Steamed: Notes From A Barista


by Henry Freedland

You know us. We’re here on the walk to your morning’s single-transfer commute to a creative career job in Manhattan, probably Midtown, potentially Chelsea, rarely SoHo, never Wall Street. We remember you and your usual drink and can anticipate that you switch from hot to iced coffee somewhere in early-to-mid June. We look you in your tired eyes, bleary from catching up on Battlestar Galactica, Breaking Bad, Bolaño, whatever, too late into the night, and we ask you—because you’re usually such a staunch small-coffee consumer—”a large today?” You see, we’ve noticed. Or we have your order ready on the counter by the time the line snakes you into first position. We have staved off an incursionist front of urban anonymity. You’re flattered that we remembered. You’re very impressed.

You shouldn’t be. We probably went to your alma mater. In select cases, we might even keep this fact to ourselves so that you won’t feel bashful when required to discuss professors with the person who’s buttering your scooped-out sesame bagel. In our minds, we’re saying “I tried to hang my diploma in the fridge back here, but it didn’t leave enough room for the soy milk and chai mix.”

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Filipino Coffee Tutorial by Mikey Bustos

The Mocha Lisa: Masterpiece among cup-holding classic artworks recreated with COFFEE

Leonardo da Vinci’s early 1500s masterpiece Mona Lisa is one of the most beguiling and recognisable works in the history of art.

Over the years her fame has meant that she has been parodied many times – including when Dada artist Marcel Duchamp gave her a moustache.

But now American artist and caffeine-lover Karen Eland has modernised the image… by creating a copy of the Mona Lisa with coffee.

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Mocha Lisa: American artist Karen Elands has recreated the famous artwork using just coffee.

Art of Obama in Coffee

Revenge of the StencilThe Art of the Foam Coffee Stencil

See the rest of the artworks here.

Coffee, Sex and Other Weird Ways to Not Get Sick

Drink coffee!


You know about antioxidants and you’ve been religious about your daily dose of Vitamin C, but what else can you do to keep that tickle from creeping up the back of your throat or waking up in sweat-wet sheets and a chill shivering along your spine? Here are some of the weirder, but still efficient ways to keep those sick bugs at bay:

1. Kissing (and while you’rea t it, have Sex)!

Yes, kissing can help you fight off colds and flu! By exchanging bacteria back and forth, you are actually enhancing your body’s natural defenses and boosting your immune system. But that’s not to say you should go out and give a big smooch to any sicky around you…

Up the ante and have sex! Performed once a week, sex has been shown to increase immunoglobulin A (IgA) production, an immune-boosting protein that helps keep pathogens at bay.

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