Coffee Lovers TV Episode 002 – Conduit Kenya Coffee

On the first episode of my Coffee Lovers TV showcase (featuring a Kenyan coffee by Campos), I said it would be pretty neat to do a side by side of one coffee roasted by two different roasters.

Then, after recording the show on the Kenya from the Nyeri region, I started running into other Nyeri Kenyas – this isn't that surprising, though, for a couple reasons. First, Nyeri is the largest producing region in Kenya, and second coffee is a seasonal crop. When the coffee is ready for exporting – especially when it's quality – that particular coffee will be purchased by many different roasters, and since the good coffee is usually roasted right after they get it, many of these roasters have similar coffees going at the same time.

Anyhow – I ran across this Kenya roasted by Conduit Coffee. It's also from the Nyeri region┬ábut comes from the Thiriku cooperative (a group of ~1900 active farmers). This particular coffee exhibited more classic Kenya aromas (savory, in particular, that of tomatoes) – though my taste experience was a bit different.

I won't be making an effort to stick in one region moving forward, I just thought it would be fun to follow the first show with something similar so that I could demonstrate how wildly different similar coffees can be.

The next show I'll be showing off a Colombia by Anchorhead – which is leading us into another dynamic I'll need to figure out. It's likely that I'll run into a lot of lightly roasted coffees – especially towards the beginning of the show. These lighter roasted coffees are going to more clearly demonstrate a lot of distinct flavors of the origins of the coffee, and that's quite a bit of fun to show off to y'all.

However I would also like to make sure I bring in a range of roasts, medium to dark, so that i can give you a full picture of the world of coffee. This will be especially exciting as I find good quality dark and medium roasts, as I think these coffees are often the most impressive.

I love hearing from you so please comment below (or on Youtube) and we can really make this show something you love and look forward to!


Coffee Lovers TV – Episode 001 – Campos Coffee Kenya

I've had this idea called ‘Coffee Lovers TV' for quite some time. A show where I could continue my mission that I started with the magazine, to connect you with amazing people and coffee, show you some delightful wonders of the world, and perhaps even open the door to your own moment of eureka.

It took me some time to figure out what form that would take.

Not too long ago, I decided to just start making a show anyways. That has been a Cup of Joe – originally started as an in-mag segment where I made personal videos showing you tips/tricks with coffee, it then morphed into the weekly show I put together where I share a bit of myself and what I'm doing. In many ways it's a ‘behind the scenes' show for the magazine and much of my life.

I mentioned on the first Cup of Joe that I would probably at some point do coffee reviews or something like that – because after all, the one thing we are all absolutely interested in is the coffee itself. However, I did not want to simply do a coffee review show. I always have found coffee reviews to be too disconnected from the real coffee drinker's experience. Coffee is more than the drink itself, yet it's in that experience with the drink that we discover great things.

I came to the realization – one that I've come to in the past with other concepts – that it's within that experience where we find the magic. Coffee is all about story – both big and small. Coffee Lovers TV is my way to connect with you, and connect you with parts of the world and realities which you may never otherwise realize, all while sharing fun and interesting facts about coffee, and giving you an insight into how this wonderful drink can be perceived.

In essence, I want to take what many see as this ‘coffee snobbery' and show you just how awesome these experience and the people behind them are – regardless of your level of experience.

I would love to hear what you think about this format, if you have any questions, and what you would like┬áto learn – just comment below…