Cultural Café Events: Save the Dates!

The Cultural Cafe is Lost in a Cup’s signature event and we would love it if you came!

That’s why we are publishing all the dates of the upcoming digital events now – for the rest of 2020, so you can write it down in your diary and join us.

  • 2nd of September
  • 7th of October
  • 4th of November

The themes of the events will be announced on our website and social media channels a few weeks before the events.

The time of the events remains the same:

19:00 Central European Time (Stockholm, Bruxelles, Paris, Madrid, Rome)

Other time zone:

Europe: 18:00 (London, Lisbon) / 20:00 (Helsinki, Athens, Moscow)

Americas: 13:00 (New York, East Coast) / 10:00 (Los Angeles, West Coast)

Asia: 21:30 (Tehran), 22:30 (New Delhi)

Events will take place digitally via Zoom so in order to take place you need to reserve a spot via the specific sign-up forms:

Sign up to the Cultural Café of the 2nd of September.

Sign up to the Cultural Café of the 7th of October.

Sign up to the Cultural Café of the 4th of November.

If you have any questions just get in touch!

Cultural Café #1: Are historical ‘sins’ ever to be forgiven?

History teaches us of the many great things mankind has achieved but can also show us the big mistakes made over and over again in time.

Depending on how you were taught it in school you most likely either love it or hate it and that has a lot to do with how it was presented and what way you engage with the past. This video by ‘The School of Life‘ gives a good intro to ‘History’ as a subject and the problems in the way it is taught.

Through time many things change including consensus over certain topics and behaviours which brought us to discussing if moral behaviours committed by people in the past should be judged by today’s standards. We listened to some extracts of BBC Radio 4’s programme ‘The Philosopher’s Arms’, originally aired in 2013 and available online via BBC Sound.

During the discussions, the participants shared a lot of interesting suggestions on things to read about connected to the topic. We listed some of them here:

Books:

  • “Enlightenment Now” by Steven Pinker
  • “Erst kommt das Fressen, dann kommt die Moral.” by Bertolt Brecht
  • ”Årstafruns dagbok” a dairy by Mrs Märta  Helena Renstierna 
  • “The World of Yesterday” by Stefan Zweig

Originally the event was scheduled to last approximately an hour but ended up lasting almost two hours. We sent out a survey to all the participants to get their feedback and see what can be done to improve the format before our next event which we expect will take place towards the end of July / beginning of August. More info coming soon!

Our first digital cultural café was presented by Alexander Maxia and Tove Ljung from Base10 startup hub in Uppsala. It took place on Thursday, July 2nd and people joined from four different countries. More events will follow, keep following us on social media and sign up to our mailing list here!

Big thanks to Jason Dainter, CEO of Base10 for kindly lending us the space to broadcast; Joakim Fichtel from Almi Uppsala for the support and advice leading up to the event and James Maxia for additional research into the topic presented.

Coming up: Our First Digital Cultural Café!

As most of the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work and after halting our operation in planning events for several months we decided to go digital.

This will be our first ‘cultural café’ event in digital format (our second ever!) and even though we will not be physically in the same coffee house we will do our best to re-create that atmosphere via Zoom.

Yeah I know what you are thinking.. You have had enough lectures, seminars and meetings over the internet and the only thought might give you shudders. But fear not, we’ve got you covered! This will be different from your average Zoom event as we will combine parts in which we are all together – to smaller, more cozy discussions with groups of 4 to 5 people, just as if you were sitting with them at the same table in a café!

The key questions for this event’s topic:

  • Are historical sins ever to be forgiven?
  • Do we give focus to the right figures in history?
  • How do we re-evaluate actions and behaviours from the recent past within today’s society?

This Thursday, the 2:nd of July, we are going to discuss how we learn from history and how we reflect on historical events in today’s climate. We are going to question how actions and behaviors from the recent past fit within today’s society and whether we give focus to the right figures in history. Are historical sins ever to be forgiven? Let’s discuss!

The Cultural café is going to be held like this:

  1. You sign-up via the form (link below) and we will then email you a zoom-link so you can access.
  2. At the event – our hosts will welcome you and guide you through the topic
  3. At a later stage they will split you into smaller groups where you will get the chance to share your thoughts about given questions with 3 or 4 others.
  4. Towards the end of the event, we gather together once again and open to a floor discussion where we can share our thoughts with all the other participants.

We are not here to debate. We are here to have discussions and challenge our mindset. No answers are right or wrong, and the point of the events isn’t to come up with the right answers or test your knowledge. We are just here to discuss in a friendly atmosphere and question our assumptions.

Book yourself a spot for the event by signing up here!

