Monday, 20 March 2017

Video: Grinder Review – Wilfa Svart

I thought I’d try a little video review of a grinder I’ve been using at home for about 3-4 months now.

    Saturday, 11 March 2017

    The best of jimseven book is here!

    A little over a year ago I asked on here if people were interested in a best of book. Enough people said yes that I thought it was worth pursuing and over the last year I’ve been working on turning this into a reality.

    I’ve invested my time and money and the book is now done. The cover is designed, the book layout is done, proofreading and copyediting are done. It is now ready to go to print. Printing books is expensive, especially if you want to print a cloth bound, foil debossed hardback book because you think books should be beautiful things.

    As such I’m preselling the book through a crowdfunding project on Indiegogo. This is to fund the one and only print run of this book that I will ever do. 1

    Over the last decade, I’ve never monetised this blog. Instead, I chose to cover the costs of creating and running it from my own pocket. My motivations for writing here were always to learn and share, and this was never a thing I wanted to mix with money.

    Obviously selling this book is different. I’m proud of the work I’ve done here, and in the process of selecting the contents of the book I’m still surprised at just how much I’ve written here. In going back through the archives I felt posts that I liked a lot have likely gotten lost, and I think this is a good opportunity to share them again.

    I wanted to make a book to take the best of what I’ve written and to make it easy and enjoyable to read. I also wanted it to be beautiful. If you don’t want a physical book then there’ll also be an ebook (in both .mobi and .epub version) available too – properly formatted for those devices.

    The book is going to be a hardback with the same dimensions as the World Atlas of Coffee. I wanted them to look good sat next to each other on a shelf. It isn’t quite as long as the Atlas, at 200 pages, but the slightly heavier paper stock means it will be pretty close in size. Despite the small run size, I’ve done my best to keep the price as low as possible. I’m am interested in producing something I’m proud of, and that I love, and making it as accessible as possible.

    I’m hesitant to ask you, my reader, for much. I’d love your support for this project, and it would mean a lot. I hope that, over the years, you’ve found something of value here.

    Whether your support comes as backing the project and buying a book, or just sharing it on social media with people who might enjoy it, I am very grateful for your support.

    Thank you.

    The best of jimseven 2004-2015 on Indiegogo

    1. The ebook version will be available ongoing  ↩︎

    Friday, 10 March 2017

    Win The Ultimate Coffee Library

    We’re running a little competition over at Coffee Jobs Board

    What you can win

    In addition there’ll be a prize of three months of mentorship with me. I’m interested in exploring digital mentorship in coffee, and I hope I’ll be able to help someone progress in their career in that time.

    How to enter

    To enter all you need to do is register and create a complete profile at Coffee Jobs Board. This doesn’t mean you’re looking for work, and no one can contact you through it unless you’ve selected that option. If you’ve already signed up for a profile then you’re already entered to win!

    This is open to anyone working in coffee, anywhere in the world. Terms and conditions are here.

    Why are we doing this?

    A big part of what we want to do is to create better transparency when it comes to pay. By having people share what they earn we can allow both baristas and employers to benchmark their earnings. These benchmarks would be incredibly helpful, as they can help remove bias in levels different people are paid for the same work. This is why we are asking people to register a profile, even if they aren’t looking for a job right now. (However, when they are looking we hope we can help!)

    We’ll be announcing the winners on the 8th of May 2017.

    Any questions – drop us a line at