Coffee + Photography // Indaba Downtown Spokane, WA

Coffee and photography are two of my biggest loves. Mixing them, is something I try to do every day. Bobby Enslow has brought a new vision of excellence to the life of Spokane's Downtown coffee scene and I'm going to layout the details of the shop, and talk a little VSCO.

With the mixture of renovated, old brick, and clean, bright wood, Indaba has opened up an all new shop sporting the all new Mod-Bar espresso system. A completely computerized, under-the-counter system manages the water, heat, and pressure for the espresso and steam, so all that’s seen on the counter is an elegant set of mirror-shine taps for portafilters and steam, and the coffee is amazing. We... I can geek out about the tech under the counter, but what it's used for is really all that counts. These new machines give Indaba's baristas an unbelievable amount of precision in producing some of the best espresso I've ever tasted. From the brightest of Kenyan coffees, to the earthiest of Ethiopias, every bit of flavor is brought to life in perfect balance.  

We were able to check out the new system and gorgeous location at the latest Thursday Night Throwdown, latte art competition. Baristas, roasters, and customers alike were able to try their hand at pouring the best latte art, behind the counter of this brilliant, new coffee bar.

In a dark room with shiny, metal products, and tons of steam, the nifty fifty is the first lens I go for. There are two huge, soft can lights directly above the counter, and this made for absolutely beautiful light falling on the art happening below. 

My two favorite films right now are Kodak Portra 800 + and Kodak T-Max 3200 + from VSCO FILM 01. Portra 400 is such an influential color film, today, and I love how contrasty the 800 version gets. I also love how a little bit of a fade to the shadows can really influence the mood of the images. The tanish/orange wood handles are complimented by the soft, desaturated blues in the grey walls, and those colors are gently enhanced with this film. 

T-Max 3200 is a pretty flat film, and makes steam look mysterious. Always a fan of fading out the shadows and highlights, I went with the T-Max 3200 + and embraced the extreme nature of this film. I also tried to keep a consistent low angle in order to maintain a relationship between the key light on top, and the shadows below the people and cups, filling the images with a compelling, contrast, and mood. 

These photos don't do it justice. Make your way downtown to Indaba’s newest location, for one of the best coffee experiences in the Inland Northwest.