C O F F E E

(Week of 8/12/18)

What is the proper etiquette for responding to the friend across the dinner table from you articulating, with no insignificant degree of giddy enthusiasm, their daily coffee-making ritual involving six separate timed intervals, a $300 glass heating apparatus and only the finest single origin beans? We're not sure, but we've found ourselves in enough variations of this conversation lately to decide it was worth dedicating a list to getting ourselves up to speed on all things hipster coffee culture.

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SOME GUIDES TO GET YOU STARTED

Peruse these guides to understand different brewing methods, coffee bean flavor profiles, how to choose the right grind and coffee cupping.

 

the industry behind

Watch this documentary about the coffee supply chain, read this FT article about algorithms driving the coffee market and watch this incredibly uncomfortable video about how you, too, can become a coffee trader.

 

COFFEE SHOP CULTURE

Read this Harvard Business Review explanation about how Starbucks drove coffee culture, and these two articles about who's keeping it going.

 

coffee & the environment

Read this BBC story about how climate change impacts coffee, consider maybe not using so many K-Cups and learn some creative ways to recycle old coffee grinds.

 

oh, dear god

Read about the world's most expensive coffee, which is made with poop. And. . . we're done.