examine and document the caf culture of four Balkan countries - Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia.
Getting under the skin of caf culture in the Balkans, through its neighbourhood joints and their denizens, Paul and Fred hear the stories from, and of, the people who dispense this most aromatic and social beverage. They also trace the evolution of 'caf society' in the Balkans; from tiny, traditional coffee shops and grand caf s, to chic, sleek, new venues housing an artisanal third wave of coffee as cult and culture.
As for the images, Paul and Fred endeavoured to capture what is real. Not just the art nouveau/art deco splendour of the grand cafes, not the usual sidewalk-umbrella-beautiful-people snaps, but telling portraits of human faces and interaction.
Paul Kelly and Fred Shively have been professional communicators, sometimes photographers, always caf /coffee lovers and insatiable travellers/flaneurs for more years than many of you have had... hot drinks.