Hello. My name is Drew Moody. Welcome to A Table in the Corner of the Cafe. Feel free to pull up a chair.
I built this Table in the Spring of 2011. I was a barista at the time, working at a shop in Chicago; but after years of searching for higher employment, I was given the opportunity to perform my passion of writing and editing in the corporate world. I left the coffee industry after being in it for almost ten years to pursue other career interests, but my heart was still with my favorite beverage—coffee.
A Table in the Corner of the Cafe was my compromise. By starting this blog, I was able to keep one foot in the coffee industry and the other in the corporate world. A Table in the Corner of the Cafe is dedicated to specialty coffee and cafe reviews, primarily, but also features reviews of other craft beverages—such as beer, spirits, soda, and tea. Sometimes, I’ll even take a moment to share some of my opinions of the coffee industry from a consumer’s perspective.
How the Table Works
Every coffee submitted to the Table for review undergoes a lengthy review process. The coffee is evaluated with a dual evaluation system—first by cupping. Coffee cupping is the practice of observing the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee. It is a professional practice—used by buyers, importers, roasters, and baristas—but can be done informally by anyone; even you!
After the initial cupping session, the coffee undergoes a standard brewing evaluation using multiple devices over the span of several days. I do this so I can get a better idea of what the coffee tastes like when it’s being consumed casually.
I then collect all my findings and, in narrative form, write my review. Rather than writing evaluations of the coffee through every brewing device I used, I prefer to write a more holistic review that summarizes my findings across all the devices. In the event that a reader doesn’t have one of the brewing devices I employed during my brewing evaluation, that reader won’t be able to identify with my experience. Writing reviews that take into account all of the flavors I come across, I think, is more relatable for the reader.
I don’t score or even rate coffees; to learn more about why I made this decision, please refer to my article, “Keep No Score.”
How Submissions Work
Unless otherwise noted, all products reviewed by A Table in the Corner of the Cafe are unsolicited submissions (at no cost to me) from the product’s manufacturer. In exchange for these submissions, I provide the company with a free ad that links to their website in my right sidebar, an unbiased evaluation of their product, and social media promotion across various channels (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Reddit).
I do not and will never charge companies to evaluate their products.
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