Waltham Forest Echo

Waltham Forest Echo

Coffee exhibition takes over Leytonstone High Road

The ten images will stay up until 9th September

Hero for Coffee exhibition takes over Leytonstone High Road
Credit: Leyton of London
By Victoria Munro 10 May 2022

A public photography exhibition documenting coffee production has taken over Leytonstone High Road today.A public photography exhibition documenting coffee production has taken over Leytonstone High Road today.

Ten photos taken by local photographer Jake Green have appeared on public buildings from the Overground station to Matalan and will stay up until 9th September.Ten photos taken by local photographer Jake Green have appeared on public buildings from the Overground station to Matalan and will stay up until 9th September.

The exhibition - titled ‘Drink My Sweat’, based on a Swahili expression about enjoying the results of hard work - documents coffee production in Kenya, Columbia and Honduras.The exhibition - titled ‘Drink My Sweat’, based on a Swahili expression about enjoying the results of hard work - documents coffee production in Kenya, Columbia and Honduras.

(Credit: Leyton of London)(Credit: Leyton of London)

Jake Green told the Echo that, having grown up in Leytonstone, it was an “absolute honour” to have the “amazing opportunity to share the project with [his] community.”Jake Green told the Echo that, having grown up in Leytonstone, it was an “absolute honour” to have the “amazing opportunity to share the project with [his] community.”

He explained that, as an “obsessive coffee drinker”, it became his personal mission to humanise coffee production and illustrate the amount of hard labour it requires, inspiring people to better appreciate the privilege of having access to good coffee. He explained that, as an “obsessive coffee drinker”, it became his personal mission to humanise coffee production and illustrate the amount of hard labour it requires, inspiring people to better appreciate the privilege of having access to good coffee. 

The installation was supported by Waltham Forest Council, Network Rail and local businesses - find out more here.The installation was supported by Waltham Forest Council, Network Rail and local businesses - find out more here.