A Table in the Corner of the Cafe is not the be-all, end-all source for all things coffee. I know it’s surprising, but it’s true. When it comes to coffee blogs, there are all sorts of resources out there that are very beneficial – some sites focus on coffee or cafe reviews, some focus on hardware reviews, some focus on industry news, and others focus on coffee culture.
But coffee is a vast subject and the Internet is an enormous place – isn’t there an easier way to find really great content without sifting through pages and pages of Google search results?
Below is a small collection of just some of my favorite coffee blogs that the Interwebs have to offer. I visit some of these sites on a daily basis, and I think that you should too.
“I graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2010 and, a mountain of debt later, I find myself working as a barista, as most artists do at some point in their lives. Working in coffee is a wonderful, awful, hilarious, frustrating, disgusting, rewarding, degrading, challenging and exhausting way to earn a living. For every moment you hate as a barista, there is a moment you love, that makes you want to brew coffee forever; for every polite and sweet old lady at the counter, there’s a middle-aged man on a cell phone, throwing his money on the counter at you.
“Life is a balancing act as a barista. Life’s a bottomless cup of coffee.
“Life’s a grind.”
“If you’re enjoying a craft cup of coffee, a lot of people helped make that happen. On a fundamental level, somewhere a farmer (or farmers) cared about growing a quality product. When the coffee was sorted and processed someone cared to use more involved techniques to preserve quality. The importer likely employed state of the art technology to keep the green coffee fresh. The roaster developed a roast profile to bring out the salient flavor characteristics of that specific coffee. And finally, someone, whether it was a barista at your local cafe or you in your kitchen, carefully ground and brewed the coffee to ensure proper extraction. Indeed, coffee is a complicated, multifaceted, beautiful craft.”
“GROUND TO GROUNDS IS AN ONLINE PUBLICATION FEATURING EYE-OPENING CONVERSATIONS ON THE WORLD OF COFFEE CULTURE, FROM FARM TO CUP AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.
“We aspire to provide you with an enlightened, thoughtful and gorgeous perspective on the global and local forces at play when you buy or make a cup of coffee – from the farmers, roasters and baristas to you. Based out of San Francisco, California, we are a team of story-tellers, designers, photographers and coffee-lovers fascinated by the bourgeoning world of coffee and it’s tangential cultural influences. Please follow along, and enjoy the ride!”
“Coffee inspires creativity. This is merely an overflow of that. A bit of my coffee journey in the form of doodles and sketches.”
“Welcome to Sprudge.com, your daily source of coffee news, rumor, innuendo and intrigue. Started in 2009 by longtime friends Zachary Carlsen and Jordan Michelman, Sprudge seeks to be an ever-expanding clearinghouse of international coffee culture, a crossroads for the coffee-minded, and a rumpus room for coffee professionals and enthusiasts this world over.
“We want to be a part of your daily routine, your new favorite cafe conversation starter, something you can laugh about with your fellow baristas and erstwhile coffee comrades. We’re Sprudge.com – The World’s Most Trusted Coffee Tabloid.”
“Coffee is everywhere, but great coffee is a rare combination of farmer, roaster, and barista each building on each other’s work in a transnational process fraught with potential for failure. When you taste great coffee, it’s the result of a chain of people doing their jobs with great skill and attention to detail. That’s unfortunately rare. My goal with this blog is to find the people making great coffee all around the world, and tell you how to get there, while sharing the experience.”
“A fine diversion for your Wednesday afternoon: Cappuccino Sandwich, ‘a daily documentation uploaded in real-time of the ubiquitous coffee-drinking/book-reading routine’ from Melbourne-based barista Amy May Stuart. Ms. Stuart – formerly of Melbourne’s St. Ali, now of Melbourne’s Auction Rooms – is quite the literary aesthete, with a voracious reading habit that includes authors like Tom Wolfe and David Foster Wallace, both certified points of obsession for the publishers of this website.
“This Tumblog is presented in never-ending scroll style, and features a contribution page called ‘Your Mate‘. Tweet to @capsandwich and send your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org.” – Sprudge.com
“My name is James Hoffmann, and this is my personal blog about coffee. I am the World Barista Champion 2007, having won the UK Barista competition in both 2006 & 2007.
“I currently focused on Square Mile Coffee Roasters, and working with our wholesale clients on training, education and business development takes up much of my working day. However I still continue to be involved in various aspects the industry.”
“He is David. An analytical thinker with a strong inclination to seek every morsel of knowledge on how things function. He is driven to find the core of every issue in order to amend or avoid it. His pursuit of a more minimalist lifestyle infused with his burgeoning affection for C. arabica kindled the purista in him.
“She is Mae. An exuberant dreamer and visionary. Her kinship with coffee is one of the most enduring and defining aspects of her persona. Following suit in her husband’s passion towards minimalism she coined “purista” as the proper term for their niche in the coffee industry.
“Together they lend their voices, knowledge, and principles to this dwelling. A place for those that share their ardor to seek culture, education, and share experience related to coffee without too much fluff. Home baristas and budding coffee enthusiasts will find themselves right at home, in an environment fostering their growing passions and thirst for knowledge on Caffea.”
“The blog is really just to follow my little journey through speciality coffee. It’s going to be very sarcastic and cynical. I am that way. Deal.
I like Speciality Coffee. The kind of coffee that could win a Cup of Excellence, or a Barista Competition. Freshly roasted to retain the individual characteristics of the farm. Not roasted to homogeneity. That’s what I like. Does that make me a snooty jerk? Probably not. Everyone has something that they specialize in, something they are passionate about. Outside of that field, you might think that they are crazy… but within the field of Olympic Curling, for example, I’m sure there are deep debates about what animal hair to use for a Curling broom. Such is the specificity we can achieve when groups of people band together in common interest. It’s not for everyone, and it’s not supposed to be.
“I am a trainee barista in a Speciality Coffee shop. I don’t represent that shop, because it’s not mine… and my boss’s do an excellent job representing themselves. If you want to read a blog done by someone with tons of experience in the field, someone who owns their own Speciality Coffee shop, someone who has won his country’s Barista Competition and become a world finalist… go here.
“My own blog is mostly here for me, made public for anyone that has any use for it. There should be precious few of you. Those that endure will be treated to my own thoughts on the industry. These thoughts are generally fairly harsh. I’m not here to join the self-congratulatory back-patting. Nor to join the arrogant, defensively aggressive “us vs Commercial coffee” revolution.
“I love coffee, and I love the pursuit of excellence. I hate posturing and pandering.
“Watch this space.”