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Random Artistic Photos, Vol 1
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Random Artistic Photos

Each time I do a Detailed Review for a product for the CoffeeGeek site, I shoot hundreds of photographs. In addition, my camera(s) come with me almost every time I hit an event, a conference, a show, or a competition. Plus I have a digital camera handy anytime I do something a bit special in an espresso or coffee cup. It all adds up to literally thousands of photographs on my hard drive. These are some of my favourites.

One note - these photos are copyrighted by me, and belong to me. That means no use in any commercial way - be it eBay auctions, or selling anything at all. That said, if you would like to use any of these photos on your non-profit, personal websites, or even in print for purely fun reasons (no commercial use at all), you are free to do so - just drop me a line letting me know, and you're good to go.

Latte Art
I get exposed to a lot of latte art in my life, but it is always a challenge to photograph it well, and photograph it quick - latte art quickly fades and blurs, degrades and gets dull. But sometimes, I can capture the good stuff and make it look good.

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Thin Latte
This is one of my fave all time latte art pours, and is an example of "thin latte art"
More Thin
Terrible lighting, but a nice thin latte pour - I go for the really tiny wisps.
Macro Latte
A closeup of the previous pour, a lot of milk and crema mixed in this one.
Artigiano Lattes
Poured by Vince at Caffe Artigiano in Vancouver, this is par for the course in that shop.
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Perfect Latte
Vince sure does pour a perfect latte.
Ristretto Heart
Ristrettos get a nice heart when you ask for a macchiato.
More Beautiful Latte
More exquisite work from the Artigiano boys and girls.
Pouring a Latte Art
Vince makes pouring a Latte Art cup so easy, it's scary.
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Jeanette Art
This is some latte art that Jeanette poured - she's getting good at it!
Heavy Milk
Sometimes I get too much milk, but I can pull it back and still get a defined shape.
Vince Piccollo
Vince at Caffe Artigiano, arguably the best Latte Art technician in North America.

Machines and Things
As I mentioned above, I shoot a lot of machine pictures, and every shoot, I try to get in a few "artsy shots", as it were. Here's a selection of them.

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BAR Dial
BAR Dial on an Isomac Super Giada machine.
Capresso Coffee TEC
Top down look on the coffee brewer with the automatic frother system for milk.
FF Handle
Poor Francis - she stuck her tongue out, and her dad made it stay that way :)
Gaggia Classic
Looking up the wall of a Gaggia Classic espresso machine.
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Millennium
Looking up at the grouphead on an Isomac Millennium.
Jura Capresso
A look at the brand new logo for a brand new company - Jura Capresso.
S9 Super Auto
Looking up at a Jura Capresso S9 Super Automatic panel.
Mazzer Remnants
Inside the doser chute (macro view) of a Mazzer Mini grinder
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Mini Dial
The stepless grind selection dial from a Mazzer Mini
Power
Switch on a Mazzer Mini grinder - soon to be extinct (the switch model, that is).
Pistons
The piston assembly on an Elektra Micro Casa a Leva.
Handle
The portafilter handle (in place) on a Rancilio Silvia
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Branded
Hey, that's all me - Rancilio added a classy branding plate to the Silvia - I asked for it for years!
Rocky
Rocky gets the branding plate too. Looks cool.
Steamer
Closeup of the steam wand on a Jura Capresso S9 Super Auto.
Dial it in
The dual dial on a La Marzocco Linea espresso machine.

Other Photos
And here's an assortment of other photographs. Some show some of my best poured ristretto shots; others are action shots in cafes and events. Still others are some people I know in the biz. And the last one? That's me, finding out my La Marzocco machine blew a house fuse :)

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Aaron Cafe
My buddy Aaron at a cafe, surfing the Net. Photo taken with my cell phone camera!
Aliens!
Beautiful double ristretto poured into an Illy Aliens cup.
Getting the Beans
Getting the beans in an old school bean drawer.
Illy Logo
Illy cups are so cool, so well designed. The only thing I'd do to them is make them thicker.
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Sitting in Cafe 1
Enjoying a traditional (5oz) cappuccino in a local cafe...
Building It
Two people work a five group La Marzocco at Hines Public Market Coffee in Seattle
Aliens Redux
I swear, that little alien is smiling....
Elektra cups
These cups, made by Ancap, are possibly the best overall espresso cup, ever.
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Sizing
A comparison shot to show how small my "big brick" of a smartphone really is.
Another Cafe
Sitting the afternoon away in another cafe, this time with ristrettos.
Branded!
Reg Barber made me a custom branded CoffeeGeek tamper. Toooo cool.
Illy Web
Illy art cups featuring "art" that is actually one version of the Illy website.
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Great Tamper
One of my favourite tampers of all time, the Xpresso Tamper.
Macro 1
close up shot of an espresso puck that poured a great shot.
Macro 2
Top view of the same puck.
Macro 3
Another espresso puck, this one didn't pour as well.
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Gift Box
Last year, we gave out some special gifts to coffee fans at CG. This was the wrapping.
Guinness 1
Yes, the Guinness effect is possible even on $300 machines (Solis SL-70
Guinness 2
Shot settling, showing what I call the "Guinness Effect".
Displaying Art
My display case with my Illy Art cups at home.
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Golden
This shot is not retouched - this was the light in our kitchen one afternoon.
Action!
A Barista works their magic at a local Vancouver cafe.
Latte Super
Yes, latte art is even possible on a super automatic.
Williams Stuff
The selection of machines last fall at Willians Sonoma. Hrmm. Where's the serious machines?

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John B
John Blackwell, in his element talking about the history of espresso machines.
La Marzocco
My current setup at home - La Marzocco Linea, Mazzer Mini
Life's a Beach
I love this illy collection set of cups - all feature the artist holding beach balls - and the cups match.
Perfection
A perfect double ristretto pouring into an Illy art cup for charity.
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Ristretto
I can tell you, this ristretto was one of the best tasting shots I've ever had.
Funky
Funky, almost burnt patterns, but it was a killer shot (as in good).
All Gone
I get sad with the good shots are all gone.
Ouch
Did my La Marzocco die? Naw - I had a toothache over Christmas this past year.

A gentle reminder: these photos are copyrighted by me, and belong to me, and are meant for the exclusive use of my site. That means no use in any commercial way - be it eBay auctions, or selling anything at all. That said, if you would like to use any of these photos on your non-profit, personal websites, or even in print for purely fun reasons (no commercial use at all), you are free to do so - just drop me a line letting me know, and you're good to go.


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