About


Welcome and thanks for reading! The Pure Coffee Blog exists to help people find tremendous coffee and tea, both in their backyard and in their travels. Sure there are tons of sites that boast to help you find good coffee, but most of these sites are driven by an ever-unpredictable "user rating" and some simply go off the recommendations of others. Every venue on this blog I have had the distinct blessing and honor of visiting, and each coffee/tea/product featured here has been cupped/sampled personally in my humble abode.

While the Pure Coffee Blog seeks to exalt those in the industry who are doing great things with coffee and tea, this is not a blog that focuses on the microscopic differences amidst the greats (places with a 6+ and the occasional 5+ (see 'Rating System' below)). Sure differences exist, but If a coffeehouse can pull quality shots of espresso and pour a toothsome cup of coffee (whether it be from a pour-over, siphon, aeropress, V60, french press or gym sock), that's all I (and most people) want. My desire is to make known quality establishments and products, not so much to dissect quality places and stuff on minor differences.


How It Works
The content of this blog breaks into three categories:

Coffee Commentary (CC): Objective reviews of coffee and/or tea establishments.
Currently, this makes up most of my content (I try to get around). Basically, when I am on the road (for personal or business purposes), I seek out new establishments to discover. While earlier on I reviewed anything calling itself a coffeehouse, I currently try to avoid reviews that will offer only criticism (there are exceptions of course).
Please note that many of the posts pre-2008 are in need of updating (i.e. they're not up to the standards of writing/reviewing I have now); I am in the midst of overhauling many of them but I can only get to a few at a time.

To hear more on CCs, click here.

Mugged: Objective reviews of coffees or teas in my home.
Most often, these are coffees or teas sent to me from various roasters/purveyors looking for feedback. I outline my process here for further reading (note that the rating system is a little different here).

Other
About 2% of the time, I will throw up a post on something not fitting into the top two categories. Tis rare, but every now and then something deserves a little attention.



Rating System
Each establishment or coffee is rated by quality and appeal, so please use the following key to better aid in your browsing:

Pretty Bad Marks
1+ = poor (avoid)
2+ = ok (not really worth your time)

Fair to Decent Rating
3+ = average (worth a go)
4+ = good (a pleasant experience)

HIGH Accolades
5+ = really good (a fine specimen)
6+ = amazing (huzzah!)


Things to Note
1. I base my reviews first on my tongue and then industry standards.
2. I don’t do flavored coffees. Sorry.
3. I am not rich. I mention this to debunk the notion that one needs a big budget to have such adventures. I also mention this to emphasize that I do this blog out of love and any kind of support to this blog’s future would be so very much appreciated.


For further discourse, please contact me at bill.purecoffee@gmail.com

Thank you for reading and keeping the Pure Coffee Blog alive. From day one, each interaction has shaped and schooled my knowledge, a facet of life-long learning that is both humbling and intriguing. All in all, it’s been a great expedition; here's to many more.