Kaffee Museum

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2016/02/24

Cafè Badilatti is a coffee purveyor. In their building in Zuoz, sometimes the dreamy smell of coffee mingles with strains of live classical music. There is a cafe in the basement where there are performances, there is a lecture room upstairs, and my favorite: a lovely museum of beautiful old roasting and grinding implements.

I love their collection of old wrought iron and forged equipment.  From the most primitive hand hammered iron mills to impressive grand, large standing roasting machines from all over the world, you can travel through history: the Belle Epoque, the Roaring 20’s, the Deco 30’s, and WWI, the 1950’s, the swinging ’60s…

It is a marvel that through wartime, havoc, mayhem, social and political upheaval, people did sit down to brew a cup of coffee and imbibe.

kaffeemaschineDuring peak seasons, Café Badilatti offers lectures, as one of the Badilatti brothers is a scientist, a bird and plant specialist. For this month, a wonderful classical music trio of musicians from Hungary who play every weekday evening.  There is also a small cultural program.

A handmade zoetrope blends in with the roasting machines. You turn a crank, and coffee beans jitterbug, a Josephine Baker-like dancer shimmies over espresso cups, a coffee pot dances. I think this is their last season. I must go and inquire in my fractured German…

hello, Barista Uno, JED, Lee, my Kaffeeklatsch, and all coffee loving friends…!

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  1. tugster said, on 2016/02/24 at 09:41

    i had to go to the Cafe Badilatti website to learn more, and i notice they promote themselves as “high level roasted coffee,” which made me wonder how the beans get up there. i found a whole thread discussing the effects of transporting different states of beans by different means, like here: then i ran into a product called matterhorn coffee, using that “high level” suggestion again. here’s another link on freshness and transportation: as usual you start up a topic and i want to know a lot more.

  2. ws said, on 2016/02/24 at 10:16

    Maxwell House is good enough for me, or pekoe tea.
    Alas, Brooklyn Roasting Company took over The Navy Yard Cocktail Lounge on Flushing Avenue.
    That was a great place!
    There goes the neighborhood. I make picture:

  3. Rembert said, on 2016/02/24 at 12:41

    What a nice porfolio! I guess, the reason is, that coffee machines have those shapely forms in common with ships.

    But coffee? That brown stuff, you pour in, when your head threatens to sink to the desk? That uncontrolled drug, grown organic and traded fair at least, as this (nearly empty) box tells me? Nevertheless, thank you for explaining some more facts. So far I knew only, that those beans are an invention of nature, not Albert Hofmann / Switzerland.

    And I want to believe, that Badilattis beans are carried on top of the world by those strong little engines of Rhätische Bahn. They use these special food containers, to provide the Upper Engadine (“COOP”).

    And as Badilatti offers instant coffee, I even may become a customer (WS is not alone – most important quality criterion “Does not lump”). I even feel obliged to do so: Decades ago my parents stood outside “the” café of Zuoz, frozen all over, and were asked to come and get a good meal, far beyond the opening hours. And from its website I learn, that its friendly operators (or at least their grandchildren) are regular visitors of Indonesia!

  4. o docker said, on 2016/02/24 at 20:09

    Have the greatest confidence in the industrious Swiss to engineer a fresh cup of coffee at 1716 meters über Meer. If tunneling through 20 miles of Alp to build a road doesn’t phase them, they won’t be stopped by some silly coffee beans.

    ℌ𝔬𝔭𝔦𝔫𝔤 𝔶𝔬𝔲𝔯 𝔉𝔯𝔞𝔨𝔱𝔲𝔯-𝔢𝔡 𝔊𝔢𝔯𝔪𝔞𝔫 𝔤𝔢𝔱𝔰 𝔟𝔢𝔱𝔱𝔢𝔯 𝔰𝔬𝔬𝔫.

    • Rembert said, on 2016/02/25 at 05:49

      To talk “Fraktur” to somebody = coll. for: to talk (very, very) straight to sb..

      I can´t imagine Bowsprite with the spiked helmet. But why not, when it comes to saving Engadines coffee cultural heritage?

  5. Christine Van Lenten said, on 2016/02/25 at 09:48

    Beautiful! Am forwarding this to a coffee expert whose ancestors imported coffee in Philly. xxx

  6. Kevin Ross said, on 2016/02/25 at 13:33

    Ha! Loved your little tour of the beanery! L👀King forward very much to your next
    (far from NY Harbor) post! I hope all’s very well with you. It’s very entertaining to see you apply you endless curiosity and energy to such a broad ante of topics!😊

  7. tugster said, on 2016/02/25 at 15:55

    if you lived here– –in Rotterdam, you could grow coffee in yr house.

  8. said, on 2016/02/25 at 16:24

    Dear Bowsprite,

    I love seeing the world through your lens! I remember when you wanted to go to Africa (have I remembered that correctly?) to document people affected by piracy. Because we had both been involved with Mariner’s Action Group. You have an instinct for the truth and a drive to do something about it. And an artistic vision that interprets things – almost anything you see – in a lovely, truthful way. You are more precious than you may realize! I can’t imagine the world without you. (I’ll bet Barista Uno liked this post.)

  9. bluebrightly said, on 2016/02/28 at 13:56

    I’d love to see that place – and I’m enjoying these great drawings! I have a number of favorite indie coffee places in Seattle, some with on-site roasters. I remember another place on Vashon Island in Puget Sound that has some very old grinders on display – like those you drew. And great coffee and food, and books….gotta go back there!

  10. mageb said, on 2016/03/07 at 12:07

    I love all your notes, but best of all, you know I love your drawings. I love the way the ink wanders from black to brown on the one dip of the pen. I sorted my drawing things yesterday while thinking of you. My hand really wanted to leap on the pens after seeing this. 🙂

  11. mageb said, on 2016/04/14 at 09:21

    Today, I came back and enjoyed the images and notes all over again.

  12. ws said, on 2017/09/10 at 12:21

    Now Brooklyn Roasting Company is in Building #92!
    Like Macy’s and Gimbels, Brooklyn Roasting Company is Macy’s!

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