An Israeli artist tastes, paints and shares her daily cup of coffee

Tel Aviv artist Ilanit Shamiya always leaves her apartment in Florentine for an Americano morning at a local café.

This morning habit is now part of a daily project, “Koret Bacafe,” or “Reading in the café,” a play of words in which cafés can mean both the brew and the establishment they serve.

Shamiya draws today’s cup of coffee (on her iPad), adds a quote – in English – from what she read that morning, and posts it on her Instagram account koret_bacafe.

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The artwork appeared Monday morning in an iridescent white mug from Stefan’s Austrian bakery, located on Tel Aviv’s Chernikosvsky Street, emblazoned with a quote from the magazine. Smithsonian on agri-food technology.

A few days ago, it was a ready cup—not Levantine’s favorite cup type—from Way Cup Coffee, with a quote from a National Public Radio report on a memorial in Oklahoma dedicated to Bob Dylan.

Shami’s daily coffee habit has turned into something like a blog about coffee, with hundreds of cups and quotes drawn over the past few months. Like many projects started by Shamiya, who trained at Bezalel, she never knows where it will lead.

One of the illustrations for “Court Bacafe” by Ilanit Shamieh (Credit: Courtesy Koret Bacafe)

“It’s a bit like morning meditation,” Shamiya says.

Or like a morning diary, but with her coffee and her favorite quote of the day.

Like many art projects right now, Koret Bacafe was born in the context of COVID-19, when Shamiya was finally able to return to her favorite neighborhood cafes after closing.

In her first post, she was sitting in a cafe with a flowered mug and newspaper. Ha’aretz Today, when she photographed the still life for Instagram, she commented, “Koret Bacafe. »

“I can’t believe anyone coined that phrase until now,” said Shamiya, who couldn’t find any hashtags or accounts associated with the term.

Her friends inspired her to do something with this idea, letting the pictured mugs take her on a day trip to the various cafes.

She now spends an hour or two every morning — but not Friday, her holy holiday — pulling out her cup of coffee and the quote of the day.

While her cafes are located mostly in Tel Aviv, with short trips to Jerusalem and Haifa, she’s found posting her morning coffee on Instagram connecting her to the global village, where cafes in Hong Kong or Italy follow her and share her drawing, often because of it. From articles she quotes and tags in her Instagram post.

“It’s about painting with emotion,” Shamiya said, reflecting on what makes this project so familiar to others. “Morning coffee is a celebration of happiness. You find your peace in that moment, and it captures your vibration throughout the day. And in a café, you are surrounded by people and you are on your own.”

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