Artsy Fartsy Coffee

I'm a big believer that you can express your artistic side and bring creativity to whatever career or field you end up in. My big sisty, Jen, has been a barista for years. From The Coffee Plant in downtown Portland, Or., to the primary branch of Ritual Coffee Roasters in San Francisco’s Mission District, to her latest venture - a new location of Ritual that she manages in Napa, CA's Oxbow Farmers Market, I've always noticed that she uses her profession as an artistic outlet. Jen is an amazing artist to begin with, but she can also make some seriously impressive espresso dranks. She and her talented barista friends have made me some pretty darn beautiful lattes over the years. Sadly [massive fail on my part], I have never taken any photos of said lattes, so sisty directed me to some flickr sites of coffee nerds we know - photos below...


PhotoCred: Steve Ford @





PhotoCred for last four: Chris Baca @


I miss the West Coast for many reasons, but the quality coffee shops and roasters top the list.


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