37 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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    • 4.5 • 17 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.

    Women’s Underappreciated Role on Coffee Farms

    Women’s Underappreciated Role on Coffee Farms

    When you picture a coffee farmer, who do you have in mind? For many people, it will be Juan Valdez, the symbol of Colombia’s National Federation of Coffee Growers, with his thick moustache, sack of beans and trusty donkey.

    But women play a crucial role on coffee farms which often gets overlooked. This week, Jools is diving into the responsibilities they take on, some of the struggles they face and how we can hope to overcome them.

    She will speak to three women about their stories and experiences: Ana María Donneys and Paula De Rosenzweig, two women growing coffee themselves, as well as Blanca Castro at the International Women’s Coffee Alliance.

    Why is there a lack of representation at higher levels in the industry? How are traditional gender expectations holding women back? How might things change in the future?

    These are some of the questions we’ll be asking. So join Jools and James as they strap in and prepare to break the glass ceiling. Or perhaps the glass coffee cup…



    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 learn more about our wonderful guests? Follow them here!
    Paula De Rosenzweig / Café Mono Azul - Website: http://bit.ly/3V7clTi Instagram: http://bit.ly/3XySRbR
    Ana María Donneys / Café Primitivo - Website: http://bit.ly/3gv6dWa Instagram: http://bit.ly/3V3bfbb
    Blanca Castro / IWCA - Website: http://bit.ly/3gvvoYs Instagram: http://bit.ly/3EDAvhp

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    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
    Ethiopia's Gift to the World

    Ethiopia's Gift to the World

    In Ethiopia, the birthplace of Arabica coffee, Ethiopians spend hours roasting and brewing coffee in their living rooms.

    But, have you ever heard of the Ethiopian coffee ceremony? If not, you are not alone.

    Get ready, dear listeners, because James is going to take you, Scott, and Jools out of your regular coffee routine to see how coffee can be drunk quite differently.

    First, we travel to Italy as James roasts coffee beans with his family’s long-time friend and family helper, a lovely Ethiopian woman named Elisa.

    Then, Jools and Scott get treated to a coffee trader at the Ethiopian Embassy with the ambassador and Jame’s friend Ethiopian coffee exporter Michael Haile.

    And, we also hear from an Ethiopian expat, Mekdes, who grew up with the ceremony at home and still practices it herself.

    Get ready, because your morning coffee might just get a little more savory!



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

    Enjoy the legendary experience of a Moccamaster Coffee Brewers: https://bit.ly/3ANRBqQ
    Repair your Moccamaster in the UK with Bella Barista: http://bit.ly/3UFHCfS

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

    Want to learn more about our wonderful guests? Follow them here!

    Mesfin Tadesse’s Book ETHIOPIA - Home of Arabica Coffee: Early Use, Folklore, Coffee Ceremony, Origin, and Biology - Website: https://bit.ly/3tqNdeh
    Michael Haile’s Ethiopia Coffee Exhibition - Website: http://bit.ly/3EwrBn3
    Mekdes' recommendation Gwada Kitchen - Website: http://bit.ly/3g0txuF

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    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
    How To Reduce Your Coffee Waste

    How To Reduce Your Coffee Waste

    Our morning cup of coffee creates a lot of waste, ever wondered what to do with it all? If so, then this episode is for you. Join Scott as he examines three areas of coffee waste and talks to some very clever people about how to reduce our impact on the environment.

    The Grounds - Soil scientist Linda J Brewer speaks with Scott about whether it’s a good idea or not to use our spent grounds in the garden.

    The Packaging - Scott rummages through his compost bin, and speaks to Ollie Sears of North Star Coffee about an innovative new form of biodegradable packaging.

    The Equipment - Scott Butler from Recycle Your Electricals tells (our) Scott how to dispose of all the broken grinders and coffee equipment he’s accumulated over the years.

    So join Scott as he immerses himself in the world of coffee waste… and even buys an old Moccamaster filter coffee brewer online to reduce his carbon footprint. We all love our morning cup, so why not make sure you’re enjoying it in the most sustainable way



    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 learn more about our wonderful guests? Follow them here!
    Ollie Sears / North Star - Website: https://bit.ly/3gRRAvQ Instagram: https://bit.ly/3NhLEsf
    Scott Butler / Recycle Your Electricals - Website: https://bit.ly/3SNPBFU
    Linda J Brewer / Oregon State University - Website: https://bit.ly/3zsUlKy

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

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

    • 29 min
    Opening a Coffee Shop: Fantasy vs Reality

    Opening a Coffee Shop: Fantasy vs Reality

    The exquisite latte art. The warm, smiling baristas. The deep, inviting armchairs… If you’ve ever taken a look around your favourite cafe and thought ‘What a wonderful place to spend a day, maybe I should open somewhere like this’, you’re not alone. But is this fantasyland?

    With guest co-host Chris Deferio (Keys to the Shop Podcast), we dive into the three key aspects of running a coffee shop, to help you better understand the realities behind the dream.

    The Money - Chris speaks to Michael Idov, author of the legendary Slate article ‘My Coffeehouse Nightmare’, about the financial areas which are often overlooked by those opening a cafe.

    The Scene - Scott heads to Caffè Culture and chats with Ben Eames of Bubbly Batch Coffee about Ben’s plans to bring something fresh to the coffee scene.

    The Dream - James catches up with his friend Hiyam Abdulla about her experience leaving her corporate job to follow her dream and open a cafe in North London.

    Chris brings many years of advising and consulting coffee shop owners, and offers fascinating insights into each of the three aspects. Will you be inspired to open a trendy cafe or your local high street. Or end up running for the hills?



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

    Enjoy the legendary experience of a Moccamaster Coffee Brewers: https://bit.ly/3ANRBqQ
    Taste a delicious Moccamaster brew in London at Paradox Design Coffee: https://bit.ly/3DDdYSr

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

    Want to learn more about our guest co-host Chris Deferio? Check out his website and podcast, Keys to the Shop here (https://bit.ly/3yMJtGX) and follow him on Instagram (https://bit.ly/3eHlOkf)

    Want to learn more about our wonderful guests? Here is how!
    Michael Idov - Twitter: https://bit.ly/3D6gTmg
    Ben Eames - Instagram: https://bit.ly/3eDqms1
    Hiyam Abdulla - Instagram (https://bit.ly/3gfB34w) and her cafe website (https://bit.ly/3MCaO4c)

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

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

    • 34 min
    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

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17 Ratings

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20 minutes of inane sophomoric psuedo-comedic banter followed by 5 minutes of coffee-ish coffee chat. Delete.

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