Musings about the Suspended in Pink Raffle.
Thanks to Marthe Le Van's recent article, I have been thinking about the 'Suspended in Pink' raffle.
Here is an extract:
"As a retail storeowner and salesperson, the raffle felt amateurish, gimmicky, and a bit desperate—like when I heard about Facebook for the first time. Ultimately, after reconciling all my perspectives, I believe there is much to applaud in the Suspended in Pink raffle. It feels fresh and innovative, optimistic and courageous, liberating and democratic—all worthy consequences pointing toward progress"
Now, I have no problem at all about an idea of mine being compared to the early Facebook- and I am the first to admit the visuals, practicalities and how the raffle is presented still needs some work!
Most raffles are devised as a means of fundraising, to enable an exhibition, event etc... Seen by the Borax Collective , Handshake Jewellery and an American Art Jewellery group ( i am sure there are many many more).
And as Le Van notices, through her many astute questions, fundraising is not the aim of the 'Suspended in Pink' Raffle...
So what is it? and WHY should you take part?
I go to many many exhibitions every year. But As a wanna-be collector, I have only three small pins.I dont want a specially designed brooch with a groups logo on it, a sample piece or a bunch of postcards as a consolation prize- I want THE piece.
I want to own Silke Fleischer's amazing necklace and Sam Hamilton's 'Bread' Like brooch.
As a practitioner is who interested in engagement and audience interaction, I am always looking for ways to get my audience to wear the jewellery, understand it, and imagine owning it- and that, in my view, is the real strength of the 'Suspended in Pink' raffle.
So the idea of raffling off one of the jewellery pieces from the Suspended in Pink Exhibition seemed an obvious idea.
But its more then that.... Once a viewer decides they wish to take part in the raffle, they then can spend up to an hour, going through the exhibition, trying on the jewellery, comparing, assessing, deciding which item THEY would take home.
Deciding which piece of jewellery spoke out the most to them.
And this was then the piece that they would then bet on.
Maybe they would win it, maybe not- but for £5/€6/$8 it seems like a worth while experience to have- the experience of wearing and imagining that favourite piece of jewellery which YOUR ticket could win you....
And here is the good news- the odds of winning in this raffle are actually really high!
Only a small number of people have guessed the same names, and there are a number of exhibitors who's name has not been guessed yet-
So you have a real chance of winning....
All you have to do is email:
with: your name, the name of the artist who you want to win-
And to send payment of £5/€6/$8 by paypal to:
The winner is announced this Autumn!
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Kopi Luwak ( Luwak Coffee / Civet Coffee )
An Indonesian Island Treasure
Excerpts taken from a special article in Cafe Olé Magazine
by Chris Rubin
Some coffee varieties have earned a special reputation, often based on a combination of rarity, unusual circumstances and particularly good flavor. These coffees, from Jamaican Blue Mountain to Kona to Tanzanian Peaberry, command a premium price.
But the rarity, unique flavors and interesting background of Kopi Luwak are unlikely to be matched by an other. Its price is unmatched as well: Kopi Luwak wholesales for about $110 per pound, unroasted.
Kopi is the Indonesian word for coffee. Kopi Luwak comes from the islands of Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi (formerly Celebes), which are part of the Indonesian Archipelago's 13,677 islands. (Only 6,000 of these islands are inhabited.)
But it's not strictly the exotic location that makes these beans worth their weight in silver. It's how they're "processed."
On these Indonesian islands, there's a small marsupial called the paradoxurus, a tree-dwelling animal that is a kind of civet. These catlike animals were long regarded as pests because they would climb in the coffee trees and eat only the ripest, reddest coffee cherries.
What these animals eat, they also digest and eventually excrete. Some brazen or desperate locals gathered the beans, which come through the digestion process fairly intact, still wrapped in layers of the coffee cherry mucilage. Apparently the enzymes in the stomach of the animal add something unique to the coffee's flavor through fermentation.
This "harvesting" practice has grown to the point that the beans are now available for sale, and they are now the world's priciest specialty coffee. Japan buys the bulk of Kopi Luwak, but M.P. Mountanos Inc., the first importer in the United States to bring in this rare bean, just imported 70 kilos after a seven-year search for a reliable and stable supplier.
``It's the rarest beverage in the world", according to M.P. Mountanos President Mark Mountanos.
Richard Karno, owner of The Novel Café in Santa Monica, California, got a flyer from Mountanos' about Kopi Luwak and "thought it was a joke." But Richard was intrigued, found it was for real, and ordered a pound for a tasting.
