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The first of a beautifully printed collection of books, celebrating the soul and backbone of Italy!
The first of a beautifully printed collection of books, celebrating the soul and backbone of Italy!
93 backers pledged SEK 63,415 to help bring this project to life.

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cover Caffè Italia: il numero uno
cover Caffè Italia: il numero uno

Ever wished you had a friend who'd love to take you on a journey through Italy's soul and backbone? 

Well now you have, 

Caffè Italia is to become an extraordinary  printed collection of books, celebrating the soul and backbone of Italy. Published bi-annually,  through photography and illustration Caffè Italia takes you on a unique visual journey in this country, accompanied by texts in English. Each issue is 144 pages, filled with content and printed by exceptional craftsmen from Verona, on high-quality paper.

We are working to give you a gem to collect and cherish!  

And we hope you want to help us make it possible.

Tuscany in April
Tuscany in April

Why Caffè Italia?

Italy is rich in biodiversity, in human capital, history, art, food, and much more, and the country appeals to many of us. Yet many stories are left untold.

Caffè Italia captures and distils the essence beyond the already beautiful surface and reveals the  "minor stories of greater importance. We will  highlight the extraordinary in the ordinary, what you might not have seen or heard about, we will look up hidden treasures and meet with people.

The Caper: life and resurrection
The Caper: life and resurrection

How is Caffè Italia?

In the number one issue, you will find six longer photographic stories and some shorter: we talk about very different topics; from music to nature, to  places, craftsmen, food, culture, art, history.. 

Here comes the Village Band!
Here comes the Village Band!
Here comes the village bands!
Here comes the village bands!
Stromboli: the fifth element
Stromboli: the fifth element
          
Stromboli: the fifth element
Stromboli: the fifth element
24 pages of L'Eroica & its Heroes
24 pages of L'Eroica & its Heroes
L'Eroica & its Heroes
L'Eroica & its Heroes
Buon appetito!
Buon appetito!
Neapolitan Miracles
Neapolitan Miracles
The Chiavari chair
The Chiavari chair
Work of art
Work of art
The caper: life and resurrection
The caper: life and resurrection

Help us succeed in sharing beautiful stories!

What today is often called "Bar" in Italy was once called "Caffè" (and still is sometimes), and we think of Caffè Italia as a Caffè "on paper", welcoming who wants to sit down and enjoy a good story. 

With three years of preparation and a lot of experienced people behind, Caffè Italia is a team-work of art and a labour of love. 

The issue number one of Caffè Italia is almost ready to print!  It will be printed by Trifolio srl, a small and extraordinary printer in Verona who mainly prints photographic- or art books for galleries worldwide: Trifolio is in itself a genuine italian story of excellence.

Give us the chance to share the stories in "il numero uno" with you. By helping us now we will have the possibility to get off the ground and start working on  the number two issue, followed by number three and four.

 With your help we will also be able to develop our website even better, www.caffeitalia.se, were we prepare to share other stories with you.

Who is behind Caffè Italia?

Here I am, Johanna Ekmark, photographer, the contentmaker behind Caffè Italia. I was born in Sweden but I was raised in Italy, in Maremma, Tuscany. In the 1980'ies, young woman, I settled as a farmer on the Emilian hillside and  for eleven years I grew tomatoes, kept chickens in the wild and nurtured a penchant for marmelade production. This was before I rearranged my life as a photographer, in the mid 1990's, and chose Milano as my base. From then on I have spent the last 20 years photographing Italy for international magazines, travelling around this country for reportages about people, places, food, design, and so much more. 

Here I am!
Here I am!

With me I have two great swedish designers, Anders Lierud and Glen Ekelund,

Anders & Glen
Anders & Glen

and our exceptional printers in Verona: Trifolio, with Alberto, Nadia & Massimo in picture.

Alberto, Nadia, Massimo
Alberto, Nadia, Massimo

so as my friend, pastry chef and philosopher Corrado Assenza  in Noto, Sicily, an eternal source of wisdom for Caffè Italia; I communicate with him about the most diverse  of topics; nature, history, places, taste, bees...

Corrado Assenza
Corrado Assenza

and there are many other collaborators who have believed in this project and contributed with their precious know-how for the number one issue.

Are you curious about  Italy?  Come along, join us!

  Orchestra Apulia's Ruvo di Puglia

A lot of gratitude for your support!

Johanna

Risks and challenges

The risks are few, as the first issue is almost completed. The challenges are the ones that come with a totally independent printed publication (no advertising or sponsor) : costs of printing and all the preparatory work in photography, design, and texts, spedition, but most of it is done! We need you to give us a hand on the finishing line! To spread the word.
If we succeed we will be able to give you a copy very shortly.

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    Pledge SEK 60 or more About $7

    ca 7 euro
    Thank you for supporting Caffè Italia!
    In return for your kindness will send you a pdf in 16 pages of our "il numero zero", it's a description of our project, and you are always welcome to look for the number one issue further on!

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    Pledge SEK 90 or more About $10

    Would you like to have a printed presentation? To touch and leaf through;
    1 printed copy of "il numero zero"
    Il numero zero is a 16-pages presentation with its cover, beautifully printed.

    (shipped with normal Swedish postal service)

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    Pledge SEK 280 or more About $32

    ca 30 euro
    Special occasion for early birds!
    The number one issue of Caffè Italia in 144 pages, beautifully printed + 1 printed copy of our "il numero zero", 16 pages with its cover, a presentation of our project.

    Shipped with traceable courier to most of European and Asian contries (see exceptions below) and to USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Tunisia, Marocco etc.
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    Pledge SEK 280 or more About $32

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    The number one issue of Caffè Italia: "il numero uno", in 144 pages, beautifully printed.

    Shipped with traceable courier to most of European and Asian contries (see exceptions below) and to USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Tunisia, Marocco etc.
    Shipped with normal Swedish or Italian postal service to Russia , Belarus, Ucraine, Moldava, Serbia, Croatia, Albania, Montenegro, most African countries and more.

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    Pledge SEK 540 or more About $62

    ca 58 euro
    Do you have a mother, brother, aunt or friend who loves Italy? Keep one copy and use the other one as a precious give-away!
    2 copies of the beautifully printed number one issue of Caffè Italia: "il numero uno", in 144 pages.
    (In Europe we send with Fedex, in the rest of World with normal Swedish postal service)

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    Pledge SEK 800 or more About $91

    ca 86 euro
    You have a friend AND a sister or mother or brother who loves Italy
    3 copies of the beautifully printed number one issue of Caffè Italia: "il numero uno", in 144 pages.

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    Pledge SEK 2,500 or more About $285

    ca 270 euro
    You have a lot of friends who love Italy and/or a huge family!
    10 copies of the beautifully printed number one issue of Caffè Italia: "il numero uno", in 144 pages.

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    You're a collector of dummys and/or you are crazily in love with printed matters?
    The final dummy of our "il numero uno", almost done, before binding!
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