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Adventures in Coffee is a BBC / NPR-style show where we take you around the world to hear surprising stories about your cup of coffee.

We never get too geeky, you're guaranteed a laugh every episode and you'll never see your cup of coffee the same way again.

Join us on our Adventures in Coffee!

Adventures in Coffee is a collaboration between Scott Bentley, founder of award-winning magazine Caffeine, Jools Walker, best selling cycling author, and James Harper, creator of critically acclaimed documentary podcast Filter Stories.

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Adventures in Coffee is a BBC / NPR-style show where we take you around the world to hear surprising stories about your cup of coffee.

We never get too geeky, you're guaranteed a laugh every episode and you'll never see your cup of coffee the same way again.

Join us on our Adventures in Coffee!

Adventures in Coffee is a collaboration between Scott Bentley, founder of award-winning magazine Caffeine, Jools Walker, best selling cycling author, and James Harper, creator of critically acclaimed documentary podcast Filter Stories.

    The Oat Debate: Scott’s Milk Quest

    The Oat Debate: Scott’s Milk Quest

    Have you ever noticed that there always seems to be a new plant-based milk? For about 20 years, Scott’s wife Rachel has always been able to enjoy soy milk with her coffee while other plant-based milks have fallen in and out of favor.

    However, lately, soy milk seems to be disappearing and is being replaced by the “new kid in town”: oat. And, when Rachel asks questions in coffee shops about the move away from soy, she frequently gets told that she should not be drinking soy milk because its bad for the environment. But, is that actually true? If coffee shops do not carry soy to be more sustainable, then why are they still carrying dairy?

    To dive deeper into this, Scott attended the Caffè Culture Expo to get a better understanding about how cafe owners are choosing their milks and how they feel about sustainability.

    Then, Scott and Jools deep dive into current research through a website called Our World in Data and talk to environmental sustainability scientist and consultant Dr.
    Isaac Emery to get an expert opinion.

    Is soy milk actually bad for the environment? Which milk is the most environmentally sustainable? Is this all just a successful oat milk marketing scheme? Find out on The Oat Debate: Scott’s Milk Quest.



    Join our Patreon to support the show! https://bit.ly/3vrispx

    Enjoy the legendary experience of a Moccamaster Coffee Brewers: https://bit.ly/3ANRBqQ

    Become your own barista with Rocket Espresso: https://bit.ly/3RiBXeh

    Want to check out the next Caffè Culture? Check out their website: https://bit.ly/3dXHzMo

    Want to learn more about our wonderful guest Dr. Isaac Emery? Here is how!

    Follow him on LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/3E71xPz

    Follow him on Twitter: https://bit.ly/3SxF3vh

    Learn more about global engineering and consulting firm WSP: https://bit.ly/3Rqy6e9

    Listen to what you missed on Series 1 Ep 2: Am I damaging the planet with my coffee habit?: https://apple.co/3RxB0hn

    Want to learn more about the environmental impacts of dairy vs. plant-based milk? Check out the information that we referenced on Our World in Data: https://bit.ly/3SxTn7g

    Take a screenshot and tell your friends about Adventures in Coffee!

    Tag our Instagram handles:
    James Harper / Filter Stories: https://bit.ly/2Mlkk0O
    Jools Walker / Lady Velo: http://bit.ly/39VRGew
    Scott Bentley / Caffeine Magazine: https://bit.ly/3oijQ91

    • 38 min
    Jools’ Rocket Espresso Home Barista Journey

    Jools’ Rocket Espresso Home Barista Journey

    Jools' dream of owning an espresso machine has come true, but can she become a champion-level barista at home?

    The stars have aligned dear listeners! Jools has never been shy about the joy she feels when remembering past episodes 'Home Espresso - The God Shot In Your Kitchen' and 'The Beginner's Guide To Pouring Perfect Latte Art'. And, even before Adventures in Coffee, Jools has been dreaming of one day having an espresso machine at home.

    Thanks to our new sponsor, Rocket Espresso, Jools’ dream has come true. So, we thought it would be great to have you share her experience as she starts her home barista journey. You'll learn what the first steps are to getting yourself set up and brewing viscous, rich espressos in your own kitchen.

