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 J. Castle
It has been some time since I have posted anything here. I have “thought I should” many, many times. I am now moved to say something when, ironically, I feel my voice, un-voiced for so long, was being misappropriated. Some … finish reading Many (Most?) SCAA Past Presidents Support SCAA/SCAE Unification
“Issue” Coffee and “Sustainability” and our appreciation of it… It’s well documented that our preconceptions of a gustatory product have a strong influence on our perceived appreciation of it (whether it be negative or positive). Those preconceptions can be bundled … finish reading “Issue” Coffee and “Sustainability”
Yrgacheffe and a favorite coffee… (a follow up to my previous post, for those of you with looong memories!). As a curmudgeon I take it with high dudgeon (cute, huh?) that people appreciate the transient nuances and subtle differences of … finish reading The “best” coffee…a “favorite” coffee and what IS a Yrgacheffe, anyway?