28 episodes

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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    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

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 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
    Are Wine Making Techniques the Future of Coffee?

    Are Wine Making Techniques the Future of Coffee?

    Next time you set about making your morning coffee, take a moment to peruse the info on your bag of beans. What do you notice? The variety of beans? Flavour notes? Technical details on where the coffee was grown?

    They're not so different from the sort of blurb you might find on the back of a wine bottle in many ways. And that’s intentional. Specialty coffee has taken a lot from the world of wine.

    But could the increasing overlaps be a problem for coffee farmers — or even dangerous?

    In this episode, Scott and Jools join forces with coffee processing specialist and former winemaker Lucia Solis from the Making Coffee podcast to dive deeper into where our coffee comes from and what (if anything) wine's got to do with it.

    Lucia talks to coffee producer Karla Boza from the Finca San Antonio Amatepec coffee farm in El Salvador and vintner Todd Kohn from the Wayfarer Vineyard in California to shed some light on the techniques behind picking, transporting and processing their precious produce.

    Take a sip on this (soon-to-be-a-good) vintage episode to pique your curiosity about how coffee and wine are made, and why it matters.



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

    Learn more about coffee and wine growing with Lucia Solis on her Making Coffee podcast: https://bit.ly/3z7dJ0j

    Follow Karla Boza’s farm (https://bit.ly/3M0msUO) and Todd’s winery (https://bit.ly/3PPBRKI) on Instagram

    Find your perfect roast with the Ikawa Home: https://bit.ly/3IdYVPc
    Visiting Edinburgh? Follow Fortitude on Instagram (https://bit.ly/3Gtm7J0).

    Learn more about the Siemens EQ700 fully automatic espresso machine: https://bit.ly/3Ia8yy5
    Enjoy the Doña Aracelly Roble’s coffee from Girls Who Grind: https://bit.ly/3z6JmXO

    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
    Scott's Home Roasting Adventure

    Scott's Home Roasting Adventure

    Can a secondhand popcorn popper really be used to roast delicious coffee…? The answer to that question may (or more likely, may not) surprise you!

    Scott falls back in love with an old hobby as he embarks on a mission to separate the bean from the chaff with the IKAWA Home Roasting System.

    On a personal journey of coffee-roasting discovery, Scott learns to find the sweet spot between first and second crack, and reveals just how much difference the way your beans are roasted makes to the flavour in your cup.

    Respected roasting instructor Ildi Revi explains all about the significance of different “development” times and the Maillard reaction. Scott also decides to pit his roasting skills against the experts with none other than 2018 World Barista Champion Agnieszka Rojewska as the judge!

    Can the self-proclaimed King of Caffeine out-roast a machine? Find out in Scott’s Roasting Journey.



    Join our Patreon to support the show and win a free premium hand grinder! https://bit.ly/3vrispx

    Find your perfect roast with the Ikawa Home: https://bit.ly/3IdYVPc

    Follow Ildi Revi on LinkedIn (https://bit.ly/3FunuXs) and Agnieszka Rojewska on Instagram (https://bit.ly/3LWSd1G).

    Learn more about the Siemens EQ700 fully automatic espresso machine: https://bit.ly/3Ia8yy5

    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
    Help! What is caffeine doing to me?

    Help! What is caffeine doing to me?

    It’s every coffee drinker’s worst nightmare. You’ve rushed to that important morning meeting, but everything’s feeling a little hazy. You’re struggling to concentrate, and a nagging headache starts to creep in before you know it.

    Then it hits you — you haven’t had your daily caffeine fix!

    So what is it about this mysterious substance that can derail your whole day if you don’t have it? In a bid to find out, James conducts a cruel experiment with Scott and Jools, depriving them of coffee for 24 hours.

    Producer man James bothers clever people to get to the bottom of what caffeine is and what it does to our bodies and brains!

    Danielle Gulick from the Morsani College of Medicine explains how your morning cup can change your thinking. Lindsy Kass from the University of Hertfordshire tells us how some people can get away with a double espresso right before bed. Professor Jonathan Morris reveals how it’s not just humans who get a buzz from caffeine.

    Ultimately we seek to find out: Do we really need to worry that an extra cup of coffee could be the end of us?


