Dex Fernandez is the artist behind the rounded, many legged "Garapata" character taking over cities across the world in the form of stickers and street art. Inspired by the infestation of ticks that explored his childhood home (brought in by his pet dogs), Fernandez's surreal Garapata pieces now explore urban areas around the globe, making art more accessible to people on everyday commutes. He has collaborated with Kalsada in designing our new, limited edition coffee bags for the Harana Blend. This week, we sat down with him for an exclusive interview regarding the inspirations behind Garapata.
Mexico City is turning into a major capital of specialty coffee. Local pioneers BUNA are one of the major players of this fast-developing scene, and at a turning point for the team: they’re about to move their roastery to a bigger space and in the middle of their café renovation, which will reopen early April. Their shop, called BUNA 42, is located in La Roma, the city’s hippest neighborhood where specialty coffee shops are popping up, and is the continuity of an adventure the owners started years before on a rooftop terrace.
There’s something about Fridays in the metro—the streets fill up with cars and highways turn into parking lots. Checking the traffic report feels like a bloodbath from all the red lights indicative of heavy traffic. When you’re lucky enough, you get a short window of bearable traffic and that was the goal for the day. It's the small victories that count.
Luckily, we were able to catch Aeropress power couple Kaye and TJ Rocamora before the Friday madness. We asked them a couple of questions about their favorite beans and winning recipes as they did a final check on their luggage before their Iceland and Scandinavia adventure.
Just like that, we're fully funded on our Kiva campaign. We're humbled and grateful for the support all our friends and backers gave us for this fundraising. Thank you for making the start of 2017 awesome!
Last weekend the Kalsada Seattle team served this provacative drink at the underground Seattle fashion show of the season. Moksha hosted the event, converting their boutique that normally features unique South East Asian designs into a proper runway.
Complete with music composed by Jyun Jyun combined with projected mixed media pieces, and kick-ass models that doubled as dancers, Moksha took a fashion show, with a normally static format, and brought it into the realm of performance art.
I travelled to Auntie Ashtrine’s farm by way of a yellow-painted jeepney. It crawled up the asphalt ribbon that wrapped itself around the mountains of Baguio. Through the slit of a window across from me, an ocean of blue skies and green leaves spilled in every direction, an antithesis to the grit and bustle of Metro Manila. We were on our way to check up on the blueprint of the washing station, the focus of Kalsada’s Kickstarter campaign. It was my first time visiting the communities and farmers behind the coffee, and I couldn’t have been more exhilarated.
If you’re in Seattle this week, we hope you’ll join us at a special cupping event of the latest coffee from our farmer partners. We’ll be at Plank & Grain Furniture Co. in the Chinatown-International District this Friday evening. See you there!