Video Q&A Volume 1

I don’t post every video I make on this blog, but this one seemed relevant. It’s a bit of an experiment at this stage, but it felt like a fun way to do a Q&A. This round used questions taken from Twitter, and I have a few questions from Facebook (I haven’t forgotten, those who asked things!) to make up the next one. Perhaps I’ll do a Youtube one, or a Reddit one for r/coffee and obviously one from the contact form on here. (All of this presumes that people like the format/the video – so do please let me know your thoughts)

Topics covered:

  • Speciality Pods and Instant
  • Saturation in the coffee market
  • Cupping for Espresso
  • Will roasters buy coffee farms?
  • Automation in Roasting
  • Simplicity vs Selections in Cafes

Coffee Jobs Board Update

Work continues apace at Coffee Jobs Board, and I thought I’d post a quick summary of what’s going on with four key new features: Training Directory For baristas or other coffee professionals looking for places to learn, we now have a directory of businesses and training schools that offer training, courses, certifications and classes. Click… Continue reading

Survey Results: Consumer Vs Industry

I went into this survey to test a hypothesis: the industry buys coffee in a different way than its consumers. No one would be particularly shocked by this, but I wanted to just scratch the surface on this and then think a little about the particular implications. In total the survey received about 1,200 responses…. Continue reading

Your current bag of coffee

I’m hoping that you’ll take 2 minutes to answer the questions on this survey. It’s a survey about the last bag of coffee you bought, the bag you’re drinking at home right now. As always, the results will be public on here after it closes, but I don’t want to say too much more for… Continue reading

Quick Hack: Getting Rid of Static

I made a quick video about getting rid of static when you’re grinding coffee. I hope you try it and like it, but I do want to talk quickly about attribution of ideas.

I think it is important to try and attribute ideas whenever you’re sharing someone else’s work, eve if you feel you’re adding or innovating on top of it. In this case, I attributed to the person I’d learned it from (jepy) without realising that this is a well-known technique dating back to 2005 and – the newsgroup that so many interesting ideas in coffee came from! I learned this when someone shared a Home Barista post I somehow missed, created back in 2012.

It’s a nice reminder that most new ideas are old ideas (I think this is going to prove painfully true in the next phase of speciality coffee worldwide – that’s for an upcoming post though) and that it doesn’t hurt to try a little harder when researching where things come from. Thanks to all who quickly corrected me, and shared the RDT (Ross Droplet Techniques) origins. (Though I have to say I prefer the spoon handle method of adding water over adding droplets directly to the beans…)

Enjoy the video!

Coffee isn’t cool

It’s easy to let an idea take root in your thinking. It feels, for a moment, insightful and perhaps even useful. What happens then is most likely a case of confirmation bias – you begin to see things that confirm your idea, that support and strength your particular insight. In my case, it is the… Continue reading

The best of jimseven book is here!

A little over a year ago I asked on here if people were interested in a best of book. Enough people said yes that I thought it was worth pursuing and over the last year I’ve been working on turning this into a reality.

I’ve invested my time and money and the book is now done. The cover is designed, the book layout is done, proofreading and copyediting are done. It is now ready to go to print. Printing books is expensive, especially if you want to print a cloth bound, foil debossed hardback book because you think books should be beautiful things.

As such I’m preselling the book through a crowdfunding project on Indiegogo. This is to fund the one and only print run of this book that I will ever do. 1

Over the last decade, I’ve never monetised this blog. Instead, I chose to cover the costs of creating and running it from my own pocket. My motivations for writing here were always to learn and share, and this was never a thing I wanted to mix with money.

Obviously selling this book is different. I’m proud of the work I’ve done here, and in the process of selecting the contents of the book I’m still surprised at just how much I’ve written here. In going back through the archives I felt posts that I liked a lot have likely gotten lost, and I think this is a good opportunity to share them again.

I wanted to make a book to take the best of what I’ve written and to make it easy and enjoyable to read. I also wanted it to be beautiful. If you don’t want a physical book then there’ll also be an ebook (in both .mobi and .epub version) available too – properly formatted for those devices.

The book is going to be a hardback with the same dimensions as the World Atlas of Coffee. I wanted them to look good sat next to each other on a shelf. It isn’t quite as long as the Atlas, at 200 pages, but the slightly heavier paper stock means it will be pretty close in size. Despite the small run size, I’ve done my best to keep the price as low as possible. I’m am interested in producing something I’m proud of, and that I love, and making it as accessible as possible.

I’m hesitant to ask you, my reader, for much. I’d love your support for this project, and it would mean a lot. I hope that, over the years, you’ve found something of value here.

Whether your support comes as backing the project and buying a book, or just sharing it on social media with people who might enjoy it, I am very grateful for your support.

Thank you.

The best of jimseven 2004-2015 on Indiegogo

  1. The ebook version will be available ongoing  ↩︎