He sent out releases to the local press and invited them to a cupping. When no one responded, he roasted it and held a cupping for himself and his employees.
Richard is a very enthusiastic convert to Kopi Luwak. " It's the best coffee I've ever tasted. It's really good, heavy with
a caramel taste, heavy body. It smells musty and junglelike green, but it roasts up real nice. The Los Angeles Times didn't come to our cupping, but they ran a bit in their food section, which hit the AP wire service." Richard and the folks at M.P. Mountanos have been inundated with calls ever since.
Mark Mountanos calls Kopi Luwak "the most complex coffee I've ever tasted," attributing this complexity to the natural fermentation it undergoes in the paradoxurus' digestive system. The stomach acids and enzymes the beans ferment in have a very different affect than fermenting beans in water.
Mark says, "It has a little of everything pleasurable in all coffees: earthy, musty tone, the heaviest bodied I've ever tasted. It's almost syrupy, and the aroma is very unique." While it won't be turning up in every neighborhood café any day soon, Mark reports that Starbucks bought some for cuppings within the company.
In fact, most of Mountanos' customers have bought it for special cuppings.
Owner of The Coffee Critic, Linda Nederman carries Kopi Luwak in her Ukiah, California, store. Linda says that most of the people who try it are longtime customers of The Critic, and they're "game to try something different and unusual. I've never had anybody complain; they all seem to feel it's worth the price."
Linda also carries Jamaica Blue Mountain, Burundi Superior AA and Brazil FVA Natural Dry, so her customers are used to fine and exotic coffees. Still, she reports, many are afraid to try Kopi Luwak.
Intrigued by the hype, I drove out to the Los Angeles warehouse of M.P. Mountanos to cup some Kopi with company broker Andrew Vournas.
The green beans, which range in size from tiny to elephant, have a faint smell that hints of a zoo or stables. He lightly roasted about 21 grams, enough for three cups, in a jabez Burns two-barrel sample roaster, a rare and beautiful machine dating from the 1930s.
Andrew gave the beans a light roast* — just after the second popping — to accentuate the specific flavors of this rare coffee; a darker roast would obliterate the subtler flavors and replace this coffee, like most Indonesians, has lots of moisture and roasts nicely.
Andrew mixed 7 grams of the coarsely ground beans with 4 ounces of water in each of three cups.
The aroma was rich and strong, and the coffee was incredibly full bodied, almost syrupy. It was thick, with a hint of chocolate, and lingered on the tongue with a long, clean aftertaste.
It was definitely one of the best cups I've every had; but at these prices, I'll invest in precious metals before I start buying by the pound.
Coffee! highly caffeinated beverage ecstasy ranked second this world, one level below the white water in terms of consumption. No fewer than two million people every day drinker, coffee became the third largest primary commodity below, oil and gas.
Brazil, known as the largest coffee producing country in the world. The country is supplying two thirds, or about 67.77% in terms of exporting coffee. Next is the country of Kenya. Country located in eastern Africa relies on coffee as its main commodity.
Sumatra coffee is of superior varieties from Indonesia. At planting in the uplands, making it a sharp aroma, strong and slightly acidic. Sumatra coffee is what is the type of material in the manufacture of goods or any Espresso Doppio (double espresso) that has a strong aroma of black, eliminating drowsiness.
While the latter is Luwak Coffee.
Many people who doubted this crate for fermentation. However, researchers in Canada's research proves, that the protein content in the Luwak's stomach, making the beans ferment and mature more perfect. Thus, the resulting taste much better and solid than coffee - coffee the other.
However, as the saying goes. Dogs barking khafilah passed, Luwak Coffee has entered into a list of the most enjoyable coffee and the most wanted. The price in the world market soared. 635 U.S. dollars must be spent to get one kg of coffee Luwak. In America alone, for Luwak coffee tasting, we had to spend 50 U.S. dollars, when in the rupiah exchange rate, prices range from approximately 400-500 thousand rupiah. ONLY FOR ONE CUP! is equivalent to the price of two ribs Toni Romas, who sepiringnya worth 200 thousand. Figures are fantastic just to sip a cup of coffee.
It seemed, when talking about Luwak coffee, people are no longer talking about myth. Myth or not, Luwak coffee from Indonesia is already a go-international, and holds a degree as the most expensive coffee and weirdest in the world.
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