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KU Freshman Jack Hatzfeld Turns Coffee Into Art

1.30.2017

By Justin Hermstedt

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On any given morning in Hashinger Hall, one subtle sound that breaks the silence is the hum of Jack Hatzfeld’s coffee grinder. Hatzfeld starts his morning with a cup of coffee like anyone else, but caffeine addiction does not drive this morning ritual. Hatzfeld is a KU student devoted to the art of coffee.
“Third wave coffee” is the artisan approach to coffee that Hatzfeld practices. Third wave coffee makers seek the highest quality ingredients and get them directly from their origin, whether that is Colombia, Ethiopia or any other coffee hub. Hatzfeld says coffee becomes an art form rather than a mundane daily beverage, when it is produced with the acute attention to detail that sets third wave coffee apart from Starbucks.

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“The quality of water, the temperature, the brew time—there’s so many variables that actually go into making coffee and it really takes a lot of skill and knowledge to be able to isolate those,” Hatzfeld said. “That’s kind of what third wave is about.”

Ian Walla is a coffee colleague of Hatzfeld’s. Walla says third wave coffee is like other drinks, such as wine and whiskey, only it is more complex. He says that he and Hatzfeld are drawn to the coffee industry partly because it is constantly evolving.

“As soon as someone knows everything, some crop disease happens in Asia and it totally changes the game on every front. And then you have to relearn everything”, Walla said.

Hatzfeld has done the best he can to support his coffee hobby despite being restricted by the size of a dorm room. Last fall was Hatzfeld’s first semester at KU, and the first time in three years he hasn’t been working as a barista. Hatzfeld is a product photographer for a few coffee companies, which means he is sent samples to photograph, helping his personal coffee supply remain stocked. Although he’s grateful to still be crafting coffee for his own use, Hatzfeld longs to be back behind the counter in a coffee shop so he can share his work with customers.

“Luckily, coffee is a part of my life right now because I am photographing for companies,” Hatzfeld said. “I get that every day. I wish I could give it to other people every day though.”

Hatzfeld began working in coffee when his other art form of choice, photography, led him to it. Hatzfeld worked as a freelance photographer throughout high school. He has worked at several coffee shops around Kansas City, but his first job in coffee was at a coffee shop in Gardner, Kansas called Groundhouse, where he often used to hang his photographs. The manager reached out to Hatzfeld to see if he’d be interested in working there.

“I started picking up some shifts at Groundhouse on the side while I sold my art, and then I started to realize that coffee was kind of an art form in itself,” Hatzfeld said.

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Hatzfeld is studying graphic design at KU. He draws inspiration for design from coffee work, and vice versa. Design is prevalent in the coffee industry through media other than the beverage itself. Hatzfeld is fascinated by the incorporation of art in the atmosphere of coffee shops, whether it is through interior design, graphic design, or the packaging of coffee products. Hatzfeld’s dream job is to be a brand manager for a coffee company, allowing his work in design and coffee to intersect.

Hatzfeld says we are in the midst of a boom in third wave coffee. He hears of independent coffee shops popping up all the time around Kansas City as demand grows. His father, David Hatzfeld, says his son is poised to take advantage of this burgeoning industry.

“Jack has realized that as the coffee industry is starting to develop and mature into a craft like microbrews in beer, he’s seeing it as an employment opportunity at levels other than at the retail level,” David Hatzfeld said.

Hatzfeld says most people view coffee as just a drink, but he finds art in it.

Jack Hatzfeld and his father share this artistic mindset, but David Hatzfeld’s interest is in culinary arts. Jack Hatzfeld cites his father as an inspiration in his artistic development in coffee, and fondly recalls extravagant breakfasts that his father used to prepare for their family. David Hatzfeld and Jack Hatzfeld see past the surface level of their respective crafts and obsess over details.

“He looks at coffee at a deeper level, and picks up the nuances”, David Hatzfeld said. “I would talk to my kids and tell them food is an experience, not sustenance. He kind of took that to heart.”

 

Photography courtesy of Jack Hatzfeld

 

KU Improv Entertains Off the Top of Their Head

1.23.2017

By Justin Hermstedt

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Last spring, Teagan Fitzpatrick founded KU Improv. In its second semester, the group grew and garnered a consistent following at its many performances.

John Pace, a freshman from Olathe, joined KU Improv last fall. He’s been doing improv for a few years.

“It’s pretty much ‘acting without a script,’ to put it in three words… or four words. I can count; I swear,” Pace said.

Although the club is young, it pulls around 10 to 20 people at the average show. Those are solid numbers for a comedy startup, whose existence might not be known of by the majority of students.

Style on the Hill went to check out their last show of the fall semester, and KU improv brought the comedic heat.

This semester, be sure to support the good people at KU improv. It’ll be a merry (and free) time, especially if you like memes and/or muppet impressions.

 

Staff Picks: Albums of the Year 2016

12.30.2016

By Justin Hermstedt

2016 was a standout year for music. New Kanye, Beyoncé, and Frank Ocean barely scratch the surface. What were your favorite albums of 2016? Here are some personal favorites from the staff at Style on the Hill.

A Seat at the Table – Solange

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This album is soulful and spiritual and imaginative. Solange is too often overshadowed by her sister, and this album showcases her incredible musical talents. Her music is powerful.

