When I first started the Coffee Concierge back in 2012, I was kind of trapped in my own little bubble.
What I mean by this is that I didn’t really read a whole lot of coffee blogs.
And to be honest, I really regret this.
These days, I read coffee blogs a lot more ravenously.
I learn a ton by reading and watching what others are doing, and I thought I’d pay tribute to some of these fine folks today by sharing my favorites.
My hope is that you will discover some great coffee content that you weren’t previously aware of. Keep in mind, these are just my personal favorite coffee blogs (and vlogs) listed in no particular order.
General Coffee Content
The following coffee blogs cover everything from equipment reviews to tips for making better coffee. Like The Coffee Concierge, none of these blogs focus on one coffee topic.
Chris is such a breath of fresh air in an industry that is frankly way too full of itself.
As one of the founders and owners of Cat & Cloud Coffee (Santa Cruz, CA), Chris has a popular YouTube channel where he shares his knowledge and passion for coffee, skating, videography, and just…life stuff.
If you could only follow one person in coffee, Chris Baca would not be a bad choice.
James Hoffman is a World Barista Champion, the author of The World Atlas of Coffee, and the CEO of Square Mile Coffee Roasters.
He is incredibly sharp, witty, and honest, which makes him one of my favorite coffee people out there.
James also has an excellent coffee blog and arguably the best YouTube channel in the world of coffee. Seriously, his YouTube videos are only getting better and better.
Asser Christensen is a journalist and Q-Grader
The Coffee Chronicler is a beautifully designed coffee blog created by Danish Q-Grader, Asser Christensen.
Asser’s full-time work is in Journalism, and it definitely translates in his writing about coffee.
The Coffee Chronicler also has an excellent Instagram account that is well-worth following.
Sprudge is quite possibly the biggest online coffee publication in the world, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint.
You will find everything from coffee event coverage to an online job board.
You can truly get lost for hours immersing yourself in the site’s great coffee content.
Brewing Coffee Manually
John is the man behind Brewing Coffee Manually, a site dedicated to the art of, you guessed it, brewing coffee manually!
John’s writing is unpretentious and really captures the beauty in the ritual of making coffee slowly.
Oh, he also has a cool collection of mugs that is worth checking out.
Barista Hustle is Matt Perger’s project, geared towards giving coffee professionals and enthusiasts advanced coffee content to supplement their curiosity and careers.
Matt Perger is an Australian coffee pro and winner of the 2012 World Brewers Cup, as well as a finalist in multiple World Barista Championships.
His Barista Hustle blog has definitely become a bit more “hustle” than barista over the last few years, with its own coffee subscription and advanced coffee courses.
The site still has plenty of awesome free content for everyone’s enjoyment though, and is definitely worth checking out.
The Coffee Compass
The Coffee Compass is a nicely designed and well-written coffee blog run by Michael, Stephen, and Darren out of Louisville, KY.
The site is full of awesome cafe and gear reviews as well as plenty of beautifully-instructed how-to posts.
This is the perfect blog for coffee enthusiasts to peruse.
I Need Coffee
The fun I Need Coffee logo
Started by coffee fanatic, Michael Allen Smith, I Need Coffee is one of the veteran coffee blogs that is still putting out excellent coffee content on a regular basis.
They have an excellent coffee grind chart, as well as a brew guide for pretty much every coffee maker you could have ever hoped for.
The following coffee blogs mainly focus on coffee reviews, but not exclusively.
Pull & Pour
I discovered Pull & Pour when its founder, Andrew, reached out to me sometime in 2018. Andrew is a down-to-earth guy who works as a designer full-time, but also has a passion for brewing coffee at home.
Not only does Pull & Pour have a beautiful design and friendly interface, but the content is always thorough and honest.
Pull & Pour also has a growing Instagram account with some fun contests and downloads you should definitely take advantage of.
Margaret Fischer’s coffee blog, Coffee Cantata, is one of the best coffee review blogs out there, hands down.
Her coffee reviews are always enjoyable reads, and she posts them regularly.
Her other posts are also incredibly entertaining. She recently had a great write up on her experience at Starbucks’ Reserve Roaster and Tasting Room that I definitely recommend you check out!
Kenneth David’s is the go-to coffee review guy on the web. I had the pleasure of listening to one of his lectures on how to review coffee back in 2014 at Coffee Con in San Francisco.
My own coffee reviews are modeled largely off of what I learned from Kenneth in this brief lecture.
He and his staff have reviewed thousands of coffees over the 20+ years his site has been around, so if you’re truly looking for a go-to coffee review source, look no further.
Oh, and Ken operates in my hometown of Berkeley, CA, so he definitely gets more brownie points from me on that one!
Coffee Gear Reviews
The following coffee blogs mainly focus on coffee equipment reviews, though not exclusively.
Prima Coffee Equipment
Prima Coffee Equipment is an ecommerce site selling specialty coffee gear for coffee enthusiasts and professionals.
They also happen to have some excellent overviews and buying guides on just about everything they sell.
This recent hand grinder comparison guide is a great example of their excellent coffee content.
Seattle Coffee Gear
If you’ve ever spent any time on YouTube looking for coffee-related information, you will have definitely stumbled across one of the great videos that Gail and her team at Seattle Coffee Gear put together.
While these guys are mainly in the business of selling specialty coffee equipment, they provide just as much, if not more coffee education.
You have got to subscribe to their YouTube channel, you won’t regret it!
Have a Favorite Coffee Blog?
Thanks for taking the time to read about my favorite coffee blogs. If there are any coffee blogs you think I should check out, please share in the comments below.
I’ll be sure to update this post in the future as I discover more of what I feel are the best coffee blogs out there.