Creating The Coffee Culture Club

The Coffee Culture Club

Like Cultured tastes for haute couture, coffee houses have sprung up in Paris, France following the lead of New York, U.K. and Australia where small business entrepreneurs have shown success.

The trend to return to home brewed beers, freshly baked small batches of bread, raising your own chickens and eggs, fermenting your own brand of wine and now developing local blends of coffee have perked up the interest in the younger generation.

Reminded of Toulouse Lautrec's immersion into his art and involvement with an intimate group of artisans, coffee lovers engage heavily in the rich varied flavors and get high off the sentimental effects of their social groups. Emotions range from excitement and to calm in this admirable addiction.

Romanticized communities who make sipping coffee a part of their ritual daily routines crop up, grow and thrive. Continually searching out new bean varieties and fine-tuning and developing roasting techniques make this an art supreme, rivaling the lovers of fine wines.

In a time of economic crisis, tea and coffee products have evolved to support innovators, risk takers and investors. The atmospheric cafes and coffee houses must design inviting spaces for contemporary life. And, they have turned the preparation of each cup into an artistic competition of distinctive beauty.

A question yet to be answered, "Do people consider this a respectable industry and business?" I guess that would take a large collection of data in surveys from all points on the globe.

A Barista

Barista at work in a North American Coffeehouse
Barista at work in a North American Coffeehouse | Source

Haiku

Rich Coffee Flavors
Colored with creamy white foam
poured and stirred

Creating florettes
leaves, stems, and weaves in the cup
to gently sip up

Ladled and dripped
pouring and applying white
pigment paint and foam

Held warmly by hand
the steam rises in the air
warming waiting lips

Debby Bruck


Poetry in Art

A Short Video
"the steam goes up
because coffee
comes from heaven"
famously played by
actress renée french
in the 2003 movie
coffee and cigarettes
produced by jim jarmusch
with music by pink martini
no hay problema
which means she can forget
her troubles over a cup
of smooth espresso

Coffee Culture

Coffee culture has been around for a very long time with movie sets, literature, poems, paintings and all forms of artwork detailing the intricacies of the way coffee pervades a society.

What is a latte?

Coffee and milk or with steamed milk. Increasingly common in the United States and Europe, using two ingredients, like making a sepia colored drawing, artisans devise stylized images of hearts, leaves, flowers, trees, symbolic objects and animals as the beverage presentation. I could watch the coffee artists all day creating this art form. Created by pouring steaming, and mostly frothed, milk into the coffee, that liquid is introduced into the beverage in such a way, patterns are distinguishable on the top of coffee.

Did you know?

A barista (from the Italian for "bartender") is the person who prepares and serves espresso coffee beverages at the coffee establishment. Baristas also compete to create the most delicate designs in latte foam. In the competitive world, you can ooh and aah at heated tournaments where artisans go head to head creating the finest designs.

Expert: Ashley Howe
Bio: Ashley Howe has worked as a professional barista off and on for several years. She is a self-trained vegetarian chef. She currently helps out at a nationally certified coffee house in Carrboro, NC.
Filmmaker: Wyatt Schaefer

  • World Best Latte Video by PittsburghTrib on YouTube plays exquisite violin music while you watch a professional barista named Luke Shaffer create a latte with artistic designs in the milk foam at 21st Street Coffee and Tea in Pittsburgh's Strip District.
  • Another Coffee and Cigarette playlist on YouTube definitely feels like "culture club" art-nouveau texture in black and white with a young woman stirring her way too sweet coffee and cream while wearing her beehive hairdo in a checkboard table clothed Italian restaurant. Sheik. Refer to photo above, it's all about the espresso coffee and artistic expression.
  • ExpertVillage on YouTube | How to Make a Caffe Latte | Steaming Milk to Make a Caffe Latte

Train With The Champions - Latte

Training video and DVD | Learn from the best baristas from around the world. Study the techniques and philosophy of coffee and espresso, as well as what it takes to be a champion.

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Latte Art

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When the price gets too high will people create a home party culture?

