Culture Cooler.: Ethiopia’s Gesha, Jay-Z’s Hall of Fame Coffee Moment, A LightWave and Oscar Ferney Cruz. June 26, 2017

cool it now

Lightwave Coffee Roasters


ONE | The great steaming of alternative milks is becoming more prevalent in specialty coffee shops proving less fat content milk deserves its up close and cameo shot too. LightWave Coffee Roasters, currently roasting just North of the hub Downtown LA puts a mark on this soy cappuccino. Keep an eye on them, their decaf coffee and upcoming menu selections – not one of them should be into a corner.  Comparatively, coffee shops are also diversifying their menu offerings to include more than just coffee and such, but culture too.


Matthew Finley, The Assembly Cafe

See the photography of alternative process photographer, Matthew Finley, on exhibition at Assembly Cafè in West Hollywood, California black and white prints don the walls providing for quite the mental diversion if your coffee break should bring you here. Up until end of June, 2017


Brandywine Coffee, instagram

Released on the brink of the first weekend of summer, we all might want to be like Oscar Ferney Cruz this season. Taking a cue from the art work on the limited edition Brandywine Coffee release of the same name – its artwork includes a bear parlaying against a tree. Hello to summertime drinking. Huila, Colombia x Wilmington, Delaware.



THREE | This read will culturally enlighten you on the value of coffee from its motherland of Ethiopia.  Gesha Village, cultivated in Ethiopia, the motherland of  coffee, has reportedly earned the highest price in coffee for Ethiopia and the entire continent of Africa. The price? From the Bench-Maji Zone, Gesha Village old for $85 a pound out of Gori Gesha Forest  by the MeanIt people.



LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 09: Hip-hop artist Jay Z performs at The Staples Center on December 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

On June 15, 2017, in the same year, JAY-Z is known to be the second richest hip-hop artist in America, he became the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. His greatness as a writer has given the music industry bars to hope in, believe in and of course, rock to. From Reasonable Doubt to the upcoming 4:44, JAY-Z leaves much to hum to in and between his verses, coffee included. Can you name the rap from which these bars are derived?

“Was so young my big sis’ still playin with Barbie
Young brother, big city, eight million stories
Old heads taught me, yung’un, walk softly
Carry a big clip, that’ll get niggaz off me
Keep coke in coffee, keep money smellin mothy
Change is cool to cop but more important is lawyer fees.”