Coffee inspires creativity—this is merely an overflow of that. A bit of my coffee journey in the form of doodles and sketches.
June 26, 2012

I’m starting to see more and more space between each filter doodle—I used to try to do a filter every day to chronicle what I learned or brewed that day. Thankfully, it’s not because I’m losing steam—my time is split between this project, maintaining a balanced lifestyle, and being involved in some neat collaborations and freelance drawing projects. I try not to write a ton on here—it’s not my favorite thing to do, and I don’t feel like I have a ton to add that’s worth talking about—but I feel a need to thank the coffee community for being such a support, and for making this year such a special one for me already. I anticipate some really cool things in the future, and I appreciate each and every time I get to peel back the “internet curtain” and actually meet folks in the industry. So, thanks.

It’s always exciting to receive a new coffee—but its even more exciting to receive a new coffee from a roaster who’s raving about said coffee. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a bag of Panama Carmen from Kuma. Mark Barany—head roaster at Kuma—sent it over to me, knowing that the Panama Elida Estate crop from last year was one of my first loves.


In a conversation last week, Mark described the Panama Carmen as being full of “dried bing cherries, caramel, perfumed lime blossom, and green grapes.” It’s an extremely aromatic coffee—in fact, during brewing, I think it smells like berries and creme.

Be on the lookout for its launch in the near future—it’s a nice coffee to add to your queue. Also, if you’re a Kuma fan, check out the Chemex t-shirts we teamed up on—there aren’t many left!

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Ben Blake

I want to learn everything there is to know about coffee. I have an amazing wife, a great family, and a beautiful white husky, and I love coffee.