Have I told you I’ve written a book ? If I’ve met you I know I have because I can talk about little else.
To say I was not very academic at school is a little bit of an under exaggeration. I sucked at school, and was often told that I wouldn’t amount to much. Well they were right, but at least I have a book to go with my amounting to little.
The book is called “Coffeeography the producers” and is launched on the 5th of November at cup north event in Manchester, followed by an extensive book tour with events across five countries. Inspired by the relationships built over the past 18 years through Hasbean Coffee,
“Coffeeography: The Coffee Producers” shares hidden stories and breaks down common misconceptions about those who farm the cherries of the world’s most popular beverage.
40 coffee producers across 11 countries were interviewed by using an approach that brings their own words and experiences to the fore.
Each profile began with a list of 20 questions, anything from ‘do you prefer espresso or filter?’ or ‘if you could farm anywhere else, where would you?’
From there, it was using their answers to those questions, the stories they chose to share, and my own understanding of our relationship to put together a multifaceted glimpse into the complex people behind the future of specialty coffee
In addition to these profiles, the book also features a number of my favourite travel photographs from the last 12 years.
Alejandro Martinez (Finca Argentina, El Salvador) and Dr. Brian Gakunga (Kiriga Estate, Kenya), two of the producers profiled in “Coffeeography”, will join Team Hasbean as a part of the inaugural book launch activities, taking place on the second day of the Manchester Coffee Festival, to share their stories in person. Attendees will also have the unique opportunity to cup both Finca Argentina and the Kiriga Estate’s coffees during special afternoon cuppings led by Martinez and Dr. Gakunga, respectively.
After the book’s official launch in Manchester, I will go on whirlwind tour as I launch the book featuring stops in:
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Seoul, KOR (11-12 Nov, hosted by Marco at Seoul Café & Bakery Show)
Manchester Coffee Feastival !!
You can sign up for tickets for the event here, not only will you get to see all of this, but the rest of the UK speciality industry on show.
Me, Ale, Brian and team Hasbean all look forward to seeing you there.