A rather caffeinated Burl of Burls Art decided to build for himself a guitar made out of 5,000 coffee beans. As with his other builds, Burl encased the beans in resin, carefully cut out the body of the guitar, connected the neck, and inserted the electronics. He also created a gorgeous headstock veneer out of copper sheeting and gave the guitar a warm, copper color that matched the beans. Additionally, the guitar itself has the aroma of coffee.
As far as the guitar goes I think it came out looking pretty awesome. The shape is like a modified Explorer.
One thing I’m sure a lot of you are wondering is why I didn’t flood coat the top and bottom of the guitar to give it a perfect finish. I gave it some consideration but it’s not every day that I build a guitar that smells this good if you’re within like 10 feet of this guitar you can smell it.
It was also kind of nice just building it because the shop smelled like coffee all the time. I wanted to keep that aspect of this guitar.
Coffee lovers, here’s something to be grateful about. Unlike paper towels, disinfectant or yeast, coffee has never been hard to find during the pandemic.
It has remained widely available on supermarket shelves even though COVID-19 has been particularly bad in some of the world’s largest coffee growing nations. Brazil, which has recorded more cases than any nation other than the United States, is the world’s top producer of coffee. India, Mexico and Colombia all rank in the top ten globally for both COVID cases and coffee production. Other major coffee exporters including Peru and Uganda have found themselves cut off by border closures and lockdowns.
“It’s natural to think that the harvesting of the coffee crops may be disrupted or perhaps badly disrupted,” says Steven Hurst, a coffee trader based in London. “But quite honestly and quite frankly, we’ve seen relatively little, if any, evidence of that.”
For Peru, there are no international flights, and many coffee regions only recently began to have domestic air service. Lockdowns have been very strict, yet cases have been some of the highest in the world. The bigger exporters & Cooperatives with previous contracts have been doing well, but the small farmers that have no long term commitments are suffering.
For us, it meant no trip to Peru this summer, and uncertainty as to when we’ll be able to return.
Drug dealers are always looking for ingenious ways to get their products past checkpoints, and sometimes they exhibit some truly outside-the-box thinking. The attention of Italian customs officers at Malpensa Airport was recently drawn by a small package from Colombia to a man named Santino D’Antonio.
If you’re not an action flick buff, that name most likely means nothing to you, but if you’re a fan of John Wick movies starring Keanu Reeves, you probably recognize it as the name of the mafia boss and main antagonist in John Wick 2. Luckily, the officers recognized the name, and decided to inspect the package more thoroughly…
This may be why when we import coffee, we have to pay for a contraband exam… The best part of waking up?
An unintended consequence of the virus-induced recession, lockdowns, and people working from home is a massive demand shift from expensive coffee beans, commonly found at Starbucks, and called arabica, to cheap beans, found in instant coffee, called robusta.
The shift in coffee demand is bad news for Starbucks, that’s why it announced, last month, over 400 stores will be closing in the next 18 months. The world’s largest coffeehouse must shrink its corporate footprint as the economy evolves to where workers are staying home and are reducing costs to weather the economic storm.
The shift in demand is being seen in surging Robusta coffee prices on ICE. In the last 19 sessions, September contracts have gone parabolic, up 19%, hitting 1,363 on Thursday morning, or a six month high.
The latest upswing in prices is because the virus-induced recession is “prompting a shift in consumption toward cheaper, instant coffee blends,” reported Reuters.