Driven to Espresso: Drive-through Coffee Stands in the Northwest

If you think coffee culture is cool, you have come to the right place. I have loads of information and opinions to share about espresso in the Pacific Northwest, especially the drive-through phenomenon.

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Google results for Driven to Espresso

I was overwhelmed with the number of websites that have advertised my book already. This availability is a result of having a national distributor--Bookmasters, in my case. Considering the book has not been printed yet, I am amazed at how many places list it. Here's the list of URLs that I came up with (not including my own website and this blog, of course):

Monday, March 09, 2009

Subscribing to this blog

Did you know you can subscribe to this blog as an RSS feed? (you can) Do you know how?

If you already know about RSS feeds, you can scroll down this page and look for "Subscribe to posts [atom]" on the left column. Click "Atom" and you'll see the RSS feed version of this blog -- or in Safari, just click the RSS icon in the address bar at the top of this window. One way to view RSS feeds of this blog is to just add a bookmark for that page just as you would add any bookmark and put the bookmark where it's convenient.

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Friday, March 06, 2009

Thank you Gourmet Latte!

I was at a coffee stand taking a photo of myself for the back flap of my book (this one), and wound up talking on the phone and then through email with the stand owner about my book. She gave me such a great reaction to the book, I thought I'd share it with you. Here is what Karissa, who owns Gourmet Latte (picture on page 2 of my book) had to say:

"Wow Ray. You just did a fantastic job. I looked though the entire book. Something I almost never do, honestly. It was easy and interesting; just how a table top book should be. Nice little tid bits to think about. The photography is phenomenal. An eclectic mix for sure. You really did it. You captured it. 

On a side note, love how you make the readers aware of the small business person's heart and struggle. It's really a business for those who are in love with the idea/concept of being connected with their customers and being their own boss."

Monday, March 02, 2009

Early reviews

Driven to Espresso has received some early review comments from individuals in both the photographic community and the coffee industry. I am thrilled with their encouraging response!

Kent Bakke, CEO of La Marzocco (makers of some of the most highly-regarded espresso machines in the world)--"Thank you Ray for creating this book! I appreciate your skillful capturing of this memorable part of our Northwest espresso culture and history. It is a compelling documentary of our quirky and passionate fascination with espresso coffee and its many venues in the Northwest."

Ann Pallesen, Gallery Director, Photographic Center Northwest--"Somebody had to do it. Driven to Espresso is a wonderful portrait of the NW’s commitment to coffee lovers. It’s an endearing documentary that depicts the absurdity of the region's vice— which inevitably had to be recorded. Ray Wiesgerber is the dedicated photographer, who carefully compiled a representation of the NW culture’s need for espresso through his descriptive photographs of the most strikingly odd and quirky espresso joints. This documentary project is a well-rounded view of what you’ll find on the outskirts of the city. Me, personally? I’m a transplant in the NW’s coffee world. One of my first jobs in Seattle was as a barista in downtown Seattle. I’ll never forget that period of my life—waking up at 4 a.m., jumping out of bed in shock, throwing on my clothes, running down the street in the dark, in the rain, to catch the bus. 14 years later, I’m immune to the high number of coffee shops within arms reach, it’s the norm. It’s when I leave the region that I find myself shocked at the lack of availability of a quality coffee drink, and I start searching for the nearest Starbucks, online. I feel lucky to be a part of the NW Coffee Culture and don’t mind a bit if others view us as crazed coffee snobs. Ray’s photographs reveal that we have something really special going on here."