In Your Cup

Espresso all day.

Coffee breaks.

Drinking coffee is sort of an international thing. As much as we think of places like Seattle as a coffee city, New Orleans isn’t far behind. Historically, most of South America’s coffee beans moved through the city, down in The Bywater. That’s changed, although there are a couple of major roasters and manufacturers still here. Just not near the river.

What we really have is more independent and regional coffee-houses per square inch than probably any other American city. Even the big ones, like New York.

Yeah, yeah.

Aside from Seattle, there’s Portland and maybe other West Coast cities. But, I’m pretty sure they don’t have the variety that we do. You could spend a couple of days wandering around each neighborhood in a highly caffeinated and wired state if you chose to. Y’all could correct me if you think my surface research is wrong. It probably is.

This all started because of a rather big news item. Nestle bought a big share of Starbucks. No, they didn’t buy the stores. They bought all of the  “shelf products” that you see in your grocery store. The pre-mixed drinks, the beans, the little tubes of instant coffee. They bought that. All of it. Pretty soon you’ll see little capsules of Starbucks coffee for Nespresso machines.  Those machines are great. The real Nespresso capsules can be a little pricy, but not compared to drinking coffee out. And, there are about a million independent coffee manufacturers who make pods for less money.


The picture. A lot of coffee is drunk in this house. Both inside and out. I thought that making a picture to document that might be a good idea. It seems that I’ve sort of moved from junk to things I see in everyday life. It’s also almost become a picture a day sort of thing. See something. Photograph it. Develop it. Post it.

Of course, I can never leave well enough alone. Years ago I created a whole set of coffee pictures. They generated good stock sales until everybody else did it. They were fairly straight forward. This time, I really want to make the pictures a little different. So, there’s plenty of work done in post production. And, a fairly radical crop is applied to the original. I added the frame because I didn’t want the image to drift off the page, while at the same time I didn’t want it to feel constrained. Then, there’s the type. Check it out.

Everything is just an experiment.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

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