Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Coffee Morning


Last year I designed and illustrated six posters for two cafes in the centre of Leicester. They have a remarkable pedigree stretching back over 70 years, and everyone around here knows about going into Brucci's. As a spotty teenager I used to meet my dad in one at lunchtime for a cheese and pickle sandwich, and later waited in trepidation to see if a potential girlfriend would turn up. I was reminded of them again this week as I found myself in a Costa, and set to ruminating on why they think it's a good idea to have you queue to place your order and then to queue again to get your beverages. I mean, it's not Genoa is it? There I'm quite happy to pay upfront to an old lady in a glass booth, but then my cappuccino will be with me in two shakes of the chocolate sprinkler. It isn't every Costa, but if ever you're stalwart enough to brave Leicester's city centre do give a Brucciani's a go. The girl who takes your order will also very smartly prepare your request, and you'll find one in Fox Lane and one in Churchgate, both just off the Clock Tower. And if you're sitting down near to the poster above you can try and work out the puzzle picture to the right of the coffee pot.

Of course all this will seem like a shameless plug for a client, but I have to say this was one of the most pleasurable and satisfying jobs I've had to do. If you want to see the other five I might oblige, and if you want something similar for your emporiums (or anything else) then I will certainly oblige. We can talk about it over an affogato.

7 comments:

Philip Wilkinson said...

Lovely stuff. I reckon visitors to Unmitigated England would like to see the other posters too.

Stephen Barker said...

Some of us might even want to acquire one.

E Berris said...

Have just googled Brucciani - they are in lots of towns if you are lucky - and seem to be descended from the same family as the 19th century Brucciani renowned for his plaster casts (V&A etc.) - all master craftsmen and women.
And show us more posters please.

Hels said...

ok why DO they think it's a good idea to have you queue to place your order and then to queue again to get your beverages? Does it save a lot of staff time and therefore cuts costs?

Chris Partridge said...

I thought it was something to do with cricket at first, then perhaps rowing, then the penny dropped... It's CAP O CHINO. Thank you for a moment's pleasure before the working day begins.

Peter Ashley said...

Thankyou everyone. I shall put the other posters up today. Brucciani's are to be found in other towns, but my work was just for the business based in Leicester. I think they're all related though, and my client is certainly related to the plaster cast Brucci.

Ron Combo said...

Smashing stuff.