This blog isn't like most coffee blogs. I'm not a barista (though I was, once upon a time), and I'm not a hobbyist coffee enthusiast (though I am indeed enthusiastic about coffee). I'm a coffee educator and consultant, and I travel for development projects and teach classes in the USA and in coffee-producing countries. I don't work for any single roaster or coffee shop, so you get an unbiased expert opinion here... or at least the closest approximation I can manage, given my own personal preferences and friendships.
I also don't tend to post long musings on the meaning of customer service in the coffee industry in this postmodern world of ours, or other such navel-gazing nonsense. There's plenty of that out there, as I'm sure you've noticed. I like to keep my posts centered around my work, and my work centered around interesting stuff like week-long marathon tasting sessions, or trips to Africa. Of course, I also reserve the right to get philosophical, and therefore hypocritical, at any moment. It's my blog.
I was on the road for a development project when I got a notice from Foodista that I'd be featured on their homepage. So there won't be any new videos or anything till later this week... I'm busy working on my latest project in Puerto Rico. But if you stay tuned, I promise you pictures of deep purple colored dirt in a plastic baggy... trust me, it has something very interesting to do with coffee.
If you are new here, there's plenty to check out. I recommend the recent series on Panama... you can find the links in the side bar, "A new kind of hotness," "Getting high in Panama," and "Finca Sofia". Feel free to leave comments, and anyone who really loves coffee, professional, amateur, or aspiring know-it-all, is always free to email me at daniel at dot com coffeescholars, mutatis mutandis. I'll be back in the States with more material on Wednesday or so.