Coffee and computers, together at last. Photo: Erin Meister.
Read on after the jump for a few of the CoffeeMeister's favorite Net spots for a good strong shot of joe.
Charming, eloquent and all-around swell guy James Hoffmann (who also happens to have been the 2007 World Barista Champion) keeps up one of the most thought-provoking blogs about the business of coffee, the delight of being a coffee drinker and the art of customer service -- all while running his own successful roastery in London.
Speaking of Barista Champions, anybody who's ever thoroughly enjoyed a "Chopped" or "Iron Chef" marathon could whittle away the hours watching videos of barista competitions past -- including this one of 2008's World Champion, Stephen Morrissey, or this year's winner, Gwilym Davies.
One of my favorite quiet little corners of the Internet is this photo set by coffee roaster Steve Ford, aka Dogmilque. Ford's documented the first cup of just about every day for the past several years, and the result is a startlingly lovely tribute to the mundane. Though he's a little bit behind in his records, the backlog of beautiful photos and compelling stories here is worth at least a good two hours' clicking.
For the must-know-everything-about-coffee type, the (members-only but open to read) message board Coffeed is a great source for the intellectual nooks and crannies most coffee dilettantes overlook. From info on buying green coffee to the latest updates on equipment experimentation and innovation, Coffeed is the go-to for the jittery thinker.
And finally, what coffee link trail would be complete without some window shopping?
Wow, I really need a coffee after all that, don't you?
What are your favorite coffee Web sites, blogs or photo sets? Tell us in the comments.
Erin Meister trains baristas for North Carolina-based Counter Culture Coffee and sporadically maintains the blog Meet the Press Pot from her home in New York City. This is part of a series for the caffeine-addicted.