ChloƩ Rutzerveld

Loerie Lab


The installation shows a brief history moment from the coffee culture in Eindhoven.

Farmers from Eindhoven were very poor, because crops were very hard to grow on chapped sandy soil from Eindhoven, but coffee beans were very expensive. The farmers made surrogate coffee out of burnt peas, old grain or chicory. The installation shows a brief history moment from the coffee culture in Eindhoven, you get to listen to (audio)stories from the elderly and you can also give surrogate coffee made of rye a try. Rye is a crop that grows perfectly on sandy soil. This kind of surrogate coffee is not an instant coffee but is made like coffee beans made of rye. By using various ways of grinding and making the coffee, you get a different taste and aroma. We connect the ingenuity from the small farmers with the modern love for old coffee and the search for a more sustainable (and healthier?) future.