Mix Masters

(Oryx, Qatar Airways’ inflight mag) “When it comes to architecture, it’s eclectic and home to a mix of styles, just like Argentina, which is home to a mix of nationalities.” Architect Jorge Zatloukal, partner at Estudio Zatloukal, is defining Buenos Aires’ look. Such design diversity – embracing colourful tenement houses, glorious Belle Époque mansions, the […]

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CAUCA, Colombia — Plenty of positive coffee-related stories are coming out of Colombia; this one, however, pre-dates the start of November 2016’s peace process. The meeting-place has been set but for our own safety, we won’t be gathering at Luis Fernando’s homestead in the department of Cauca. Instead, this group of journalists and a team […]

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CAUCA, Colombia — The landscape that makes up Colombia’s fourth-largest coffee-producing department wildly varies from that of Paraná and São Paulo states in south-west Brazil (Buenos Aires Herald, July 7 and July 14, 2017). Scattered across a rolling altitude that soars up to 2,100 metres above sea level, Cauca has the Andes to thank for […]

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JACAREZINHO and SÃO PAULO — Did you accept my suggestion and try your daily caffeine injection naked: no milk, no cream, no sugar or sweetener? Any surprises beyond the aromas of actual coffee? When it comes to cupping, or tasting, coffee, it’s a complex ritual. Preparation is elaborate and assessment involves more than a simple […]

Wake up and smell the coffee

PARANÁ, Brazil — “When people think of Brazilian coffee, they think of a dark-roasted drink but the truth is, that heavy roasting covers up a lot of defects, starting with the fact that unripe beans are being used. We’re trying to change that perception, microlot by microlot.” Former diplomat Edgard Bressani, a co-founder from boutique […]

C’mon baby light my Fayer

BUENOS AIRES — The hummus is so sexy it’s blushing, and the bar and kitchen are equally alluring. The latest ‘new Jew’ dining concept from chef Tomás Kalika, don’t fumble around: go straight to fifth base and let Mishiguene Fayer set you aflame. When Tomás opened Mishiguene (Buenos Aires Herald, November 16, 2014), a kitchen […]

Cinematic spirit: Singani63’s new label design

(Wallpaper*) TARIJA, BOLIVIA – Film director Steven Soderbergh and Hollywood concept artist Joanna Bush have given Soderbergh’s Singani63 spirit brand a cinematic redesign. Singani is a little-known Bolivian spirit made from aromatic Muscat of Alexandria grapes distilled at altitude, in Soderbergh’s case at Casa Real distillery, 1,800m above sea level. He wanted the new design […]

Sea gauchos surf Africa

(Buenos Aires Herald) After embarking on and documenting several surfing expeditions around Latin America, Joaquín and Julián Azulay’s latest film-making project has taken them on a more ambitious adventure: surfing around Africa. Spending several weeks at a time living out of a converted ambulance, the brothers are currently in Senegal, Julián at the wheel, while […]