This project aims to celebrate those involved in the rich fabric that makes up London’s coffee community. From green buyers to baristas, it’s the people that make this scene such an accessible and friendly space. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, hanging out with, and photographing London’s movers and shakers in the coffee sphere – what a buzz it has been!
Having moved to London in 2012 and working in the industry myself for about 5 years, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the evolution in the city’s cafés. The global coffee community is still very small and you can be guaranteed to find a friend or two working on bar in almost every major city. Coffee has such a varied collection of people involved in it who are glad to welcome you into their spaces, which is what has kept me going back to many cafés.
In this series, I’ve been able to photograph fine folks from places such as Rosslyn Coffee, Omotesando, and Kiss the Hippo to name just a few. The individual contributions these people give are what makes the coffee experience such a delight. These little interactions are so powerful and invite outsiders to tap into the coffee world, one cup at a time.
This project was photographed on medium format black and white film, then developed at home with an alternative process called caffenol, which uses coffee as one of its active ingredients.
How does coffee develop film? Caffeic acid is the essential part, however the pH in coffee is too acidic to be useful as a developer. The mixture is made alkaline by adding sodium carbonate, which is a much stronger modifier than baking soda.