Coffee inspires creativity—this is merely an overflow of that. A bit of my coffee journey in the form of doodles and sketches.
January 31, 2012

It’s been a month since I started this project, and I’m still going strong. At least a doodle each day, documenting my exploration of everything coffee. I’ve had so much fun and been humbled by the amount of collaborations and projects I’ve been offered. It’s been a real joy to learn more about coffee, and there are tons to thank. I’ve had so much good coffee. Can’t wait to see what the rest of this project brings about.

Here are my doodles from this month:

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January 31, 2012

Less of a coffee doodle today, and more of a shout out to the recently crowned champion of the Northwest Barista Competition and the Brewer’s Cup: Devin Chapman. Congrats to him and all the hard work he put in. I’ve had chats with a few of the participants, and I know every single one of them put in tons of hours preparing and practicing.

Devin Chapman is with Coava Coffee.

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January 30, 2012

Had a great SoftBrew of Handsome’s San Sebastian. I can’t get over how amazing this coffee smells – the aromas carry over into the cup and present a very nice taste. I love this coffee.

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January 29, 2012

This week’s doodles feature: Intelligentsia, Verve Coffee (thanks to Jamie Ferguson), Kuma Coffee, Handsome Coffee Roasters, Kaffeologie (and their steel mesh), Luck Bros. Coffee House, the LA Coffee Club, Cup to Cup Coffee Roasters (thanks to Paul Yates).

This week, I want to thank:

1. Kaffeologie and Nate Jones: Nate was kind enough to send me a piece of scrap steel mesh to see if my doodles would stick on them – they did, and it was one of my favorite doodles yet, simply becuase of it’s unique nature. You can see some of the shots of the doodle here. Nate participated in the NWRBC this weekend and was really transparent and offered a lot of insight to the process while we were chatting. I appreciate that, because I’m simply trying to learn right now – people like Nate really encourage me and teach me a lot. Check out his post on the NWRBC here.

2. Jamie Ferguson and her Coffee Adventures: I think I thanked Jamie earlier this week, but I want to specifically thank her for giving me the opportunity to collaborate with her on a neat Moleskine Notebook doodle. Check out the doodle here. I had a lot of fun doing it, and I got some great Verve Coffee in return. Thanks, Jamie, and keep up the good work and exploration. Can’t wait to share a cup of coffee some day.

3. Jason Dominy: I talked about how awesome Jason is when I posted on Friday, but I’ll thank him again. My friend, Nate Okuley (@ndokuley) was treated to a nice tour of the Batdorf Roastery with Jason. I appreciate that, and I know Nate did too. Check out Nate’s post on the whole experience here.

4. LA Coffee Club: last week, I thanked LA Coffee Club for putting me on their site. This week, I’m thanking them for sending me some wonderful coffee from Handome Roasters and Freedom Roast Coffee in a sweet package. I love the creative things they’re doing. Also, I’m really excited to be collaborating with them and appreciate the opportunity.

5. Andy Luck and the baristas at Luck Bros. Coffee House: I had a great first experience over at Luck Bros. in Grandview Heights, OH. They roast their own coffee, serve it via single cup brewing methods, and whip up sweet latte art. I loved the two Clevers I was made, and appreciated the chat about coffee with you all. Keep up the good work, and I hope to see you again soon. I’d love to collaborate on bringing some coffee events to Columbus.

6. Thunderkiss Coffee Guy: we still haven’t officially met yet, but the roaster over at Thunderkiss has been awesome at giving me coffee recommendations and has given me a heads up multiple times when he’s going to roast, just in case I wanted to swing by. I really appreciate that transparency and helpfulness. I can’t wait to try your coffee, and to learn more about roasting from you.

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January 29, 2012

Made my first coffee from Handsome Coffee Roasters thank to the LA Coffee Club – absolutely wonderful. The aromas from the bag are overwhelming, and the clementine and brown sugar notes compliment each other nicely.

A huge thanks to the LA Coffee Club for hooking me up, and for making the overall “opening” experience great with their creative packaging. Check it out below.

