PHOTO BY KELSEY SNELL
neighborhood—that microcosm of individuals. And baristas are great
ambassadors for the place."
This is why Caffeine Crawl hinges on the participation of cafés
and their creativity with coffee—because baristas make good
drinks, but they also color an unknown city or scene and tell us
how to walk in their shoes and experience it. "And whether you
choose to talk to the barista or not, you can at least watch, study
and learn," said Burton. "There is this kind of cool community
that happens. A lot of it has to do with comfort. A café becomes a
Up next for Caffeine Crawl: international tours and craft-beer
events. See www.caffeinecrawl.com for a schedule and ticketing.
We define a location by its people, language, architecture, neighborhoods, and foodways combined; they form holistic London or
Hong Kong. All of these elements collide in cafés—the hum of voices, the design on the rug, the scones in the pastry case—to create
the terroir, the taste, of the place.