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Coffee time...

Coffee time...
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Copyright: Stephen Wilkinson (wilkinsonsg) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 116 W: 4 N: 162] (3819)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-06
Categories: Event
Camera: Olympus E1, 50mm Olympus Zuiko F/2 Macro
Exposure: f/16, 30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Coffees of the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-07 19:15
Viewed: 4798
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 73
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Coffee Time...

First known discovery of coffee berries. Legend of goat herder Kaldi of Ethiopia who notices goats are friskier after eating red berries of a local shrub. Experiments with the berries himself and begins to feel happier.

The first coffee trees are cultivated on the Arabian peninsula. Coffee is first roasted and boiled by Arabs making "qahwa" --- a beverage made from plants.

The worlds first coffee shop opens in Constantinople.

Coffee enters Europe through the port of Venice. The first coffeehouse opens in Italy in 1654.

Coffee is introduced to the New World by Captain John Smith, founder of Virginia at Jamestown... Some Canadian historians claim it arrived in previously settled Canada.

The first coffeehouse opens in England. Coffeehouses are called "penny universities" (a penny is charged for admission and a cup of coffee). Edward Lloyd's coffeehouse opens in 1688. It eventually becomes Lloyd's of London, the world's best known insurance company. The word “TIPS” is coined in an English coffee house: A sign reading “To Insure Prompt Service” (TIPS) was place by a cup. Those desiring prompt service and better seating threw a coin into a tin.

The opening of the first Parisian cafe dedicated to serving coffee. In 1713, King Louis XIV is presented with a coffee tree. It is believed that sugar was first used as an additive in his court.

The Dutch become the first to transport and cultivate coffee commercially. Coffee is smuggled out of the Arab port of Mocha and transported to Ceylon and East Indies for cultivation.

The Brazilian coffee industry gets its start from seedlings smuggled out of Paris.

The prototype of the first espresso machine is created in France.

A process of using natural gas and hot air becomes the most popular method of roasting coffee.

The first commercial espresso machine is manufactured in Italy.

The invention of the worlds first drip coffeemaker. Melitta Bentz makes a filter using blotting paper.

Dr. Ernest Illy develops the first automatic espresso machine.

Nescafé instant coffee is invented by the Nestlé company as it assists the Brazilian government in solving its coffee surplus problem.

Achilles Gaggia perfects the espresso machine with a piston that creates a high pressure extraction to produce a thick layer of crema.

Coffee is the worlds most popular beverage. More than 400 billion cups are consumed each year. It is a world commodity that is second only to oil.

Time line taken from the following web site.


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Intresting note Stephen !
And a very tasteful picture, well suited for the the occasion ;) Warmly lit, well detailed.
Throw a way the watch, grind the coffee :)
Now let's see what other contestants have in (coffee-)store.

(PS seems a bit early though, your date says 2006-02-07...)

Nicely composed macro shot Stephen. Crisp image showing great detail.


Nicely composed macro shot Stephen. Crisp image showing great detail.

excellent entry Stephen :)
i think yours is the first :)

well composed shot, good idea with the watch
the details looks great, you did well to minimise the reflections from the watch

  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2006-02-07 20:55]

Excellent entry Stephen. I like this composition with the watch and the great historical notes that goes together. the colors and sharpness are excellent. Very well done.
I still need to wait 3 hours before I'm allowed to send mine. I'll do so tomorrow morning.
Sorry my back of goodies is empty.

Not only a great shot, a great macro shot and an untampered with shot (PP? What PP?) but we get an appropriate history lesson as well! Good thinking.
I like it very much and I hope that your efforts are rewarded.
You are the first entry as far as I am aware but I have yet to cruise the gallery.
Stand by for a vote or two in your favour ;)


molto bene..

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  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2006-02-07 21:46]

Brown,brown,brown! The light is absolutely beautiful! Very nice composition and great notes.Quebec,where I live, was founded in 1608 and Canada in 1534.I guess that the coffee arrived in North America in the sixteen hundreds with the arrival of the French and English people coming from Europe! Michel

Hello Stephen perfect composition and technicaly perfect photo. Could easily use it commercially or for our own pleasure.Thank you it is on my screen saver.

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  • Seena Gold Star Critiquer [C: 70 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-02-08 0:03]

Good composition! hope to see more of your fine work :)

The story of coffee in prime!
What i like about your presentation is... The watch fit very well the coffee beans. With her simple tissu in natural fimer and basic metallic body, it's work very well! Good work!