    Join our Patreon to support the show and win a free premium hand grinder! https://bit.ly/3vrispx

    Check out our wonderful caffeine experts online, including Lindsy Kass’ on Twitter (https://bit.ly/3Ou0k7y), Danielle Gulick (https://bit.ly/3K3Xpzh) and Jonathan Morris on Instagram (https://bit.ly/37eMS3F).

    Listen to the A History of Coffee podcast (https://bit.ly/2NArChO) and read Jonathan’s book, Coffee: A Global History (https://amzn.to/3dihAfU).

    Follow Sibling Cafe in Cardiff (https://bit.ly/3L4YDLQ) on Instagram and taste Perky Blender’s decaf produced by Angele Ciza in Burundi (https://bit.ly/3rGPlOr)

    Learn more about the Siemens EQ700 fully automatic espresso machine: https://bit.ly/3Ia8yy5

    Find your perfect roast with the Ikawa Home: https://bit.ly/3IdYVPc

    Tell your local barista about Adventures in Coffee!

    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

    • 44 min
    Spotting Greenwashing In Coffee

    Spotting Greenwashing In Coffee

    Ever noticed how your “carbon neutral” coffee tickles the taste buds just that little bit more than your bog standard brew?

    From coffee producers to cafes, the industry is falling over itself to show us how much it cares about the future of our planet.

    But all is not always quite as it seems… So in this episode we’re delving into the murky world of “greenwashing.”

    What is it? What’s being done about it? And with so much else going on in the world, is it really that big of a deal?

    To help guide us through all the greenwashing grey areas, Jools and Scott are joined by environmental journalist David Burrows who goes in search of elephants and tigers in the cafes of Edinburgh. Miles Lockwood from the Advertising Standards Authority reveals how some alternative milk companies have been found to be greenwashing. And we learn when to be smug and when to be skeptical in the face of an environmental bombardment.

    Armed with these tips, we hope you will be able to spot greenwashing next time you buy your coffee!

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    Join our Patreon to support the show and win a free premium hand grinder! https://bit.ly/3vrispx

    Check out David’s writing on Foodservice Footprint (https://bit.ly/3qqBnQK) and follow him on LinkedIn (https://bit.ly/3u8yq8V)

    Follow Elliot Day (https://bit.ly/3NRMmvS) and Bean & Bud (https://bit.ly/3LCl7DC) on Instagram.

    Find your perfect roast with the Ikawa Home: https://bit.ly/3IdYVPc

    Learn more about the Siemens EQ700 fully automatic espresso machine: https://bit.ly/3Ia8yy5

    Tell your local barista about Adventures in Coffee!

    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

    • 35 min
    Bang for Buck When Buying Coffee Gear

    Bang for Buck When Buying Coffee Gear

    Dear listener, beware! When it comes to buying coffee-making gear, ‘upgrade-itis’ is real. And it’s been hitting the pockets of coffee lovers everywhere.

    Early symptoms include questioning whether to stick or twist, bewilderment at the range of choice, and uncertainty if spending those extra pounds on your kit can be tasted in your morning cup.

    But, dear listers, fear not — because help is at hand. In this episode, Jools figures out where that golden sweet spot is when buying grinders, espresso machines and filter coffee set ups.
    Are the savings from hand grinding beans worth the elbow grease? Can you really get a machine to make quality espresso for less than £300? And what’s the point of an automatic filter brewer? Coffee expert and Youtuber Lance Hedrick dials in from the Onyx Coffee Lab in Arkansas, USA, to help Jools and Scott identify the issues of diminishing returns.

    So roll up your sleeve as we help you stave off that expensive ‘upgrade-itis’ before it’s too late!



    Join our Patreon to support the show and win a free premium hand grinder! https://bit.ly/3vrispx

    Check out Lance’s videos on Youtube -
    Modding espresso machines with PID sensors: https://bit.ly/3qokWUq
    Upgrading burrs sets in your grinders: https://bit.ly/3ipPvEN

    Listen to our previous AIC about buying an espresso machine: https://bit.ly/369Aogp

    Follow Lance Hedrick (https://bit.ly/351RcW2) and the Jester’s Tower (https://bit.ly/3N7wXY4) on Instagram.

    Learn more about the Siemens EQ700 fully automatic espresso machine: https://bit.ly/3Ia8yy5

    Find your perfect roast with the Ikawa Home: https://bit.ly/3IdYVPc

    Join us at the London Coffee Festival! Send us an email - adventuresincoffeepod@gmail.com

    Tell your local barista about Adventures in Coffee!

    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

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