I’ve spent so much time over my lifetime in bakeries, cafes and coffee shops, whether working or drawing. I wrote about it here, on the post for my miniature patisserie, and here, talking about the bakeries I loved in the Bay Area. Although I drink instant espresso at home these last few years, I still bake. My flapjack recipe is here and my Peanut Butter Pie is here!
There’s a whole album of coffee shop drawings here!
The coffee shop side of Cafe Morgana features some of my favorite miniatures from decades of collecting them.
Some are very new, like the espresso machine, roasting drum, coffee jars and bags, and other coffee roastery specific items, from the just-released Re-Ment Snoopy’s Coffee Roastery set. (The Snoopy logo or text had to be carefully painted over on several items!) And there are things on this side from the new Re-Ment Witch House set as well, like the cute owl on a perch.
I swapped a vamped-out Darla head onto the school uniform Darla body, and painted her lipstick and nails black, then cracked myself up by putting a witch hat on her. She looks so pissed!
I was so happy to find a Geordi in 6″ scale in Berlin. I am gonna make him a visor though, as I don’t believe in magic disability cures/erasure. Assistive tech, yes!
The Little Prince figure is a feve, as is the figure of the Chinese tea master and sage, Lu Yu.
The Plague Doctor mask on the very old DC Direct Dr. Mid-Nite is from the Re-Ment Witch House series – so good!
I had to build out the counters for the coffee shop, using foam core, balsa wood, and miniature moldings, all painstakingly stained to match.
I used commercial components, kitbashed them together carefully, and wound up with a workspace that felt right to me.
I wanted to capture the feeling of wonder, sitting at the end of the bar at Ritual Coffee in 2009, asking the barista, “Why is the coffee so damn good?”.
And of course, I had to have as much space to show off baked goods as possible!
As well as very new ones! I was thrilled when Re-Ment made clear glass teapots with flower tea, like we used to sell at Wicked Grounds. You can see Geordi is enjoying a pot, with his timer at the ready. Ah, the fucking timers! The bane of baristas!
The bags of unroasted coffee beans in the window are a memento of my days in 1991 at Dunn Bros. in St. Paul, when Ed Dunn roasted fresh every single day, and the bags at Ritual in the Oughts, which reminded me of Dunn Bros. Being a barista is one thing I was always able to do, in St. Paul, in DC, in Berkeley, in San Francisco. When I came to Berlin and met my friend Suzanne Wegh, who was a barista, it seemed like a magical connection.
I will probably never be physically able to work in a coffee shop again, but this project is a tribute to the labor that I did.
There were hard days, and good times – I met my husband at my last barista job, at Wicked Grounds!
Part one, the Magic Shoppe side of Cafe Morgana, is here.
My previous bakery/espresso bar miniature, The Poison Apple Patisserie, is here.
Danger Room work in progress!
My first action figure dollhouse.
My action figure subway station.
A New York City subway car, underneath a dollhouse in Berlin.
My Rahne and Dani lovebird action figure customs
Douglock custom figures hanging in Kitty and Illyana’s room.