Coffee blogs I read

by on September 5, 2012

My initial interest in coffee stemmed from my work with migratory birds, which spend the winter in coffee-growing regions, and often on shade coffee farms. All good ecologists understand inter-connectedness, so I read a lot of coffee-centric web sites to gain an understanding of how everything fits together. But my primary focus on sustainability; the environmental and ecological impacts of coffee; and how consumers, society, and the industry make their choices (my minor was in sociology) has meant my main coffee reading list contains some unique voices outside the usual industry, roaster, and barista blogs. Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order, along with a link to a few posts that exemplify why I’ve found them so useful.

CRS CoffeelandsMichael Sheridan writes this informed, thoughtful, clear-headed blog on his work with smallholders in Latin America for Catholic Relief Services.  When you’re ready to go beyond all the feel-good fluff of baristas at origin and corporate do-gooding in the supply chain, find out what it’s really like for small farmers trying to make a living.

Espresso News and Reviews – TheShot.coffeeratings.com. Although subtitled “Rants and Raves on Espresso”, Greg Sherwin often writes about wider topics having to do with the consumer/industry interface.

Muddy Dog Roasting Co. blog – Jim Pellegrini is the owner of North Carolina’s Muddy Dog Roasting. His keen knowledge of artisan foods, business, and coffee plus a strong voice equals great analyses.

Sustainable Harvest blog – The blog of the specialty coffee importers Sustainable Harvest, a terrific Certified B company that will change your mind about “the middleman” forever.

Small Farmers. Big Change — The blog of Equal Exchange. Not only great stories of small holders, but very interesting stuff on bananas and fair trade as a whole.

Finally, not really a coffee blog, but…

Agricultural Biodiversity WeblogLuigi Guarino and Jeremy Cherfas gather news, comment and write about…agricultural biodiversity. It is extremely wide-ranging, so while coffee makes only occasional appearances, there is a wealth of information on every aspect of biodiversity in agriculture: genetic resources, maps. databases, biodiversity infomatics, research well publicized and obscure, it’s all there. Academic and wonky — I love it.

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Luigi September 5, 2012 at 7:46 am

Thanks for the namecheck! We follow you too, as you can see…

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Michael Sheridan September 5, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Julie:

Thanks so much for the kind words. For what it’s worth, C+C is on my short list of don’t miss coffee blogs. And I am not just saying that because you did!

Michael

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Peacock Tea and Coffee October 17, 2012 at 9:59 am

great post! I love home brewed gourmet coffee

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