The Jika Jika coffee shop is situated in Bath England and this collection of art hangs on its walls.The Jika Jika prints in this series are super A3 329mm by 483mm printed on archival paper with epson ultrachrome ink and cost R3000.00 each excluding vat and postage, mailed in a tube to anywhere on earth. They are numbered signed and stamped in a series if fifteen. Copy the pic of your choice and mail if you are interested and I will send you more details.
On the next page are smaller prints and larger panoramic prints.

Introduction to the enigmatic
King Jika Jika
of Glorieuse Island.

A founder member of the Glorieuse Island branch of the league of Empire loyalists King Jika Jika always remained unimpressed with Italian attempts to introduce pasta to North East African cuisine. At the age of thirty five he set sail in search of "the decadence beyond the horizon". Together with his interpreter Venus Stevens they visited King Mutsuhito of Japan, Viceroy Li of China the King of Siam, Pope Leo XIII and Haile Selassie at his place of exile in Bath. He also called on Mahatma Gandhi and strolled up Table Mountain with Jan Smuts. After a full ten years of exploration the King declared that he had enough experience of dull table companions and badly brewed coffee and they set sail for home.  

Very little accurate information exists about King Jika Jika. Some say that he was secretly "Her Majesties observer of paranormal activities" but he is better known for being a coffee planter, amateur ethnologist, entomologist, absinthe distiller, photographer, treasure hunter, aeronaught and renowned barista. The home office denies that they ever employed such an individual and all King Jika Jika's own records were destroyed in the hurricane that devastated Glorieuse half a century ago. Only the album bequeathed to his granddaughter is in existence and this contains many valuable photographic illustrations accompanied by very few notes.

He is credited with various discoveries including the elapsed Zanzibar hallucinogenic mushroom and twenty-eight types of heliotropic plants in different parts of the world. He smuggled eighteen varieties of coffee to his island and is credited with brewing the best cup of Koffee south of Somalia. The King, managed, buy some unclear means, to acquire the first espresso machine to arrive in Abyssinia. He was appalled by the fact that Mussolini used second hand mustard gas left over from the First World War to defeat Haile Selassie's barefoot troops.   

Jika Jika was also a renowned aeronaught, as they were identified in that epoch. He graduated from hot air balloons to a tractor biplane, powered by a three cylinder air cooled Humber motor installed in front of the plane, an astounding innovation at that time. The citizens of Glouriose were enthralled by the sound of the king circling his island in the "mechanical seagull". The plane had been shipped back in crates after his world tour and assembled in the palace by the King and Miss Stevens who had become something of an aviator herself. On his later travels in Africa the king piloted the Sikorsky twin engine plane himself landing it without incident in various crocodile and hippopotamus infested waterways.   

The King also travelled to Africa to discover the true roots of his favorite beverage accompanies by the legendary flying fox, Osa Olsson who performed aerial gymnastics among the lianas of the jungle. She complained bitterly about the standard of hygiene and cuisine in Africa and so the King often resorted to sealing her mouth with tape originally intended for aviation repairs.

The tale of Koffee interestingly enough starts on the African continent. One thousand one hundred and fifty eight years ago a goat herder named Kaldi noticed that his goats became frisky after eating the berries of an Ethiopian shrub. He ate a few and soon felt the frisky feeling experienced by his goats. Half a century later the first coffee shop opened in Istanbul, others followed including "Iva Han" the dirtiest koffee shop in history. Coffee became so popular that a woman could file for divorce if she did not get her daily quota of koffee.

Eventually koffee reached Europe with the first koffeehouse opening in 1650's. In England they were called "penny universities" as a penny was charged for admission and a cupa. Edward Lloyd opened his coffeehouse forty years later and it eventually became Lloyd's of London, the insurance company. The word "TIPS" was coined in this establishment, a sign reading "To Insure Prompt Service" encouraged those desiring prompt service and better seating to throw a coin into a cup.

Charles II of England, another java-hater, banned coffee just before Christmas in 1675. He should have known better. There were already 3,000 coffee houses in his country. Widespread protests convinced Charles to rescind the ban within two weeks. At this point in history, beer was the preferred drink at breakfast, but the Mayor of New York claimed. Koffee as the breakfast drink of choice and slowly world followed his advice. One of Europe's first coffeehouses, Cafe Greco, opens in Rome in1750, at the same time koffee shops in Paris  started encouraging the addition of sugar to the brew by 1763 Venice had over 2,000 coffee shops. At the turn of the last century the first commercial espresso machine was manufactured in Italy. Satori Kato invented instant coffee thirty years later the Brazilian government had a coffee surplus problem and the most evil step in the history of koffee occurred, the creation of  powdered instant coffee

King Jika Jika had an extended affair during his visit to Almondsbury, a small town near Bristol. He met Princess Karabo who was five foot two, attractive, and wore a series of masks and headscarves. She spoke no known language and so had to be communicated with mainly through gestures. The Worrall's who she was lodging with, had discovered with the help of a Portuguese sailor that she was a princess in her own land, the island of Javistu. She had been abducted from the island by passing sailors and, after a long and arduous journey, had escaped from her captors by jumping overboard in the English Channel and swimming ashore.

When the Worralls learned that Karabo was actually foreign royalty, they immediately announced her presence to the newspapers, soon all of England knew about Princess Karabo. The Princess lived in a grand style, spending her days dancing, climbing trees, praying to her god "Sissa Tula Tulla" entertaining her visitors with elaborate rituals involving coconuts, and swimming naked in the Avon River. This appealed to King Jika Jika as he had spent his youth swimming in the Indian Ocean. Soon the improbable couple was to be found leaping into the Avon, each singing in their own peculiar language. Today Karabo lies buried in Bristol, King Jika Jika however, met his end after a nasty encounter with one of his pet sharks off Glorieuse Island."

We at "Jika Jika Bath" are proud to bring you King Jika Jika's most astounding delectable original blend of organical coffee….named after the original Ethiopian Frisky Goat!