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2006-02-08 0:45]

Excel composition. Colors harmonizes some with the subject. Interesting textures. I smell coffee . What a good idea to include a watch, your note becomes even more relevant! That's why, I like much this photograph. Well done! Annie

Another excellent entry. Classic and elegant. Details and light just about right. Very good work with an equally good note. TFS

Hello Stephen,

Outstanding!!! The browns are lovely and your lighting very pleasing and well done. Excellent sharpness throughout the whole composition, the details are superb. Very professional looking! Great job!

Love and Peace always!

  • drymd29 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1146 W: 242 N: 659] (7658)
  • [2006-02-08 2:53]

Prof dsiplay! Warm and smelling; beautyful close taken!
Good work; very competative.
Thanks Stephen

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2006-02-08 4:07]

Mmmm, superbe warm browns !!!

  • jacojvr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 566 W: 154 N: 530] (4023)
  • [2006-02-08 4:16]

Good photo, lovely tones,

good luck!


Awesome composition, nice lighting and colour Stephen. Splendid notes.



Nice composition!
Good colors, congratulations!!


best picture received till now in coffe challenge !!!

well ... today at leas i would say that it's coffee day ;o)
i love these coffee time moments :o)
ili :o)

Great image, Stephen! Great composition, perfect sharpness, perfect light! Nice work!

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2006-02-08 14:45]

EXCELLENT !!!!!!!!... I like it very much !!

Creative, well composed, and eyecatching...

and great idea with the notes...

Good Luck..

I alway find time for a cup and if not with someone then alone. My regular dosage is 4 cups per day but at days I over do it :)
Great shot with a nice blend of similar colours. Intersting time-line

Nice job with the various elements, which blend together nicely. Lighting is good (different!) as well.

Gayle :)

Hello Stephen
Great idea very well carried out! Composition is great, with colours and details to match... Excellent note, all very well done!
Pablo -

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  • dada Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 46 N: 382] (6560)
  • [2006-02-09 7:14]



great Stephen! mmmmmmmmm I can smell it:DDD

I love this one! congratulations!

Interesting note.
Good shot, nice colours and detail is great too.

Excellent sharpness,Well compose and very educational Note.Wel Done.

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  • freddd Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 322 W: 47 N: 77] (1909)
  • [2006-02-09 23:26]

Beautiful use of light. And I know it has been said before, but the sharpness is just incredible. I don't know how you can achieve that with the TL format limit...

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  • runs Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 71 W: 12 N: 22] (347)
  • [2006-02-10 15:27]

Hi Stephen,

Nice composition with the watch on coffee. Very good sharpness and framing. Well Done !

Regards, François

Technically this image gets a 10/10! I love it. Colour and mood plays a vital role here and you accentuated it very good. However, on all the advertisements of watches, I see the time set to 10 past 10, but not in yours - have you ever noticed it in adverts?

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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1134 W: 420 N: 1093] (6670)
  • [2006-02-11 14:40]

Very creative and original shot Stephen ..excellent work !!


Hi Stephen - my daugther freaked out on your entry. I don't know how I missed it. The golden light on the beans is devine - your choice of watch is awesome (not my word) and the choice of border is just perfect. A good competitor :-))
Mukesh and Ankita

Hi Stephen, this shot is amazing. The focus and exposure are PERFECT!

Good luck !

See you on TL, Marie-José

super note Stephen your photo is very well done, with excellent taste great light and composition.


very nice coffee watch
I like the colours you choice
well done

The light is amazing. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you. One of my top 3.

Excellent result... congratulations. The lighting is supurb!

  • Biance- Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 517 W: 80 N: 29] (165)
  • [2006-03-10 23:47]

Interesting note and composition. I've always been a fan of the colour brown, so I obviously like the photo. I like the soft change of colour on the surface. adds onto the coffee appeal. What more too say? Just looks good, and the note is really interesting, I've never thought of coffee in that depth. Lovely work. :)


Very nice composition!


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  • amm Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 219 W: 30 N: 85] (634)
  • [2006-07-11 12:14]

Remarquable travail Stephen! Tout y est parfait : compo, détails, netteté, jeux d'ombre et de lumière, reflets, chaleur des tons présents, le cadre en harmonie! Et puis la note explicative, extra!
PS : que représente le symbole dans le coin inférieur gauche?


felicidades bellisima composición gran idea


contraste et couleur super l'ensemble armonieux HNE l'angle de prise de vue Bien réfléchis.bravo.
Bonne journée Marilène.

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