5.24.2010

around the world with bash, please: coffee cupping

Paige and I teamed up to concept and design an entertaining column for design*sponge.  as part of a monthly post we'll be going global and designing our events around a different region, country or culture.  fun right?  we'll be travelling the world through each area's unique experiences and tastes. 


our first stop?  Seattle, Washington




inspired by my recent trip, we focused on Seattle's characteristic coffee culture, and specifically the boutique roasters around the city that offer "coffee cupping" to caffeinated aficionados.  like wine tasting for coffee lovers, cupping is a collective way to understand and appreciate the nuances of the various beans.  Honestly, what's more Seattle than coffee and donuts and getting snuggly with friends?



For the florals, i wanted to capture the lush, damp feel of the region.  I fashioned a natural table runner out of dense moss sprouting with white Scabiosa, Helleborus, Maidenhair Fern, and Lily of the Valley.  We used coffee tins as containers and topped them again with the "sprouting moss".  As a final touch we scattered glass jars with single sprigs of lilly of the valley on books and newspapers.


we incorporated so many fun (and easy) DIY ideas into this shoot.  find all of the details at Design*Sponge - including the perfect coffee-house mix Paige put together.

We're just now coming down from the coffee high and itching to land on our next stop...can't wait to see where we end up!

14 comments:

Caroline said...

What an incredible post!! I love coffee! xo

Jessica said...

this is really beautiful. You should have used more Pearl Jam album art though...duh :)

Jessica O'Brien said...

absolutely stunning. so excited to see what you guys come up with next!

Katie said...

really beautiful :-) I love it all, but my fav little touch are the coffee rings with names for place cards!!! I love coffee rings, SO cute!

Sarah M said...

What an amazing idea! Such a beautiful layout! I love this whole post!

erin said...

mmmmm coffee cupping

{lovely little things} said...

Love all of the little details.

Yelena - The Stylish Soiree said...

I love it, so simple and cozy! Great job. :)

Adventures in Dressmaking said...

What a fun trip!
I've heard Portland has better coffee than Seattle... but I'm biased, I live here and love it! Story is, Pete's started in Portland and Starbucks started in Seattle by two friends who agreed not to cross the markets for like ten years or something. Now, they're both everywhere, but Pete's is sooooo much better!

greenie said...

hmmm...thought Stumptown began in Portland and Pete's in Berkley. Either way, looks beautiful Kel!

Katie @ Engagement Rings said...

Genius idea - and a coffee tasting has got to be cheaper than a wine tasting. Right?

Bekah Mae said...

This post is lovely! I live in Seattle, and it very much has that Seattle vibe.

Apt#34 said...

you were in my home town and I missed it?! I surely hope the weather cooperated and you enjoyed your visit! And your event looks stunning :) I may use it for a future dinner party inspiration!!

EmmBee said...

What a lovely idea! Would you mind telling me the paint colour you have on your walls?