    To help her along the way, we have the fantastic Jon Townsend from the Institute of Coffee who came to Casa Velo to give Jools some one-on-one help as she gets acclimated with her very own Rocket Espresso R58 machine.

    Can Jools become a World Barista Champion in one day? Find out in Jools’ Rocket Espresso Home Barista Journey.



    Join our Patreon to support the show! https://bit.ly/3vrispx

    Enjoy the legendary experience of Moccamaster Coffee Brewers: https://bit.ly/3ANRBqQ

    Become your own barista with Rocket Espresso: https://bit.ly/3RiBXeh

    Do you want see the chrome-tastic machine that Jools used in the episode? Check out the Rocket Espresso R58: https://bit.ly/3LoKgCY

    Want to learn more about making espresso? Learn more about the Institute of Coffee: https://bit.ly/3DDKB2O

    Are you going to be in London soon? Check The Service for an exceptional cafe and marketplace experience: https://bit.ly/3DymxOQ

    Follow our wonderful guest on LinkedIn!
    Jonathan Townsend: https://bit.ly/3BtYLAL

    Take a screenshot and tell your friends about Adventures in Coffee!

    Tag our Instagram handles:
    James Harper / Filter Stories: https://bit.ly/2Mlkk0O
    Jools Walker / Lady Velo: http://bit.ly/39VRGew
    Scott Bentley / Caffeine Magazine: https://bit.ly/3oijQ91

    • 30 min
    Busting Coffee Myths: Round Two!

    Busting Coffee Myths: Round Two!

    We surveyed you. You asked us for myth-busting (again). So myth-busting you shall get!

    But, this time, we are not just busting up confusing coffee conundrums; we are introducing a framework (“Ah-Key!”) that will help you bust coffee myths (and all the other misinformation that you will encounter).

    Now, let’s get to kicking the nuts of those misleading myths.

    Did you perhaps have too many bevvies last Friday? Did someone offer you coffee to sober you up? If so, you may have indulged in a myth! Jools brings back friend-of-the-show research scientist and professor Dr. Danielle Gulick to share what she found from studying the effects of alcohol and caffeine.

    Ever spotted the coffee beans on the perfume counters at your favorite department store? Supposedly, sniffing them will clear your nasal palate. But is that true? Luckily, Scott has a new hobby: making perfume (bet you it smells like coffee). So he chatted with his perfumery professor, Sarah McCartney the founder of perfumery 4160Tuesdays.

    Finally, since putting out The Lie of Direct Trade episode, we have known that commodity coffee doesn’t always help farmers make the most money. So, does that mean that specialty coffee helps farmers make more money? James speaks to former barista now coffee roaster Tim Wendelboe to clarify some deep misconceptions.

    Ready to demolish some deviously deceiving coffee mythos? Press play and enjoy the episode! “Ah-Key!”




    Join our Patreon to support the show! https://bit.ly/3vrispx

    Enjoy the legendary experience of a Moccamaster Coffee Brewers: https://bit.ly/3ANRBqQ
    Indulge in a beautiful vintage Moccamaster: https://bit.ly/3BpIYEC

    Become your own barista with Rocket Espresso: https://bit.ly/3RiBXeh

    Live in the UK? Check out the Coffee Shop Innovation Expo, taking on the 19th and 20th October 2022: https://bit.ly/3yMba38 Tickets are completely FREE.

    Find the roasters who are trying to do right by the farmer on the Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide: https://bit.ly/3ItiFPB

    Learn more about Tim Wendelboe espresso bar, roastery and coffee training centre: https://bit.ly/3KMmjVQ

    Learn more about 4160Tuesdays: https://bit.ly/3TIBG5R

    Follow our wonderful guests on LinkedIn!
    Danielle Gulick (Assistant Professor at University of South Florida): https://bit.ly/3K3Xpzh
    Sarah McCartney (Perfumer): https://bit.ly/3qaXLfE

    Take a screenshot and tell your friends about Adventures in Coffee!

