Archive for July 27, 2011

The World in Your Cup

Posted in Uncategorized on July 27, 2011 by stevemccurry

Tea and Coffee | What the World Drinks


Breakfast tea being passed between cars on the railway
between Peshawar and Lahore, Pakistan


If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of
understanding truth and beauty. 

– Japanese Proverb


INDIA-10582NFTea seller carries kettle in monsoon water, Porbandar, India


AFGHN-10028NF5 Kamdesh, Afghanistan


The earliest record of tea consumption were in China with records dating back to the 10th century B.C.E.


AFGHN-12350NF Maimana, Afghanistan 



We haven’t had any tea for a week.
The bottom is out of the Universe.
– Rudyard Kipling


 TIBET-10567Kham, Tibet


BANGLADESH-10015Tea Estate, Bangladesh


You can never get a cup of tea large enough
or a book long enough to suit me. 
– C.S. Lewis


SRILANKA-10072Tea tasting, Colombo, Sri Lanka





 Coffee should be black as Hell, strong as death, and sweet as love.
 –  Turkish Proverb


TURKEY-10003NFIstanbul, Turkey


It is believed that the earliest use of coffee was in Ethiopia. 
It spread to Yemen by the fifteenth century, and to the rest of the
Middle East, Turkey, Persia, North Africa and then to
Europe and the Americas.


IRAQ-10033nsMen enjoy tobacco and thimblefuls of thick, bitter coffee in Baghdad, Iraq


HONDURAS-10006NF3La Fortuna, Honduras


BRAZIL-10011NF9Lombari, Brazil


COLOMBIA-10005NFCoffee harvesting, Colombia




  The powers of a man’s mind are directly proportioned to the quantity of coffee he drinks.
– Sir James Mackintosh

BRAZIL-10014NF8, Lavazza, Brazil, 08/2010Brazil


Ah! How sweet coffee tastes!

Lovelier than a thousand kisses,

sweeter far than muscatel wine!

I must have my coffee.

–  Johann Sebastian Bach
Kaffee Kantate

SOUTH_AFRICA-10003Capetown, South Africa



INDIA-11023Shekhar Kapur, Film Director and Producer, Mumbai, India 


No one can understand the truth until he drinks of
coffee’s frothy goodness. 

Sheik Abd-al-Kadir






Steve McCurry in L’Aquila, Italy
Photo by Claudio Marcozzi/Photoland


Istanbul, Turkey
August 2 – September 4, 2011


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