Learning about coffee and coffee shops: Podcasts

Recently I’ve been writing a few blog posts which highlight where I learn about coffee, cafes, and coffee cultures. Previous posts have covered books, magazines, and blogs/websites. Today’s post introduces some of the podcasts I listen to, some of them are still active, while others have finished but are still useful repositories of coffee knowledge.

The Coffee Podcast: ‘People-focused coffee talk’ produced by Weston Peterson and Jesse Hartman. Moving beyond talking about the café and the coffee, these podcasts explore some of the people that make the coffee industry what it is today. Beyond this, the podcast covers a whole range of issues related to coffee from home brewing, sustainability, to grinding and roasting. Now on Episode 81 there’s a huge amount of material here. I particularly like their most recent podcast on ‘What is Specialty Coffee?’ where they talk to the SCA Executive Director Ric Rhinehart.

The SprudgeCast produced by the co-founders of the specialty coffee website, Sprudge, Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen explores the world of specialty coffee. There are now 40 Episodes, each covering a range of specialty coffee topics. The most recent was recorded at an evening event at Prufrock in London during the London Coffee Festival and they talk to a number of guests about their activities in specialty coffee.  Often out on location, these podcasts literally bring you a world of specialty coffee, including: Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and Dublin as well as a number of locations in the US.

In the Orange Cactus Coffee podcasts Mike and Jake explore a range of issues in specialty coffee. Here there are two types of podcast: the full episodes covering topics from brewing tips, coffee and cafes reviews to what a ‘dream café’ would look like; as well as the Daily Ristretto with shorter topical discussions from third wave water to types of kettles.  They also have a series of videos about coffee too. I discovered these guys after some conversations on twitter, and I was really happy to hear they like reading my work too – after they mentioned the blog in a recent episode of the Daily Ristretto on Coffee In Neighborhhoods.

In addition to James Hoffman’s Jim seven podcast, he has also produced the Coffee Jobs Podcast where he talks to a range of people who work in coffee about their lives in coffee, how they got there, and advice they have for people working in the coffee industry. In each episode, James explores a different career in coffee, including: Jenni Bryant(Market Lane), Ellie Hudson (Specialty Coffee Association of America), Mikaela Wallgren & Klaus Thomsen (Coffee Collective), Laila Wilbur (Cherry Street), Charles Babinski (G&B Coffee), Anne Lunell (Koppi Coffee), Michael Phillips (Blue Bottle Coffee), Gwilym Davies (Prufrock) and Colin Harmon (3FE).

Tamper Tantrum is more than a podcast really, as they say on their website – it’s a platform dedicated to broadcasting stories from interesting people in the coffee industr. It’s been described as “one of the world’s premier platforms for coffee bickering, brainstorming, and live speaking engagements”. The podcasts talk about everything you can imagine in the coffee industry with various special guests, and often related to live events (the videos attached to the podcasts are on the website too). Now with 78 episodes there’s quite a back catalogue to get through. I particularly like the episodes on the business models of coffee roasteries, the Business of Brewing from the Manchester Coffee Festival, the debate about Barista Competitions, and Barista Attitude & Third Wave Shops.

Boss Barista is a podcast produced by Jasper Wilde and Ashley Rodriguez, connected to the website Permanent Barista, which explores the experiences of and issues related to working as a coffee service professional. From discussions about age discrimination in the coffee industry, identity in coffee, to discussions of self-care working in the coffee industry, this podcast is great for beginning to explore the human side of the coffee industry.

Cat & Cloud produced by Jared Truby and Chris Baca, is a website which acts as a platform for a number of creative projects, one of which is the coffee podcast. They also have their own coffee, I’m intrigued by the blend called ‘the answer’. I particularly like the episodes SCAA then and SCA now, 1st, 2nd and 3rd waves, Social media and authenticity, and How do we benefit? Dial in.

Coffee Awesome, as the tag line says, is a podcast about coffee. Produced by Bjørg Brend Laird, who through interviews and discussions from across the coffee industry, explores a range of coffee topics from the geography and production of coffee, to the business of cafes, as well as brewing techniques, and the science of coffee.

 

Boise Coffee, is a website produced by Colin Mansfield, that reviews and discusses, coffee, brewing methods and other coffee-related topics. There is also a podcast which tends to discuss more of the general topics around coffee, from the history of Irish Coffee, cities and their coffee cultures, to developing latte art and perfecting espresso.

 

 

The Right Roast isn’t really a podcast, instead it’s a series of videos taking you on a global adventure with coffee. I discovered the site when looking for some information about coffee culture in Japan, and the two part series on Tokyo Coffee Scene caught my attention (Part 1, Part 2) – but there are lots of great insights here from all over the world.

 

 

Coffee is Me, produced by Valerian, is a podcast about all things coffee. Like many coffee podcasts this one has a website too which provides a lot more content beyond the audio itself. I particularly like the episodes ‘What does a Rwandan Barista dream of?’. and ‘Coffee in Iran’.

 

 

The AudioCafe: for Baristas, coffee houses, coffee lovers is a podcast produced by Levi Andersen, which explores different issues in the specialty coffee world. Like many of the other podcasts, the topics covered are wide ranging from how to source green coffee, to considering barista training in a coffee house, and with 61 episodes to get through so far, there’s plenty to get through. I particularly like the episode on baristas as global brand ambassadors (no.26), and the journey to the World Barista Championship (no.24).

The Coffee Geek podcast which no longer has new episodes being produced still holds a wealth of information and is worth listening to. The majority of the episodes were produced from 2005-2009, although there are a few in later years. For a window into how coffee culture developed, particularly in the US in the mid to late 2000s, this is a great place to start.

 

 

I Brew My Own Coffee hosted by Brian Betke & Bryan Schiele talk about everything related to making coffee at home (and topics related to this from across the coffee industry). Now up to Episode 52 this podcasts covers issues from Third Wave Water, Home Espresso Basics, Sourcing and Seasonality, to Pour Over Brewing. I particularly like the episode which talks about the Aeropress which has pretty much become my standard method of making coffee at home.

 

So this is where I listen and learn about coffee and the coffee industry. Are there any other podcasts about coffee, cafes and coffee culture that I’ve missed and really should be listening to?

 

 

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