Good coffee is hard to find. I'm on a mission to make it easier. I started in Korea, moved to Sweden, and now I'm in New York, hunting for the best, and sharing the journey with you here. Send me a tip, feel free to share your own experiences or questions in the comments, and above all, drink better coffee! :)

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Inside Cenicafé, Colombia's national coffee research center

Inside Cenicafé, Colombia’s national coffee research center

Earlier this year I visited Colombia to see how coffee is grown, harvested, and processed. One of the most exciting, geeky parts of that trip was our visit to Cenicafé, Colombia’s 77 year old national coffee research center. Cenicafé is one of the world’s leading centers for scientific coffee research, looking for innovative ways to...
World Barista Championship 2015 Live Stream

World Barista Championship 2015 Live Stream

If you’re not immersed in the specialty coffee world, you might have missed that this is one of the biggest weekends in coffee – the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s humbly named annual “Event,” which also hosts the 2015 World Barista Championship. Now, these coffee competitions haven’t always been fun to watch. In fact, up...
Where does coffee come from? A Colombian case study (Part 2)

Where does coffee come from? A Colombian case study (Part 2)

If you missed Part 1 of my recent trip with Cafe de Colombia, check it out at “Where does coffee come from?.” We left off where farmer Alirio Rios and his pickers had harvested the coffee cherries. The next step is to remove the seeds at the beneficiadero, or processing station on the farm. It’s an...
Where does coffee come from? A Colombian Case Study

Where does coffee come from? A Colombian Case Study

A lot of terms are thrown around to describe where coffee comes from. This is especially true in our world of ‘single origin’ coffees, where we’re more interested in epicurean discovery than a quick jolt of caffeine or a ‘bold,’ ‘balanced’ base for a cup full of milk and sugar. The more we focus on...
New Books about Coffee Roasting & Production

New Books about Coffee Roasting & Production

Two coffee books worth checking out – one recently released by Scott Rao, called ‘The Coffee Roaster’s Companion,’ and another coming soon by James Hoffmann, called ‘The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing — Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed.’   The Coffee Roaster’s Companion A co-owner of Montreal’s Cafe Myriade, Scott Rao has published...
Instant Coffee Past and Present

Instant Coffee Past and Present

Smithsonian magazine started a recent article with the question, “is there a future for instant coffee?” For most of us reading this site, the answer is probably no (right?!) but this is an interesting point of departure for a tour of the current instant coffee market and its history. They point out that the instant...
Inside the Service Economy - Brooklyn's Barista Class

Inside the Service Economy – Brooklyn’s Barista Class

A long, personal, winding tale of one barista’s experiences and ruminations. Take a look at what life is like on the other side of the bar, and how it feels to be part of the socio-economic evolution of New York’s gentrifying neighborhoods and the service industry that symbiotically subsists on it and helps the process...
Check out Stumptown Coffee's source videos

Check out Stumptown Coffee’s source videos

I just came across these awesome videos put out by Stumptown Coffee & produced by filmmaker Trevor Fife, showcasing the various locations where they source coffee and the people that live and work in and around the farms. Check them out below and get a brief, beautiful glimpse into where your high-end coffees are coming...
Recommended Specialty Coffee Roasters

Recommended Specialty Coffee Roasters

The first step in improving your coffee at home is to start with fresh beans from a quality focused roaster. If you can find one locally, even better. I recently realized that I don’t have a consolidated list of recommended roasters on FRSHGRND, so I’ve started making a list here. I plan to update &...
Huell Howser on LA's New Coffee Culture

Huell Howser on LA’s New Coffee Culture

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Huell Howser has had a number of shows on public television exploring California’s many hidden gems, history, and culture, and he’s something of an institution with his primary show, California’s Gold, spanning 18 seasons. I grew up watching them, though sadly he passed away last week, so in memory I...
Barista Health & Workplace Safety

Barista Health & Workplace Safety

            Alex Bernson at Sprudge.com has an interesting article up based on a pretty significant research project he’s been doing. Using survey data collected from 475 coffee professionals, he’s produced a three part series exploring the health impacts faced by the people who prepare your daily coffee. Workplace health and...
World Barista Championship, 2012

World Barista Championship, 2012

Over the last few days the world’s best baristas have been battling it out over in Vienna for the 2012 World Barista Championship. I’ve been too busy to watch it live given that I’m traveling at the moment, but it’s always worth watching these presentations to see what the state of the art is in...