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Scouring the Globe for the Best Cup of Coffee

To see more photos and videos from the life of a traveling coffee buyer, follow @stephen_vick and @bluebottle on Instagram.

As the buyer for Blue Bottle Coffee’s green, not-yet-roasted coffee, Stephen Vick (@stephen_vick) travels to every corner of the globe. “I use Instagram to document my travels and show interesting, beautiful, quirky things that I see when I’m out in the world,” says Stephen.

It was in 2004 that Stephen began visiting the farms where coffee is grown. With those trips, says Stephen, “came a greater understanding that most of the challenges in producing a quality cup of coffee are hurdles that are faced by the producer,” like shortfalls in knowledge, resources and capacity.

In the past decade, Stephen has visited more than 17 countries in a variety of capacities, from teaching farmers best practices to working on the construction of more economical and sustainable processing facilities. Spending time in remote, tropical areas has also brought the occasional harrowing health experience: “In Northwestern Tanzania I contracted cerebral malaria, had kidney failure and went into a coma.” After a few months, Stephen regained his strength and returned to the work he loves.

These days, Stephen spends about half his time out visiting coffee farms. “My favorite is Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee and the most challenging and rewarding country to source from.”


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Climbing Huashan (华山), China’s Most Heart-stopping Hike

For more photos from the hike to the top, explore the 华山 Mount Huashan location page and browse the #huashan and #华山 hashtags.

In China’s Shaanxi province, 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Xi’an, the peaks of Mount Hua, or Huashan (华山), pierce the clouds, tempting adventurers to explore their heights.

The westernmost of China’s legendary Five Great Mountains, Huashan has stood as a destination for Daoist and Buddhist pilgramage for centuries—though the inaccessability of its peaks attracts only the most dedicated of pilgrims.

The southern peak reaches the highest altitude at 2,155 meters (7,070 feet), igniting the imaginations of thrill-seeking travellers. Home to an ancient monastery that in recent years has been converted into a tea house, the trail to the peak is one of the most dangerous in the world. Those brave enough to make the climb face steep and winding staircases carved into the cliffs and Huashan’s notorious plank road: a series of wooden planks affixed to the mountain’s face with no rails or barracades between hikers and the abyss below.


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Osaka Japan from space at night



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Grand Canyon Lightning Show by Rolf Maeder

Photos of the Grand Canyon getting hit by a thunderstorm.


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Mountain photography by Roberto Bertero

Breathtaking landscape photography featuring silhouettes of men looking out into the horizon at the top of majestic mountains.


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Alberta Landscapes by Wayne Simpson

Breathtaking photos of natural Canadian landscapes.


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Katsura Imperial Villa by Yasuhiro Ishimoto

A series of black and white photographs that naturally blend centuries-old architecture with contemporary abstract art.


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Bleeding by Guy-Olivier Deveau

Giant sand sculpture of a head lying on its side with half its face distorted.


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Underwater statues by Jason deCaires Taylor

New cement sculptures featured in a unique underwater museum off the coast of Cancun, Mexico.


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Giraffe Childcare Center by Hondelatte Laporte Architectes

A children’s hospital featuring three different cement animals embedded into the architecture to brighten up both the kids’ day and the surrounding urban architecture.


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