Daily Archives: August 3, 2011

Beanscene and CaféSmart – everyone wins!

Beanscene and CaféSmart – everyone wins!

By now you will have all heard about the CaféSmart initiative and about Friday August 5th being the day to buy a coffee from a Café with a conscience?  Yes – if not, check the archives for the articles in November – or click HERE.

In support of CaféSmart, my favourite coffee magazine – Beanscene – are offering a great subscription deal. BeanScene magazine will also be donating the funds from the first 100 subscriptions sold on the day. If you know someone who doesn’t yet subscribe to BeanScene, encourage them to sign up that day at www.beanscenemag.com.au

I’m going to subscribe on Friday, anyone with me?

Other blogs that smell like Coffee #2….

Since my passion and enthusiasm for this blog took on a new life – see the increase in latte reviews and subsequent posts circa Sunday July 11th and the registration of my new domain name and T-shirts…[pictures to come] – I have also been trawling the net looking for other people with similar passions, and while at first I thought I was the only one [think Shrek before he knew about Fiona’s night time activities], I am pleased and now a little daunted to know that there are heaps – amateurs like me, and wanna be professionals with their i-Phone Apps (hey Brenton…want to write me one??)

  • Chuggin McCoffee – seems to be an United States based coffee blog (judging by the references to Starbucks and Krispy Cremes) but I can’t tell if it is a professional or passionate blog.  I got onto it because they actually quoted a blog entry I had written and gave me my first ping-back.  Current articles include one about Healthy Coffee Scams and another about Café Bustelo coffee going mainstream after a corporate buyout. 
  • Wherespresso.com – is another coffee/café review website – similar to the Beanhunter and to the Urbanspoon.  Like the other two, Wherepresso is all about the individual consumer being able to share their coffee experiences with others – both good and bad – and then with the world, via a plethora of connection points with social networking – facebook, twitter, and feedburner.  Personally I found Wherespresso to be a tad ‘blog-like’ in appearance and not that user friendly – I tried a number of times to add a café and do a review, and each time….nada. I’m going to stick with the Beanhunter for now.
  • Backseat Baristas– is a wordpress blog with a similar raison d’être as mine, yet with a pure espresso focus.  From their own words: “his blog is a unique insight into Melbourne’s coffee scene by two ordinary blokes who are passionate about their espresso. We live in a city that is famous for its coffee and we aim to provide simple, straightforward views on the coffee we try. These are our personal opinions but hopefully give you, the consumer, honest and informed content. As such we write purely from a consumer’s point of view. We also encourage your comments and views.” Most recent reviews include: Keffa Han – Port Melbourne – but this is dated as November 2010 – so they may have stopped blogging (hopefully not stopped drinking coffee). Check it out!!
  • Melbourne – Caffeine City – similar to the above, and to this one – “Melbourne – Caffeine City” – is a coffee blog devoted to the cold and grey city by the bay.  In their own words, “Caffeine City is a simple attempt to provide another voice on the quality of coffee in Melbourne’s (Australia) cafe saturated laneways and suburbs.” Not quite as ‘professional’ in technique as the Backseat Baristas, but certainly user friendly (like I hope mine is) with great personal impressions listed, this is a quality coffee blog. Recent reviews include: Mister Close in Bourke Street dated 10th July 2011 – so the coffee is still being ground here!  Check them out.
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