As this is our very first event of the kind, we really encourage feedback on how we can make future cultural cafés even better.

  • When: 2nd July 2020 @ 20:00 (Central European Time)
  • Location: Zoom (link will be sent via email to those who signed up)
  • Discussions will be held in English
  • Presenters: Alexander Maxia and Tove Ljung

Any Questions? Contact us!

See you then!!

Don’t forget to invite your family, friends and colleagues; the more, the better! Share the event via social media:

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Career Day 2019

Lost in a Cup was proud collaborator at ‘Career Day 2019’, a yearly fair organised by five different student organisations who focus on creating events for students who study degrees in the political science / diplomatic sphere at Uppsala University.

The event was held at V-Dala Nation and counted over 400 participants who had the chance of speaking to recruiters and explore career paths in the various stands.

Lost in a Cup had its own stand, providing Italian style coffee to energise the participants with espressos and the occasional cappuccinos.

Coffee stand at Career Day 2019

Those who stopped by for a coffee also got the chance to win an Adesso Espresso electric milk foamer!

Ebba with her new milk foamer!

It was a fantastic experience, many coffees were made and interesting conversations took place with the many who stopped-by. Special thanks to the team of volunteers who organised such a successful event and all who took part!

PopUp Cultral Café: Does Tech Make Society Alienating?

The first PopUp Cultural Café by Lost in a Cup will take place in Base10, right in the heart of Uppsala’s Tech Startup scene.

During the evening there will be a series of interesting talks, open debate and ample opportunity to mingle with people who share similar interests on the topic.

As the Cultural Café will Pop-Up in a StartUp hub, the topic is technology in modern society and the impact its having on our lives. Whilst the advantages of innovation are uncountable and in the StartUp world we often praise their glory, is there also a down side to this? Is our use of technology increasing the sense of alienation for us and the people around us?

The Speakers

Isabelle Edlund – Founder of ‘YouViaMe’

Claes Thorén – Senior Lecturer at Uppsala University

Jörn Passoth – Founder of

Places are limited so please click hereto reserve a spot.

If you booked a spot and can no longer make it, please send an email to: alex@lostinacup.com

The event is free of charge and will be held in English.

  • What: PopUp Cultural Café – stimulating talks, debates and mingle
  • Where: Base10 – Klostergatan 10 (1st floor), 753 21, Uppsala
  • When: Wednesday 3rd of April 2019 @ 17:15

Sounds interesting? Invite your friends to the event on Facebook!

#EspressøYourself #PopUpCulturalCafé

60 Years of Cultural Institute – PopUp Café

Text: Alexander Maxia – Photos: Marcus Sätherström

Last November ‘Italienskkulturinstitutet‘ or the ‘Italian Cultural institute in Stockholm’ celebrated their 60th birthday. On this occasion ‘Lost in a Cup‘ was there with our Pop-up Café to contribute by bringing quality Italian coffee to the party.

PopUp Café at the Italian Cultural Institute in Stockholm

The participants to the event included many Italian expats who have made Sweden their home but also many locals that for one reason or another fell in love with Italian culture and took any opportunity to practice their Italian.

Over a hundred guests attended the celebrations

We designed the stand so that the coffee machines were facing the public and not the baristas. Our idea was to teach people to make Italian espresso themselves – for each other! After all, our hashtag is #EspressøYourself so what better way to promote the company ethos than by encouraging people to get a hands-on experience in espresso making and interact with others around them?

Luckily Ismaele Rombi, La Tazza d’Oro’s coffee expert, was on hand to supervise the many amateur baristas who were keen on learning how to make good coffee like in an ‘Italian Bar’. Italian espresso nowadays can be enjoyed across the world as long as the ingredients are of good quality and you have the right tools to make it. For the occasion we collaborated with the Italian household brand ‘DeLonghi’ who lent us their grinder and espresso machines that together with our own ‘Adesso Espresso’ capsule machine delivered fantastic espressos to the many enthusiasts.

Ismaele Rombi (left) sharing his knowledge on good espresso making

A few hours and 200 coffees later, the party ended. It was a great evening and the team at the Institute really did a phenomenal job in organising such a popular event. Driving back to Uppsala we reflected on the many interesting conversations we engaged in, the many stories of people who love ‘il Bel Paese’, the feedback and encouragement many gave us. We felt a sense of satisfaction. On a cold and dark winter evening we brought the taste and atmosphere of a ‘bar della piazza‘ to a location so very far from Italy, yet so strongly connected to it.

The team: Edwin Oldfield, Ismaele Rombi and Alexander Maxia

Thanks to the team at the Italian Cultural Institute, Ismaele Rombi and DeLonghi Nordics for making this PopUp Café such a success. See you next time?