Hipsters, coffee and authenticity

I don’t really like the word hipster, nor do I condone its usage (despite occasional indulgence), but I did spend some time recently trying to work out what it meant and what we mean when we use it. It isn’t really a cultural label the way “goth” or “mod” were and are. I think the… Continue reading

An admission of failure

Maybe I set the bar too high in my own mind, maybe I wasn’t sufficiently clear and maybe (the most likely explanation) it just wasn’t that good of an idea to start with. UPDATE: Twitter has informed me that the problem is my expectations, and that I should stop being churlish for what many would… Continue reading

An Introduction to Acidity

This is the first topic in the learning project series of posts. Please click through at the end to share a link for further reading on the topic. Acidity is an important part of coffee, and weaves its way through the entire supply chain of the industry from variety to picking, from process to roasting… Continue reading

A worrying situation in Nyeri

Nyeri is a county in Kenya that produces some of the stunning coffees we’ve come to love. Coffee in the region is generally produced by small holders, rather than larger estates, which means we are used to seeing traceability down to the local factories (the term used in Kenya for a wet mill) that farmer’s… Continue reading

Planning for 2014

I’m not a New Years resolutions kind of person, but I do like a little planning. Years are as good an arbitrary unit as any other, so it seems appropriate to be looking ahead to what I want to achieve in 2014. I don’t plan on sharing every single goal but I can probably summarise… Continue reading

Coffee Blogs I’m Reading

There was a question on twitter the other day asking what coffee blogs I’m reading, and I think the answer probably requires a blog post. In the past I’ve posted enormous, long lists of blogs that I subscribe to but that probably isn’t helpful if you want to add a couple more to your reading… Continue reading

I’m not calling it theft

A hypothetical situation: You’re visiting a nice coffee shop in a different city, and you get recognised as a coffee person. You’ve queued up and you’ve got your $3 in hand ready to pay for your coffee. Instead your barista, seeing as you’re industry, gives you the coffee for free. You do what you think… Continue reading