Listen: Culture File – James Hoffman de-snobs your coffee

Square Mile Roasters at Dublin Coffee and Tea Festival 2014

Irresistible to taste at Dublin Coffee and Tea Festival

Once upon a time, it was enough to have a favoured brand of instant coffee; now it’s all Sumatra Gegarang this, natural process that, small batch roast the other. Things have come a long, long way in the coffee world – and it’s got a whole lot more complicated.

James Hoffman of London’s Square Mile Coffee Roasters wants to make buying coffee a little less mysterious, to de-snob it, if you will, and his forthcoming book aims to do just that.

A little bit of knowledge might be a dangerous thing – there’ll be no going back to your instant now – but The World Atlas of Coffee will be published by Firefly Books on 4 November and can be pre-ordered now.

Until then, take a walk down to your nearest coffee spot (Cork’s Filter, along with Vice, Coffee Angel, Roasted Brown and 3fe in Dublin are all favourites) and order your cup of Irish-roasted joe.

If you’re interested in learning more about Irish coffee roasters – and you didn’t make it to Keith Bohanna’s Bia Beag Meet the Roasters event in Kilkenny last weekend – check out his report on the night, along with videos of Jennifer Ryan from Ponaire, Ferg Brown, Roasted Brown and Badger and Dodo‘s Brock Lewin.



Food writer. Broadcaster. Blogger. Author. Married to Eight Degrees Brewing. Member of the Irish Food Writers' Guild, founder of Irish Food Bloggers Association and co-author of Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer & Cider (New Island)

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