Jake Ludington: November 2008 Archives

god-in-a-cup.jpg I love coffee. Any book subtitled, 'The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Coffee', is sure to be right up my alley, so when Michaele Weissman's publicist contacted me asking if I'd like to talk to the author of the book God in a Cup, I jumped at the chance.

The book follows coffee buyers from Stumptown, Intelligencia, and Counter Culture, three of the leaders in the U.S. specialty coffee business, as they travel to the source for many of the best coffee beans on the market. Michaele Weissman manages to craft an engaging story of the challenges faced in sourcing the world's best beans. From creating a supply chain that compensates the growers fairly, to making compromises in the course of growing a coffee distribution business, these three rockstars of coffee industry cross paths throughout the narrative as they navigate the complexities of crop failures, corruption, and uncompromising attention to quality. If you love great coffee, God in a Cup is a must read.

In person Michaele Weismann was a delight to visit with. She's genuinely passionate about coffee and offered a number of anecdotal updates to events transpiring at the time the book went to print. While I'm already a coffee snob, having been forever ruined by drinking great coffee, I came away feeling like I knew more about why my taste preferences are what they are. You can follow along with additional updates to the book at the God in a Cup blog.

As it turns out, I wasn't the only one invited to speak with Michaele Weismann. Keren Brown coordinated another fabulous food blogger gathering where we all peppered Michaele with questions about coffee and the book. Among the attendees were Joann, Seattle Tall Poppy, the owner of Muse Coffee Co, and Dawn and Eric from Wright Eats.