Artist: James Brewster


Electro-acoustic cafe is a sound installation consisting of a fully-functioning espresso bar. It allows you to listen to the sound of your coffee being made, before you drink it. The project is the brainchild of James Brewster, a former 'normal' barista who got bored at work.

The sound vibrations from the entire coffee-making process are picked up by contact microphones. These are attached to different parts inside the espresso machine - the drip tray, the boiler, the pump, the water tank, etc. There are also contact microphones attached to the coffee grinder and milk frothing jug.

The resulting sounds are then amplified, subjected to subtle digital processing and sent out through a speaker system. All of this happens in real time, as your coffee is being made. There are no triggers, loops or samples. So the whole process is experienced 'live'. This is why each individual cup sounds subtly different.

EAC has appeared at many international festivals and venues including CTM Berlin, Sound Reasons New Delhi, Exit 07 Luxembourg, Latitude UK (BBC stage), Music Tech Fest KTH Stockholm and Euphonic in Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Spain. It has also been featured on Swedish national television SVT:1, Radio P2 and the front page of Sydsvenskan, as well as getting international media attention - including BBC Radio 3 and Danish national radio."

Info borrowed from

Me? Performance artist (serving as sailor)
Juli 2015 - Augusti 2016, Malmö.

Selected Works

Vivid Liquids (2023)Project type

OH. SO. COSY. (2021)Project type

Mary Anderssons ParkProject type

RED DEAD IDEASProject type

FRANK gallery&studiosProject type

BID och Malmö stadProject type

Teater InstitutetProject type

GåsebäcksfestenProject type

DREAM Malmö LiveProject type

RIDDLProject type

SEARCH (REACH)Project type

FimpfickaProject type


Close To ArtProject type

Art with a bodyProject type

Skillinge teaterProject type

EspressöProject type