About the Coffee Curmudgeon…The CoffeeCurmudgeon wants to stimulate thoughtful conversation among consumers and members of the coffee industry. In an effort to start that conversation, the CoffeeCurmudgeon will, at times, take on the role of devil’s advocate or put forth a contrarian point of view in the hope of engendering constructive dialog. With any luck, that interchange will occur over a great cup of coffee. (Whether or not it is person-to-person or keyboard-to-keyboard.) The CoffeeCurmudgeon is where you'll find an intentionally provocative look at coffee by someone who has been working with and writing about the stuff for over thirty years. Topics are divided into those addressed to the coffee drinker and to those who work with coffee. (But you are allowed to read both!) Some future topics may cover... Is espresso bad for coffee? Do chefs hate coffee? Is Fair Trade fair? The language of coffee... The limits of cupping... WHAT DO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT?
Author Archives: Timothy
I used to think I was a coffee expert, when I knew a whole lot less about coffee. Even still, though, coffee is the thing I know the most about and when I hear something in the news about coffee … finish reading A New Page: Coffee in the Media
There’s was some discussion several weeks ago about the efforts that a particular restaurant, Noma in Copenhagen, was making to serve a very good cup of coffee. First, there was this article by Oliver Strand on Sprudge.com, Oliver Strand On … finish reading Yet More On Coffee in Restaurants
I was asked if I would write some posts emanating out of the SCAA’s 5th Annual Symposium… in addition to their posting them on their blog page I have posted them here as well on a separate page for SCAA … finish reading Comments from the Specialty Coffee of America 2013 Symposium
Has Coffee Ever Lived up to it’s Promise? Has the taste of coffee ever lived up to the seducing aroma of its first whiff? For me it has not. From the time I was allowed coffee as a child, I … finish reading The Aroma of Coffee and the Memory of it…
NPR has a podcast called “It’s All Politics” that I highly recommend and the two guys (Ron Elving and Ken Rudin) that put it together and are featured on it each week often refer to their “listener” in the singular…although … finish reading “High Praise” for “Strong Coffee” (The beverage, if not my actual post…)
So what do I mean by STRONG (see last post)? It is, after all, a relative term. Here is how I brew coffee: 1) I use freshly boiled water that is either filterer or bottled (the important thing is getting … finish reading So, what’s “strong” coffee?
Weak Coffee I do not understand weak coffee and never have… I used to think, when I first got in the coffee business, that this had something to do with the cost of coffee; that coffee drinkers were being stingy, … finish reading Weak Coffee, Part One
Oh, the slings and arrows (all self-shot*) of my outrageous fortune…I lift a listless paw, backhanded, to my deeply furrowed brow (can everyone see the furrowed brow?) and beseech my non-existent reader (almost made the plural, with an “s” —?!?hah!) … finish reading He’s ALIVE! (My POST-Halloween, awaking from a coma, etc, Post.)