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The Story Behind the Small World Coffee Logo

By Jacqui | Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Well before Brant and I had decided on a town to open Small World Coffee in, the café name, logo, and to go cups were designed.  The logo was probably one of the easiest decisions we ever made.

Brant had a tattoo that he called his “grumpy monkey” tattoo.  I thought the tattoo was really cool so he showed me the book that the image came from, called ‘Design Motifs of Ancient Mexico’ written by the late Jorge Enciso.  This book is filled with designs derived from carved seals of Aztec, Maya, Totonac, Zapotec, Olmec and other early Mexican cultures.

I took the book to our friend and designer, Chris Edwards, in Ann Arbor Michigan and asked him to create a logo inspired by this art.  The Small World Coffee “bean” or “sun” that is our logo today was the very first idea Chris presented to us.  It was perfect.  Today I still use the book by Enciso for inspiration.

The “Sleep is for the Weak”, “Grumpy Monkey”, and “Coffee Makes You Smarter” mugs area all using images used in carved seals from the cultures of ancient Mexico.  All of the mugs are on sale now in both cafes for $6.95 each.

Better Know a Worldling, Part 2

By Jessica | Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Worldling Liz Deacon

The second installation of Small World’s “Better Know a Worldling” introduces you to Liz Deacon. She’s only been at Small World for a few months, but has quickly become an integral member of our family/team. Read on to learn about Liz’s preferences regarding coffee drinks, cooking, and ‘90s music.

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Video: A Day at Small World Roasters

By Jacqui | Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

We were thrilled to host Sara Sadri – a local filmmaker who is also pursuing her postdoc at Princeton University – at Small World Roasters. “Small World Coffee,” she says, “was my first introduction to the town of Princeton. In fact, I think it is more like a landmark of Princeton.” While visiting our Rocky Hill Roasting Facility as part of our public Backstage Pass events, the scientist & filmmaker saw a cinematic opportunity. “I myself never thought about coffee beans as green fresh beans, and as a scientist, I found the process quite appealing and interesting.” (more…)

Small World Coffee Supports Princeton Area Artists

By Jacqui | Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Photo via US1Photo via US1

On the heels of another successful Love Show (our community art show), we are honored to be among several Princeton establishments featured in US1’s article about local exhibition opportunities for artists.

As Small World’s co-owner, Jessica, said to US1’s Dan Aubrey, “We have been exhibiting art once a month since the day we opened our doors in 1993.  From our inception, having a monthly rotating art show with primarily local artists was a part of our mission. Between our two cafes, we now have 24 art shows a year.

…One of my favorites is that it allows our space to reinvent itself once a month. Most cafes have regular customers who come in multiple times a week. In this process of regular visitation we get used to the environment. But on the first Wednesday of every month after the new art show has been hung, I notice myself, my employees, and our customers look up a little more and take in the new art.”

Thank you to the US1 staff for the great coverage! Read the full article here.

Interested in having an art show at Small World Coffee? Fill out the application here.

Love Show 2013 to Open Friday, Feb. 8th

By Jacqui | Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

The artists have been notified, the DJ’s are ready, and we’re getting out our dancing shoes…. Please join us on Friday, February 8th at 8pm for the Love Show 2013 Opening Party!  There will be art, music, food, and fundraising for HiTops, a local nonprofit dedicated to promoting teen health and well-being.  In addition to suggested donations at the door, artists have the option of donating the proceeds from the sale of their artwork to HiTops.

We look forward to the opening, and we hope you’ll spread the word and join us on the dance floor!