    Tag our Instagram handles:
    James Harper / Filter Stories: https://bit.ly/2Mlkk0O
    Jools Walker / Lady Velo: http://bit.ly/39VRGew
    Scott Bentley / Caffeine Magazine: https://bit.ly/3oijQ91

    • 36 min
    The Lie of Direct Trade

    The Lie of Direct Trade

    Have you ever noticed your daily caffeine fix tastes that little bit sweeter when you know the coffee has been ethically sourced?

    The term “direct trade” has cropped up all over the place in specialty coffee in recent years and, on the face of it, would seem to imply just that.

    But what does “direct trade” actually mean? And has anyone — let alone coffee farmers — really benefited from it?

    In the final episode of series 3, James takes Scott and Jools on a journey into how coffee actually gets traded.

    Chad Trewick from the Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide shares his first hand experience of being in the direct trade vanguard. Chris Kornman, author and Director of Education at The Crown, explains the rise of evangelists with the mantra of cutting out the middle men. And Erica Koss, co-author of the Specialty Coffee Association’s sustainability course and Research Associate at the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Nairobi in Nairobi, reveals some of the limitations of the direct trade ideal.

    And, as a parting gift for the summer, James offers tips on how YOU can identify those roasters who are trying to do right by the farmer.

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    What do you want to listen to in Series 4? Take five minutes to fill out our survey! https://bit.ly/3I2FPw8

    Join our Patreon to support the show! https://bit.ly/3vrispx

    Go on your own coffee adventures at home with the Siemens EQ700 fully automatic espresso machine: https://bit.ly/3Ia8yy5

    Find your perfect roast with the Ikawa Home: https://bit.ly/3IdYVPc
    In North London? Check out Michaela’s cafe, Bean and Brew: https://bit.ly/3IBqfrH

    Find the roasters who are trying to do right by the farmer on the Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide: https://bit.ly/3ItiFPB

    Learn more about the intricacies of coffee trading with Chris Kornman’s book, Green Coffee: A guide for Roasters and Buyers (https://bit.ly/3Ilx7Jg) and also by visiting the Royal Coffee blog (https://bit.ly/3Au5FY5).

    Check out the Coffee Shop Innovation Expo, taking on the 19th and 20th October 2022: https://bit.ly/3yMba38

    Work with us at Adventures in Coffee! https://bit.ly/3Pdd1U8

    Follow our wonderful guests on LinkedIn!
    Chad Trewick (Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide): https://bit.ly/3uyc8gJ
    Chris Kornman (Royal Coffee): https://bit.ly/3yqMewu
    Erika Koss (Co-author of SCA’s acclaimed Coffee Sustainability course): https://bit.ly/3yq90EJ

    Take a screenshot and tell your friends about Adventures in Coffee!

    Tag our Instagram handles:
    James Harper / Filter Stories: https://bit.ly/2Mlkk0O
    Jools Walker / Lady Velo: http://bit.ly/39VRGew
    Scott Bentley / Caffeine Magazine: https://bit.ly/3oijQ91

    • 39 min
    Coffee’s Cutting Edge: Innovations at Origin

    Coffee’s Cutting Edge: Innovations at Origin

    Once upon a time, the simple pleasures of a homemade cup of coffee would have been limited to those in Ethiopia's cool, wet mountain forest regions. Today, a multi-billion dollar global industry means we can sip on an espresso virtually anywhere in the world. But what about coffee's future?

    Scott, Jools and James embark on a mission into the unknown to each reveal an element of the magical and evolving world of coffee growing. The team (or most of them…) savour a specially brewed coffee alongside each story, all prepared on the Siemens EQ700 fully automatic espresso machine.

    Scott talks genetics with World Coffee Research's Hanna Neuschwander as he takes us to the frontline of the battle to save coffee from climate change.

    James enlists the help of coffee processing specialist and fellow podcaster Lucia Solis to decipher what the latest bamboozling terms on our coffee bags actually mean.

    And Jools is joined by Jessy Luo as she whisks us away to one of the world's newest coffee-growing regions in a rather unexpected corner of the globe.

    What do F1 and Dolly the Sheep have to do with the future of coffee? Click 'download' to find out!



