, I spent two weeks hiking in Northern Sweden, and I knew that with a place so visually stunning, I should at least get something on film. This is what it became. This short video isn’t going to change the world (that will be a film later down the line, thank you very much) but maybe it will change how you think about your coffee routine. And maybe this story will inspire you to try something new, something you have never done before and that you’re scared of. Because quite frankly, there’s nothing better.

Written by Anna Brones

August 24, 2015 at 18:27

Why Shouldn’t You Microwave Your Coffee?

with 3 comments

Should You Microwave Coffee?

Microwaves and coffee, that’s this week’s topic over on my coffee column at The Kitchn. Short conclusion: it’s better to make a fresh cup!

Want to know why you shouldn’t be microwaving your coffee? Read the full article here.

Image: Louis

Written by Anna Brones

August 13, 2015 at 08:34

Fika Book Events in NYC

leave a comment »

Fika at Budin in Brooklyn

I am so excited to be in NYC this week for some book events.

Johanna and I will be signing Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break at three different spots in town this week, so if you are in the NYC area, drop on by.

Monday May 4

Book signing at the famous NYC Fika chain. You better bet there are going to be Swedish treats on hand.

3 to 5pm, FIKA Tower’s Loft, 824 10th Ave, New York City

Wednesday May 6

Book signing and afternoon fika at Nordic specialty coffee shop Budin, with coffee by the lovely Stockholm roaster Drop Coffee.

5 to 7pm, Budin, 114 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn

Thursday May 7

Book signing, cinnamon rolls and a beer or two (trust me, those two things go together quite well) at 61 Local

6pm onwards, 61 Local, 61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn

Written by Anna Brones

May 3, 2015 at 15:19

​Coffee: Six Degrees of Caffeination – A Beautiful Video About Our Favorite Drink

with one comment

Loving this video by Swallow Magazine founder James Casey.

Via: Nowness

Written by Anna Brones

February 27, 2015 at 14:55

Posted in Coffee

Tagged with , ,

Vintage Siphon Coffee Ads

with 2 comments

Vintage Siphon Coffee Ad

I had a fun time researching this week’s The Kitchn coffee column, all about siphon coffee.

My favorite part is how popular siphon coffee brewers were during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and how many vintage ads for them you can still find.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Anna Brones

February 26, 2015 at 12:05

Ever Felt Like This Ordering Your Coffee?

with one comment

The specialty coffee industry can get a lot of flak for the intensity that it puts into making a good cup. But just like many things that we consume which take time to make – wine, beer, cheese, etc. – there will always be passionate people behind them, and we should have respect for that. You can geek out on anything after all. But that doesn’t mean you can’t poke fun sometimes.

This video that Everything But the News from PBS Digital Studios did is hilarious. I think we can all find some humor in it.

Enjoy!

Written by Anna Brones

February 25, 2015 at 10:11