Have you ever been drinking a cup of coffee and then thought to yourself,
‘Hm, I wonder where this delicious beverage comes from?’
If so, you have come to the right place.
You see, coffee is everywhere today: At home, in the office, in the café around the corner.
It’s what you drink in the mornings, at meetings or on a so-called ‘coffee date’. It’s ubiquitous.
But at the same time, most people have no idea where this magical black powder actually comes from or how it’s produced. They know that some farmers in Brazil were probably involved, and that’s about it.
To me, that’s a shame. Coffee is such a rich product, capable of delivering so many different impressions.
What you can expect
I interview some of the most interesting people in the coffee industry and go in-depth with geeky topics.
There’s so much wrong information out there about brewing. Here you’ll learn how to brew like a genuine third wave barista.
We give you reviews of the best coffee gear out there. We only recommend products that we truly believe will help you make great coffee
SO WHO IS ‘THE COFFEE CHRONICLER’?
Welcome to this site. My name is Asser Christensen and I’m a journalist and Q Arabica Grader hailing from Denmark.
I have been crazy about caffeine for almost as long as I can remember. About a decade ago I started roasting coffee at home in my oven. The first beans were pretty dark and scorched, but it somehow got me hooked. After some time I got it right, and once you have gotten used to drinking freshly roasted coffee, there is no way back.
Being a journalist by trade, it was only natural that I would write about my passion, and that’s how my first Danish coffee website was launched some years ago.
Initially, the plan was to use it as some sort of coffee diary, so other geeks could get inspiration about coffee and roasting but before I knew, the site had turned into an all-consuming endeavor.
At the same time I started writing about coffee for several of the biggest online coffee sites. Before I knew it I had gone from being a regular reporter to becoming ‘The Coffee Chronicler’.
I launched my Danish coffee website in 2015.
Here I’m teaching a group of Chinese kids about cupping.
Being from the tiny Kingdom of Denmark my blog was one of the only things around, and it quickly grew into one of the most influential coffee sites in the country (I guess that almost happens automatically when you live in a country about the same size as Minnesota).
However, the more I wrote about coffee and went to different farms in far-away countries, I realized that coffee is an international thing.
Sure, I could continue writing about obscure coffee shops in my mother tongue, but to be honest, way more people would be able to follow the journey if I took the leap and started a site in English. So that’s the genesis of the site you’re browsing right now.
LET ME BE YOUR PERSONAL COFFEE GUIDE
Today, I personally know people everywhere in the value chain of coffee; be it farmers, baristas, and roasters, and I try to give all that knowledge back to you guys; the readers.
As of September 2018, I’m also able to call myself a licensed Q Grader. The programme is managed by SCA’s charitable fund CQI, and it’s generally the most respected title in the coffee industry. In order to get the license, you have to pass 19 rigorous tests that encompass sensory and olfactory skills – many of them which are blind – as well as green bean grading and general knowledge.
There are only a bit more than 500 licensed Q Graders in the US at the moment of writing.
So with that in mind I think it’s safe to say that you have come to the right place, if you want to learn more about coffee.
Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation and old ideas still circulating in the world of coffee. My aim is to dispel the myths and urban legends and instead give you serious knowledge when it comes to beans and brewing.
Thanks for reading.