December 2012

Ethiopia 2012: Pushing the Coffee Wall

Ethiopia was my own personal coffee promised land long before I ever first visited in 2007, before even becoming a coffee buyer in the early 2000’s. After 20 years in coffee, 2007 marked a turning point in my coffee life…also, too, in my personal life. The American poet, Charles Olson suggested the idea of the private soul against the public wall. (more…)

Static,-22x27,-india-ink-painting zach“I started this work two years ago when I first moved to Portland. For the first year I mostly painted patterns and mandalas with india ink. I started using a compass to make my circles more balanced and would often grid my compositions with a ruler. Last summer I started trying to incorporate gauche and watercolor. I have been using lacquer-based inks for my outline and detail areas. Lately with the newest stuff I have been combining the patterns with figures. I like the effect and am really enjoying the process. I hope you enjoy it too.” – Zachary Marvick

How to Make Millions While You Sleep runs through the end of the month at the Belmont cafe.

d_root2d_rootd_root1DANIEL ROOT

It’s not for the faint of heart. The thundering hooves, the spray of mud, the glory of the game—and that’s from the photographer’s point of view. Daniel Root, a popular Portland sports and lifestyle photographer, illuminates the gritty reality of the equestrian sport with portraits of jockeys from Portland Meadows. With individual images, Root captures the athletes’ energy, mere moments after stepping off the track. Their emotive facial expressions, splattered with mud, reflect the varied levels of their success. (Hint: the cleaner the face, the better the finish.)

Shooting at Portland Meadows is an unique experience. Being so close to the power of these incredible animals during a track race is intense. You can literally feel the pounding in your chest as they speed by.” —Daniel Root

Daniel Root is a sports and lifestyle photographer based in Portland, Oregon. His mandate on shoots is to create an atmosphere where authentic moments can happen. This methodology and unique visual approach have led him to work for local, national, and international clients such as adidas, Brooks, Intel, Manchester United, and Nike as well as a variety of publications. For more information, please visit his website, Daniel Root Photography.

On view December 3rd, 2012 – January 31st, 2013

Join us on December 24th at our Division St. Cafe in Portland as we host our annual Holiday Blood Drive benefitting the American Red Cross. For every pint of blood donated, we’re offering a free 12oz bag of coffee. Sign up at any Stumptown Cafe.

The Stumptown family boasts a bevy of talented folks on display in Portland this week. Come see for yourself.

To celebrate the release of their second album, “Finale of Seem,” Hello Damascus (Director of Operations Matt Lounsbury and roaster Blake Hoover) are playing a show at the World Famous Kenton Club with Dolorean. The album and poster feature artwork by another one of our own on the production team, artist Ty Ennis. The show starts at 9 pm Thursday, December 6th.

Barista, artist and super mama Heidi Hopfer presents Soft and Sturdy, an exploration of self-sufficiency, drawing inspiration from quilting, textiles, and braided hair. “It’s about weaving together a life well-built, if seemingly nontraditional,” she writes in her artist statement.

The opening reception will be at Redux Gallery on Friday, December 7, from 6 to 9:30 pm.

Belmont barista Zachary Marvick has unloaded a flat file of dizzying lovely India ink drawings of patterned and kinetic images, that are at once compelling and playful.

Pop by for the opening reception of his show How to Make Millions While You Sleep on Sunday, December 9, from 6 to 8 pm at the Belmont Cafe.

And last but not least, our resident beekeeper, singing coach, and barista Wolf Carr is peddling his pollinated wares at Crafty Wonderland this weekend, December 8 & 9th, from 11am to 6pm.