More than Just Gears: Steampunk as a Lifestyle Aesthetic
Steampunk is still a work-in-progress. It is still evolving. There are new stories to be told and new writers to be discovered that will add their distinctive voices to the mix. I am simply one author among many talking about how to create a story world in a genre I enjoy. I welcome comments and observations from others who enjoy steampunk and all types of speculative fiction.
Steampunk started as a literary genre that includes social or technological aspects of the 19th century, but it has developed into a larger aesthetic. There are movies, video games, and television shows that include elements of steampunk. (Warehouse 13 is one of my favorite examples of this—and not just because H.G. Wells is a character.) Beyond the formal entertainment industry, though, are people who embrace this style and create clothing, jewelry, and other projects meant to evoke a steampunk aesthetic. The following is a list of web sites that deal with a mixture of steampunk and coffee. They can be helpful as an introduction or as a way to further explore your interests.
Coffee Related Steampunk Destination Travel
It is true that I enjoy coffee. Many writers of my acquaintance also have this vice. It seems appropriate, somehow, that coffee and steampunk are combined in these places. I have not visited the coffee shops personally, but they are on my “travel wish list” for the future.
In California there is a coffee bar called Steampunk CoffeeBar and Kitchen that seems to feature art influenced by Lovecraft. The baristas seem talented. I love the way that the words “steam” and “punk” appear in the froth on top of the coffee.
Truth Coffee in Cape Town, South Africa, is a coffee shop designed with the idea that espresso machines and coffee roasters are somewhat similar to the Victorian steampunk style. From the pictures on their web site, it seems like the baristas dress the part.
Steampunk Coffee Roasters are located in Natchez, Mississippi. I love the design of the metal stools around the coffee bar.
Steampunk Coffee UK is located in North Berwick. They also have a cafe with a VW theme.
It is wonderful to see how the steampunk aesthetic is spreading beyond the boundaries of literature and into our coffee cups. If you know about any other coffee-related steampunk destinations, please share in the comments.
Now I have to start planning my world-tour steampunk coffee-travel itinerary . . .
(Disclaimer: I am not associated with any of the web sites or businesses listed in this article.)