Since the world has shrunk, news travels fast and trends cross borders. We learn what works for one family, town or city and that innovation gets picked up by others who strive to succeed in the economic, artistic, social or cultural marketplace.

What are the traditions of drinking coffee?

To make it a special time to sit at a table freely without being disturbed, reading a paper, kindle, lingering in meditation, not feeling obliged to quickly leave the table for others to take your place, rushing quickly and moving on back to work, warming your hands and heart, laughing with a lover or friend and pampering a sweet dessert.

Is coffee really the most affordable item on the menu? Does it bring the meal to a close? What is the experience of selecting the type of coffee bean to be individually ground for your select cup? The aroma envelops the habitual participant, who can learn a lot about the origins of the bean in specialty shops.

  • I recommend a visit for a special popular song entitled, "Coffee Prince MV - Damaged (T.L.C) on YouTube about a couple that falls in and out of romantic young love. Here are a few lines of the song below. I'm not sure it has much to do with coffee, but it does have a certain appeal and flavor for people addicted to romantic series television; and sipping on some coffee.

    I know I'm kinda strange, to you sometimes
    Don't always say, what's on my mind
    You know that I've been hurt, by some guy
    But I don't wanna mess up this time
  • It appears all of the "Howcast" and "How-To" videos on YouTube probably have some type of watermark logo of an arrow and, thus, you will have to visit to view. My goal in providing this short Hubpages series on 'coffee' was to educate and bring as much information together in one place as reference material about coffee topics. You can jump off HP to see a good demonstration of "How To Make A Cappuccino" by Howcast on YouTube and then return to finish reading this hubpage; or else finish the Hub and then take off with all the resource suggestions.
    • You will learn the list of items needed to begin the project
    • Warnings about food preparation
    • The order of steps to a perfectly finished product
    • Tips to make a better cappucino

Michelle Featherstone - Coffee & Cigarettes

Coffee Drinking Traditions

The art and science of expresso

A small 1 to 2 ounce shot of pressure-brewed coffee using between 6.5 and 7.5 grams (about 1 tablespoon) of finely ground coffee. Brewing takes about 25 to 30 seconds. When properly brewed, the espresso will have a layer of rich dark golden cream, called crema, on its surface, indicating quality espresso.

As in the drinking of wine by letting it breath, swishing the glass, sniffing and slowly tasting, drinking an espresso coffee can be an art. In an Italian café, you might witness patrons breathing in the aroma as they hold the cup and saucer, and then drinking the entire beverage in 3 or 4 quick gulps. The ritual is finished by firmly but gently tapping the cup back onto the saucer.

The tradition in the United States to put an artificial sweetener into coffee (to save a few calories - ba humbug) will not be seen elsewhere. Italians may add sugar to their espresso, even though this beverage is traditionally drunk without any additional flavors so as to savor the true coffee bean flavor.

Coursely or Finely Ground Determines the Brewing Time

The main differences between espresso coffee and drip coffee are the fineness of the grind and the brewing time. The development of espresso machines cuts down the brewing time with its15 atmospheres (ATM) of pressure to force the water through the ground coffee.

A shot of espresso is made by forcing about 1.5 ounces of nearly boiling water through the tightly packed grounds with a tamper. The creaming foam (crema) will be poured into the resulting slightly thick brown liquid.

There are many variables in the process of making a shot of espresso. The temperature of the water, the pressure of the water, the fineness of the ground coffee and how tightly the coffee is packed are just a few.

Espresso coffee is a blend of several different types of coffee beans from different countries. The beans are roasted until they are dark and oily-looking.

Making Drip Coffee

Boiling water drips over coarsely ground coffee held in a filtered holder and drips down into a pot. This process is much slower than the espresso process, and hot water is in contact with the ground coffee for much longer. The resulting larger cup of drip coffee will have more caffeine than the small shot of expresso. Some people may develop of taste for one type of coffee or another.

The Trend Toward Individuality

Each country and culture will be developing their very own culture rather than creating the chain type industry. People want to brand their own name and individuality. They want to stand out from the crowd and attract new customers.

Many flavors abound, especially when making Chai Latte

  • cinnamon
  • vanilla
  • almond
  • raspberry

Shown Above: Whole television series may use the coffee shop as its backdrop.

