1. San Francisco | SnowBird Coffee
Fresh Kaufee, a coffee man, illustrator and designer – familiar to this space – constructed at San Francisco’s SnowBird Coffee. With things like vegetable leather coasters, hand lettering designs and fresh apparel to go with your coffee it’s a nice lifestyle collaboration in a coffee shop space. Surely more like these to come in the 2015 coffee culture year.
2. INK & LION | Bangkok
Bringing the world of art into culture, INK & LION Café held a letterpress exhibition. The public, free of charge, was invited to see letterpress work and create a mini-card of their own. In a hands on tactile experience, the opening party for the exhibition included an opportunity to connect through art and multiple forms of that medium. Let art live!
3. The Tea Lounge | Park Slope, Brooklyn
Long a neighborhood institution for every kind of coffee shop goer, The Tea Lounge announced it would be closing this doors after the weekend. In an era where coffee shops are having to find multiple ways to stream in income, its owner Jonathan Spiel cited not enough revenue from patrons enjoying couches, wi-fi and one cup of coffee as one reason why the business was closing. What kind of coffee shop model will survive areas like Park Slope, in the city of New York and around the world when high rents, newer and bigger tenants move in and affording rents that once-upon-a-time establishments no longer can?