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.