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About the Art

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It’s All About the Art . . . AND the Coffee

To do good work one must eat well, be well housed, have one’s fling from time to time, smoke one’s pipe, and drink one’s coffee in peace. ~Vincent Van Gogh

The very long, wet, winters in North America’s rainiest realm of human inhabitation (Ketchikan, AK) can be oppressive. To fight the gray the body needs coffee (preferably a blend from ) and the spirit needs art. Is it the consumption of coffees that inspire the creative achievements of our motley band of artistic souls who have rendered our blends’ visual representations? We like to think so!

Ray Troll

From his tree-top studio, high above the Tongass Narrows in Ketchikan, Alaska, Ray Troll draws and paints fish filled images that migrate into museums and onto t-shirts sold ’round the globe. A “dead”-icated addict, Ray downs a full pot each day to help create his intricate compositions. Ray created the logos, primary label art and much of the clipart for , Deadman’s Reach®, Bruin Blend®, Dharma Beans®, Three Peckered Billy Goat®, Resurrection Blend®, Skookum® Blend and Wicked Wolf®. Find out more about what Ray’s up to at his website.

Terry Pyles

Better known for his realistic paintings of wildlife than his occasionally ribald sense of humor, Alaskan wildlife/aviation/marine/renaissance/multimedia artist, Terry Pyles created the Kopi Luwak design specially for . He’s also a big fan of our coffees. See and purchase Terry’s amazing works of art from his website.

Karen Lybrand

Karen Lybrand, Alaskan ex-pat currently living in Maine, created the unique image for our Alaska Moka Bar and together with Ray Troll created our original Santa Caws™ label art. She is also the font-trix for most of the lettering in our labels, as well as having created the Deadman’s Reach map and compass rose. Click here to see more of Karen’s work.

How did you find ? Tell us your story!
  • “My story started the same way as that of K. Johnson, Snowmass, Colorado. In 2002, after an extensive Alaskan cruise, we docked in Ketchikan. Read More

  • “I am a truck driver here in washington and I had stopped for a break at the ‘red mountain coffee’ shop at the summit of Snoqualmie pass and got a cup of what was brewing and saw the ‘Grin and Bear It’ T-shirt they had on display. Read More

  • “Like many new products I buy, it was the label of Dead Man’s Reach that caught my eye, sitting right there next to 3-Peckered Billy Goat. Read More

  • “I was on summer vacation with my fiancé and my best girlfriend in Payson, a mountain town on the Mogollon Rim in Arizona. Read More

  • “My story is very simple: we were out grocery shopping and while looking for a “new” coffee to try I spied a bag of Wicked Wolf. Read More