While walking around at Artisanal LA this past October, we came across a rustic and cozy display (see photo at end of post) of custom furniture. A few seconds into talking with the owners of the company, we could tell they were … Continue reading
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and it’s time to meet the most wonderful twin sisters from their very own winter wonderland Portland, OR…
We’ve been wrapping up edits from summer weddings, as well as a neighborhoods project we photographed In Barcelona & Portland for Airbnb. Next up are some exciting new web design projects for a florist, an upholsterer, a fashion blogger and a charcoal artist. We’re also catching up on curating new items for our vintage & handmade shop in time for the holidays!
We spent our youth with family in Barcelona, first sipping ‘cortados’: a mighty shot of espresso in a sweet little shot glass. These days, we love our local coffee nooks (Ristretto Roasters, Stumptown, Coava) for their no-fuss drip coffees, which we enjoy with just a bit o’ cream (and some cinnamon or nutmeg around the holidays!). Sometimes we’ll get fancy and order an Americano.
It’s The Little Things
Autumn in Portland. The smells, the colors and the energy in the air leading up the holidays is electric!
Going to the movies. Nothing beats sharing popcorn and a pint at our little indie theater.
Our menfolk & our mutts. Hannah has two min pins, Kelty has two large bully mixes, and we both have tall, bearded husbands.
Our Coffee Tables
While reading about the history of the espresso machine on the Smithsonian website’s design series, Design Decoded, I was reminded of how necessary art is. Art is not a selfish endeavor, it’s more like the glue that keeps things together. Of course, the world couldn’t operate without science and technology, but art, talent, and unique style are just as important. This sentence (see below) has been made into art itself; I’ve seen it spray painted outdoors and for purchase as a framed poster:
The “earth” without “art” is just “eh”
Hard to argue with that. A wonderful thing about living on this earth? Espresso.
A common misconception about espresso is that it’s a certain kind of bean or roasting method. However, espresso can be made from the same coffee beans that go into a regular drip coffee machine. What makes it espresso is the grind of the bean as well as the preparation, and by preparation I mean:
The Espresso Machine!
“But as with the finest objects of design, science and technology is not enough. There is an art to the espresso as well. The talent of the barista is as important as the quality of the beans and the efficiency of the machine. Indeed, it is said that a good espresso depends on the four M’s: Macchina, the espresso machine; Macinazione, the proper grinding of a beans –a uniform grind between fine and powdery– which is ideally done moments brewing the drink; Miscela, the coffee blend and the roast, and Mano is the skilled hand of the barista, because even with the finest beans and the most advanced equipment, the shot depends on the touch and style of the barista. When combined properly, these four Ms yield a drink that is at once bold and elegant, with a light, sweet foam crema floating over the coffee. A complex drink with a complex history.”