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Coffee Bandits

Here's a painting I did a few years ago for Coffee Bandits, a coffee shop in Merced, California.

This mural chronicles a heist. Once upon a time, the only coffee bush in Europe lived in Louis XIV’s garden. Gabriel Mathieu d'Erchigny de Clieu sneaked into the Palace of Versailles, and stole this coffee bush.

After a harrowing journey across the Atlantic, Gabriel landed in the Caribbean and introduced coffee to The New World. This mural depicts the theft of the coffee beans by bandits, including Bonny and Clyde, Billy the Kid, John Dillinger, and Pancho Villa.

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