    What do you want to listen to in Series 4? Take five minutes to fill out our survey! https://bit.ly/3I2FPw8

    Join our Patreon to support the show! https://bit.ly/3vrispx

    Go on your own coffee adventures at home with the Siemens EQ700 fully automatic espresso machine: https://bit.ly/3Ia8yy5

    Find your perfect roast with the Ikawa Home: https://bit.ly/3IdYVPc
    Visiting Glasgow? Follow Perch and Rest on Instagram (https://bit.ly/3OH3zb8).

    Discover more about coffee genetics at World Coffee Research: https://bit.ly/39RuiTO
    Learn more about coffee and wine growing with Lucia Solis on her Making Coffee podcast: https://bit.ly/3z7dJ0j
    Find Jessy Luo, Chinese coffee specialist, on the interwebs: https://bit.ly/39TcUxI

    Take a screenshot and tell your friends about Adventures in Coffee!

    Tag our Instagram handles:
    James Harper / Filter Stories: https://bit.ly/2Mlkk0O
    Jools Walker / Lady Velo: http://bit.ly/39VRGew
    Scott Bentley / Caffeine Magazine: https://bit.ly/3oijQ91

    • 31 min
    The Rise and Fall of Jamaican Blue Mountain

    The Rise and Fall of Jamaican Blue Mountain

    Jools' investigation into this elusive coffee will leave your taste buds clamouring for the sweet and fruity notes of Blue Mountain Coffee…

    When was the last time you encountered Jamaican coffee in your favourite cafe? Chances are, unless you frequent the high-end establishments of Mayfair (or happen to be royalty), the answer may well be "never."

    In this special episode, Jools takes Scott on a poignant personal journey into the land of her paternal heritage while casting light on Jamaican coffee's fascinating and disturbing past.

    Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee was once considered the cream of the coffee crop, but plummeting production beneath an ominous veil of secrecy has left the country's coffee industry in crisis.

    Along the way, the author of "The Mother of Us All", Karla Gottlieb, paints a picture of a paradise island invaded by colonialists and the ingenious fightback by a cunning queen. Smith's Coffee's Colin Smith explains the historical quirks that have led to most Jamaican coffee being sold to Japan.

    Dominic Wyndham-Gittens of Wyndhams Coffee Roasters in Barbados points the finger at the Jamaican coffee industry's painful decline.

    And Marshalee Valentine, President of JAWiC, offers a glimpse of hope for some green shoots of recovery.

    Content Warning: This episode contains mentions/descriptions of slavery and violence against enslaved people that can be disturbing or triggering.




    Join our Patreon to support the show! https://bit.ly/3vrispx

    Jamaican Women in Coffee: https://bit.ly/3tBFBpL
    Karla Gottlieb book, “Queen Nanny: The Mother of Us All” - https://bit.ly/3x4N95p
    Lisa Hanna’s article on the state of the Jamaican coffee industry: https://bit.ly/39sCsSb
    Video of a Jamaican coffee farmer discussing the state of the industry : https://bit.ly/3NODsPF
    Taino Calling Song - https://bit.ly/3x5LlKx
    Smith’s Coffee - https://bit.ly/3akAfs8
    HR Higgins Instagram (https://bit.ly/3yRqY4T)
    Wyndham’s Coffee - https://bit.ly/3MXzcgl

    Find your perfect roast with the Ikawa Home: https://bit.ly/3IdYVPc
    Visiting Bristol? Follow Bank on Instagram (https://bit.ly/3aOqXES).

    Learn more about the Siemens EQ700 fully automatic espresso machine: https://bit.ly/3Ia8yy5
    Listen to our episode about Hansa coffee in Sri Lanka: https://bit.ly/3zDwpVK

    Take a screenshot and tell your friends about Adventures in Coffee!

    Tag our Instagram handles:
    James Harper / Filter Stories: https://bit.ly/2Mlkk0O
    Jools Walker / Lady Velo: http://bit.ly/39VRGew
    Scott Bentley / Caffeine Magazine: https://bit.ly/3oijQ91


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    • 40 min

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