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Once you stick your head down the coffee rabbit hole, it can be nearly impossible to satisfy that hunger for greater understanding and greater skill.
At first, coffee is a black mystery juice. Then it becomes a liquid with some variation between origins.
Before long, you’re tasting specific acids and adjusting the grind in such small increments that you cannot see the difference – but you can taste it.
The rabbit hole goes deep.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of internet resources for coffee (including Coffee Brew Guides), but the following have stuck out to me in significant ways, and have pushed me to new levels of coffee understanding and appreciation.
1. Perfect Daily Grind
This newcomer to specialty coffee online magazines has no shortage of incredible content. They include a wide range of topics in their writing and find contributors from all over the world.
2. Coffee Marketing School
If you’ve ever wanted to start a coffee business, marketing is one of the skill sets you’ll have to learn. With thousands upon thousands of coffee companies out there, you can’t afford NOT to learn how to stand out, thrive at e-commerce, master email marketing, and beyond.
Nobody does coffee industry and culture news like Sprudge. While the educational side of things may not be priority, their coverage of innovation and business in coffee culture is unmatched.
4. I Need Coffee
Being updated weekly since 1999, this blog is a treasure trove of coffee information. It may take some time to scroll through the hundreds of articles to find something you’re fascinated by, but it’s worth it!
5. SCAA Chronicle
This online publication by the Specialty Coffee Association of America is face-to-face with the specialty coffee industry’s deep and dirty questions and news. This resource is definitely for the in-deep coffee professional or very-in-deep enthusiast.
James Hoffmann, 2007 World Barista Champion and Director of Square Mile Coffee Roasters has many years of coffee experience and is well-connected. He is clearly a well-rounded coffee professional based on how his articles are written.
7. Daily Coffee News
When it comes to raw, unbiased news in the specialty coffee industry, Daily Coffee News is where it’s at. The online publication of Roast Magazine, DCN’s articles are well-researched and well-reported.
8. The Coffee Compass
The experienced coffee professionals behind The Coffee Compass are not just skilled at slinging espresso, but also at writing compelling content. From gear reviews to industry news, these guys have the background and voice for approachable and informative content.
I would love to hear about other well-rounded sources for continued coffee education. If you know of another source or a particular article that stands above the rest, drop a comment down below!