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January 28, 2012

Started the morning off with a siphon pot of Verve’s Ethiopia Worka. Turned out quite nice- really tasted strawberry throughout the entire cup. Seriously, everything Verve does turns out beautifully

Today, I also visited a local Columbus coffee house located in Grandview Heights, Luck Bros. I knew this place was legitimate when one of the baristas was asked “will you microwave this coffee for me? It’s cold.” The barista dumped it out and responded with a sly “we don’t like to microwave things here, I’ll make you another.”

I ordered a Clever of both of the Guatemalas they had available, as well as a latte, complete with latte art. Quite tasty, and the barista whipped it up like a pro. Really enjoyed my chat with both baristas, and appreciated their insight and opinions on various brew methods. I was also lucky enough to have a brief chat with Andy, the owner and roaster.

Anyone in Columbus would grow in both their coffee knowledge and appreciation by visiting Luck Bros. Highly recommended.

Here’s today’s doodle.

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January 27, 2012

Kaffeologie makes great steel-mesh filters for all your favorite brewing methods. They were kind enough to send a piece of their steel mesh over to me to see if I could get some sort of ink to stick to it in order for me to do a doodle. Well, it worked, and the transparency of the mesh is awesome. One of my favorite doodles, simply because it’s on steel. Thanks, guys!

Here are the photos:

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January 27, 2012

It’s #FF on twitter – or, “Follow Friday,” and I just thought I’d expand a little bit on why I think you should follow certain people. Here is this week’s list:

@LACoffeeClub: I like them because they’re doing some cool things out in LA – bringing together local roasters and getting them out there to the general public. I love their design work, and really appreciate what they’re trying to do. I’m excited to be collaborating with these guys.

@BaratzaTalk: Joyce Klassen runs this account for Baratza. I was introduced to her when I found out I was the lucky winner of one of their contests. She does customer service so well, and always goes above and beyond simply promoting her company. I’ve appreciated my interactions with Joyce since day one.

@PaulCoffeeFreak: Paul loves coffee, but beyond that, he appreciates people. I’ve found so much value in Paul and in his interactions on twitter. He has helpful tips and offers them to any who will ask. I’m also excited to be working with him on a small project.

@CoffeeAdventure: Jamie set out to learn everything there is to know about coffee. She offers great coffee reviews, and is genuinely interested in what you have to say. I’ve had tons of helpful interactions with her as I have basically set out to do what she’s doing: learn about coffee.

@Kaffeologie: I love artisan-looking things, and I love steel coffee filters. So naturally, I love what Kaffeologie is doing. Go check them out and follow for interesting updates about their products.

@jasondominy: I don’t even know where to start. I’ve never met Jason, but the way he interacts and posts, you can tell that he values and appreciates people, community, and life – way more than even coffee. Jason is genuine in what he says -and not only does he post awesome insight about Batdorf and Bronson and the coffee world in general, he has great thought-provoking posts on his blog.

@DCILY: If you love coffee, this is a must-follow. DCILY posts everything good about coffee and culture, and has been really helpful in guiding me in some of my coffee endeavors – think brew methods, techniques, cafe locations, etc.

Go follow them!

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January 26, 2012

I received some of Verve’s Ethiopia Worka from Jamie Ferguson of “the Coffee Adventures” yesterday. First off, thank you!

Second, Verve’s packaging is magnificent. I can’t remember being as engaged and enthralled by packaging of any kind as I was by this coffee bag. Great work on the design.

This morning, I tried the Worka in a SoftBrew, and it turned out great – better, actually than in the AeroPress I made yesterday. Parameters were 36.5g of coffee, ground on setting 23 on the Baratza Maestro, to 495g of 198F water.

Overall, a fantastic cup of coffee, with very pronounced berry/fruit notes – has almost a syrupy taste to it. Very nice. So far, I love everything about Verve.

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January 25, 2012

Enjoyed a cup of Guatemala Antigua with a friend this morning. Aeropress at 18:215. Peachy and fruity with a nice, heavy, buttery feel toward the end of the cup.

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