Coffee sits in the background of some of the most important moments in our lives: the first time we told new friends we’d like to get to know them better, a second date, a business meeting, a passion project completed, a time we caught up with long-lost loved ones after years apart. More than anything else, coffee is tied to a sense of place and a sense of community.
Drift is about coffee, the people who drink it, and the cities they inhabit. Our collection of writers and photographers, alongside coffee shop owners, baristas, street cart vendors, and patrons, capture a glimpse of what it’s like to drink coffee in a city at the time the magazine is printed. Each issue highlights a different city.
It’s about wandering the streets aimlessly, cup of coffee in hand, and learning more about what a place has to offer, whether you’ve been there for 25 minutes or 25 years. Coffee helps us chart the geography of our cities. It’s about seeing those cities with fresh eyes, as visitors or long-time residents, and trying to understand what makes them tick.
Volume 8: London
The British capital has become an unlikely hotbed for a rapidly evolving coffee scene, absorbing diverse influences from its increasingly diverse citizenry. Home to deeply entrenched tea culture, the development of the city mirrors the development of its booming coffee scene. As the younger generation welcomes coffee traditions from Brooklyn, Melbourne, Turkey, and more, London, home of the royal family, iconic red phone booths, and double-decker buses, grapples with its identity. In this issue, we explore how tea-crazy London went mad for coffee and how its integration of international coffee-savvy experts is changing as Brexit looms. Featuring potters, flat white-pouring Aussies, refugees, and expats, Volume 8 holds a magnifying glass to London, England.
Drift: London includes:
How a tea nation became coffee-obsessed in the first place
How London’s affinity for newness led to rampant pop-up culture
Photo essay of London bikers queueing for their morning cups
How roasters in England are rewriting the script on responsible sourcing
How public transport and coffee fuel the global capital
DETAILS 160 pages, offset-printed and perfect bound, full-colour on uncoated paper. Carbon neutral printing. No ads. ISBN-13: 9780999881224
We also have a limited stock of Volume 7: San Francisco, Volume 6: Mexico City and Volume 5: Melbourne.
Volume 7: San Francisco
This issue contains stories about San Francisco, its coffee, and the people who drink it. For our seventh issue, we hear from dozens of locals, shop owners, roasters, patrons, entrepreneurs, writers, and photographers about what it's like to drink coffee in the Bay.
Perpetual fog, chilly mornings, and a diverse population of creative-thinkers - San Francisco is one of the most compelling places to drink coffee right now. This hilly city has one of the United States' highest concentration of independent coffee shops - an outgrowth of the entrepreneurial spirit in the Bay. It's what cemented San Francisco's reputation as one of the coffee capitals of the country. But those pioneering small players have become mammoth, and it's been over a decade since their hay-day. As a new generation of tech-obsessed coffee-drinkers are reshaping the city's neighbourhoods at a rapid clip, this issue of Drift explores what happens now.
Drift, San Francisco guides us from Thailand to Italy, and peers into the not-so-distant future, as we take a magnifying glass to see what makes San Francisco's coffee scene tick.
Drift, San Francisco includes
The origin of the Kalita Wave
Why San Franciscans wait in line
How surf culture has creates a swell of shops
A visual guide of the city's iconic coffees, including the Snowy Plover, Cherry Bomb, Irish Coffee
Details: 160 pages, offset-printed and perfect bound, full colour on uncoated paper. Carbon neutral printing. No Ads. ISNB-13: 9780999881200
Volume 6: Mexico City
This issue contains stories about Mexico City, its coffee, and the people who drink it. For our sixth issue, we hear from dozens of locals, shop owners, roasters, patrons, entrepreneurs, writers, and photographers about what it’s like to drink coffee in Mexico City. One of the largest and most populous cities in the world, Mexico City is one of the most compelling places to drink coffee right now. This sprawling, frenetic city has easy access to Mexico’s coffee plantations. But only recently has that coffee made it into the capital’s cafes. While specialty cafe owners are embracing this resource, a new generation of coffee-drinkers are reshaping the city’s neighborhoods at a rapid clip. And both are finding a new coffee-drinking identity that continues Mexico’s long history of coffee-growing and drinking traditions.
Drift, Mexico City guides us from China to New York, from the Aztecs to the future, as we take a magnifying glass to what makes Mexico City’s coffee scene tick.
Drift: Mexico City includes:
An in-depth look at the coffee co-op economy;
A photo glossary of essential Mexican pastries;
An essay about how the Chinese immigrants in Mexico City have influenced one of the city’s most important cafes;
A story about a female motorcycle gang;
An in-depth look at the disease ravaging plantations across the country;
A photo series dedicated to Mexico City residents waiting for their morning cups;
An interview with artists approaching the coffee industry through design;
DETAILS 160 pages, offset-printed and perfect bound, full-colour on uncoated paper. Carbon neutral printing. No ads. ISBN-13: 9780986296284
Volume 5: Melbourne
This issue contains stories about Melbourne, its coffee, and the people who drink it. For the fifth issue of Drift we hear from dozens of locals, shop owners, roasters, patrons, entrepreneurs, writers, and photographers about what it’s like to drink coffee in Melbourne.
The capital of Victoria is flush with cafes, boasting one of the highest concentrations of coffee shops per capita in the world. Home of the flat white and avocado toast, this unsuspecting epicentre of the coffee world is at a crossroads, as its most towering figures take what they’ve learned to enterprises overseas, and leave the Australian city to recalibrate its identity.
Drift, Melbourne guides us from Italy to Bali to New York, from 19th-century pioneers to the future, as we take a magnifying glass to what makes Melbourne’s coffee scene tick.
Drift: Melbourne includes:
A look into Australian cafe culture, including the health-conscious dishes that have emerged from it, such as avocado toast and chia seed pudding;
Photo essay of the city’s famous graffiti artists;
How refugees seeking asylum in Melbourne are trained to be baristas at one of the city’s best shops;
Tracing the history of the Keep Cup and environmental sustainability;
A photo series dedicated to Melbourne office workers queueing for their morning cups;
A profile of an artist building and refurbishing espresso machines;
How Melbourne’s Italian community laid the groundwork for the city’s ascendancy to coffee shop Mecca;
DETAILS: 160 pages, offset-printed and perfect bound, full colour on uncoated paper. Carbon neutral printing. No ads. ISBN-13: 9780986296260
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