I pulled together a list of publications about coffee that I think are pretty interesting and thought provoking. What do you think? Got anything to add?
These are a couple of the books I keep at the shop for staff and interested customers. “The World Atlas of Coffee” and “Coffee” are pretty technical and a good way to dig deep, while “God in a Cup” and “Uncommon Grounds” are more narratives about history, growers, and the people that make your coffee. I think this is a good mix, not all technical and not all storytelling. A great beginner box set for your new barista.
The first thing I did months and months before I even opened the doors to Church Alley Coffee Bar was subscribe to as many trade journals as I could find. Barista Magazine, Fresh Cup, and Roast Magazine are three of my favorites. They really keep their pulse on trends while making sure we don’t forget the fundamentals.
If you want to dig deep into specific questions about your coffee journey, check out Barista Forums. A couple years ago I got to spend a week learning the from the founders and it was a really interesting and thoughtful experience. The biggest lesson they had to say about opening a coffeeshop was stop looking for the template, there is none, nothing can help you except following your instincts and your personality. #truth
It was around the same time that I found Intelligentsia Coffee’s super cool video brewing guides! They are very well done and an easy explanation of almost any brewing type.
Sprudge is a great resource for what is happening right now. They do a ton of shop profiles and really are a spotlight of this moment in coffee.
More Publications, Websites etc:
There are so many instagram and facebook accounts that are doing a wonderful job of keeping track of this diverse and exciting industry that I mostly suggest picking a roaster on instagram that you know and love and then sitting back and clicking on. You will be able to find a ton of interesting people doing great things in coffee.
One my favorite women in coffee is Jen Chen. She has a great list already compiled of sites that I love. Check it out!
Cat & Cloud Podcast – This is a podcast from two men in a bromance that first bloomed at a barista competition. How cute! It’s a really great podcast that asks a ton of questions that only longer conversations could find. They interview unique people from all around industry and it gives you a well rounded education.