  • RHYTHM & BLUES | Another resource jumping off of HP to YouTube link search for a wow song called, "One Cup Of Coffee & Cigarette by The Lucky Cupids LIVE" that sounds just like Elvis strumming his guitar posted by "TheLuckyCupids." The instrumentalists and vocal include: ANDREJ RUDOLF - Vocal & Rhythm Guitar, MATEVŽ CARNELUTTI on Solo Electric Guitar, GREGA USENIK on Drums and ALEŠ KOLAR on Upright Slap Bass.
  • FOR MOVIE BUFFS | "Check out Peyton Sawyer - Coffee and Cigarettes" posted by wallflowericons on YouTube as a collage of scenes from her favorite actress and the tragic incidents in her life. Listed events were when her birth mother died, and her friendship with her best friend ended. Plus, she got shot and she lost two loves in the time span of one year.
    Peyton Sawyer- Coffee And Cigarettes

Two Addictions

Paired with cigarettes in hand, coffee as a common dual ritual can be seen in movies and read in life stories and fictional works of art.

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Georgiakevin 5 years ago from Central Georgia

I enjoy coffee and coffee tasting. I thought I knew a lot about coffee but when I read your hub I realized I know very little. Thank you for teaching me more. It is a well written hub.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Much appreciated Kevin. I am also learning a lot as I write these articles. Enjoy your cup today! Debby


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mdlawyer 5 years ago

Debby, some wise thinker has said that humanity is divided into two: coffee-lovers and tea-lovers. Instinctively, I'm one for tea. But coffee I love to relish occasionally. Nestcafe Bru are my favourites. Thanks for the interesting hub on coffee. VOTED UP AND RATED BEAUTIFUL!!


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hello MDL ~ I think you may have mentioned that to me before about the "two-types." Thanks for your votes. I've taken a breather from Hubs since the end of 30-Day Challenge.


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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

Thanks for sharing this, useful and beautiful hub. Reminds me of a very dear family member of mine, she was a barista for years.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Good Day Fluffy77 ~ I just love the artwork and the way they swirl the cream and coffee. Are you a coffee drinker?


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California

Makes coffee drinking a delightful experience


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hello AllaDream ~ Are you a coffee drinker? Does learning more about coffee change your experience? Thanks for visiting. Debby


Derdriu 4 years ago

Debby, What an entrancing, fascinating, riveting look at the world of the cultivated, cultured coffee lover! It's so interesting how you draw cultural and historic parallels between the coffee-drinking places of now and then. In particular, I loved the distillation of facts, observations and thoughts into poetry. Additionally, it's fun to have the reinforcement of the multimedia approach as well as the recipes.

Thank you for the excellent investigative journalism, voted up + all,

Derdriu


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

Derdriu ~ I think I must have spent an entire day not only researching and searching, but watching video after video of barista's making coffee designs. They were spell binding.

Then, when Hubpages changed the guidelines about uploading videos and images with any type of watermark on them, I had to remove some high quality demonstrations and a couple very 'art nouveau' short films. Perhaps you can use your Sherlock mind and figure out how to get to those links from the hints in the text.

Many, many thanks for your incredible comments which bring out the best aroma in any Hubpages. (HUGS) Debby


Derdriu 4 years ago

Debby, It's very well-deserved regarding the high quality of your investigative journalism and the high standards which your writing meets in terms of supported argumentation and timely topics.

Respectful hugs, Derdriu


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire

Debby,

A really well presented and very informative look at the world of coffee. I love a lattee, so much so we just bought one of the pod style machines. I've had a few of the machines with inbuilt steamers, but they never seem to work.

The coffee art is great, I think you taste things with your eyes first and a coffee beautifully presented is going to bring pleasure to more than just your taste buds.

To sit back after a meal with an artistically decorated coffee, has to be the best end to a meal.

voted up all all the buttons.

regards

Tony


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

Dear Tony ~ We both love the taste, smell and atmosphere that coffee plays in our lives. Seems that if you do something well, it can become an art form. Blessings, Debby

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