-Rebekah Swank

Starboy – The Weeknd

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A pretty sexy album. It’s r&b and electronic without being too overbearing. The album seems to flow better when I listen to it as a whole.

-Georgia Hickam

Holy Ghost – Modern Baseball

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I came for the witty, angsty expressions of social hijinks/struggles which highlighted Modern Baseball’s first albums, but I stayed for the honest, introspective stories of surviving in the face of loss and mental illness. This album kicks ass.

-Justin Hermstedt

Disappear Here – Bad Suns

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Bad Suns had an awesome EP a couple of years ago and followed up this year with a dope album; Disappear Here is the perfect amount of peppy and artistic.

-Ellie Milton

Call Him a Doctor – GFOTY

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GFOTY (Girlfriend Of The Year) created the EPOTY with Call Him a Doctor. Rarely does an artist’s magnum opus manifest as an EP, but with Call Him a Doctor GFOTY infuses her signature wit/bombast with an unexpectedly refined pop-punk and PCMusic electronica.

-Logan Gossett

The Ride – Catfish and the Bottlemen

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Their first album was absolutely killer and this followed it perfectly. I honestly just don’t have any words for how great this band is.

-Ellie Milton

Awaken, My Love! – Childish Gambino

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This album is so different from anything Childish Gambino has done in the past, and a lot of people don’t like it for that reason. I thought it was spectacular. I think his voice was made for this kind of music.

-Rebekah Swank

Blackstar – David Bowie

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David Bowie hadn’t died in 2016, Blackstar would still be a top ten album of the year. But nothing exists in a vacuum, so the compelling narrative behind Bowie’s last LP secures an already enchanting album its place as my second favorite album of 2016.
-Logan Gossett

How to Be a Human Being – Glass Animals

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Each track on How to Be a Human Being tells the story of a real person who Glass Animals have encountered in their travels. The unique narratives of these colorful characters coalesce into a uniform anthology, just like how the diverse and whimsical sounds form an awesome, melting pot of an album.

-Justin Hermstedt

Centerfold – MOTHXR

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MOTHXR explored the decadent basin of New Romantic dystopia’s pits and excavated a dark, amethyst gem with Centerfold.
-Logan Gossett

WTF Is Up?! – A Spooky Weekend, the End of a Curse, and More!

11.04.2016

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By Darby VanHoutan

I won’t deny how spooky this weekend was. Am I referring to arguably the world’s best holiday (Halloween) or my grades? The world may never know. However, the world will know WTF happened this week!

New Month – New Netflix

November 1 marked many things. It’s the end of the most beloved spooky season, the first appropriate day to blast “All I Want For Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey and, most importantly, a new season for Netflix!

The company stayed true to CFO David Wells’ promise and has 50 percent original content. One of these Netflix-produced series is a truly badass one called The Crown that serves as a biography following Queen Elizabeth II (The current Queen of England who is a true goddess divine). It consists of 10 episodes each an hour long and will hopefully have many more seasons following this one released today.

Along with the long awaited The Crown are comedy sketches from Dana Carvey, Colin Quinn and more. There are also movies such as Cujo, Just Friends, Boyhood and others. Oh! Let’s not forget the holy grail: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Can you even? I can’t. Of course there are movies leaving Netflix as well. Movies like Almost Famous, E.T and others will be exiting our (or the ones we stole from our friends) Netflix cues this November.

Clinton’s Genius Ad

62 years ago a woman named Monique Corzilius Luiz, who was three years old at the time, stared in the most controversial political ad of her time. It was during the 1964 presidential election that Democratic candidate Lyndon Johnson premiered the TV ad dubbed “The Daisy Ad”. The ad showed a young girl, played by Luiz, picking petals off a flower before a countdown in the background leads to the explosion of an atomic bomb. It ended with the announcer saying “Vote for President Johnson. The stakes are too high for you to stay home”. The advertisement was tactical and effective before being pulled from television.

Current Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton brought not only the ad but the now 65-year-old star of the spot, Monique Corzilius Luiz.

WTF Your Favorite Celebs Were For Halloween

I wish the entire human race dressed as they did for Halloween much, much, much more often. I especially admire the famous goons on goblins that come out around October 31. I could get lost in pictures of celebrity costumes throughout the years that just whole heartedly ~slay~ me. Here’s a few of my favorites from 2016, with pictures all courtesy of Instagram:

1. Beyonce & Jay-Z & Blue Ivy as “Black Barbie” and “Black Ken”

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2. Kourtney Kardashian and Family as Power Rangers

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3. Ariana Grande & Mac Miller as both an adorable and psycho Eevee and Pikachu

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4. Lena Dunham as a “Grabbed Pussy”

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5. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s daughter as a hot dog

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This Is Halloween: A Guide to Netflix Horror Movies

10.31.2016

By Sydnie Germany

It is finally October 31 and that brings us lots of candy, pumpkin patches and lattes, and of course the amazing tradition of Halloween! There is definitely no better way to celebrate Halloween than with spooky horror movies and a big bucket of popcorn (or candy corn, depending on your personal cravings).

Ranging from your typical horror movie to straight up creepy, here is a list of eight scary movies to watch on Netflix to satisfy all your Halloween scare-fest needs. Enjoy!

  1. Would You Rather

2. Hush

3. 13 Cameras

4. Amityville Horror (2005)

5. The Dead Room

 

6. The Houses October Built

7. The Babadook

8. Creep

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