2007 WBC Champ James Hoffman (left) pictured with 2009 WBC Champ Gwilym Davies (picture by http://jaybyjayfresh.com)
In the world of coffee there are few that’s opinion is as respected or debated over as the 2007 World Barista Champion, James Hoffman.
He has a strong history of airing his varied feelings towards espresso, often going from one extreme to the other - even to the point of not including in his Penny University coffee shop/project.
Recognising this, he has approached the subject in two of his most recent web releasings.
First, in his Jimseven blog he actually breaks down his in depth and technical approach to espresso; leading to his feelings towards the process. The article is aptly named “A Love/Hate Relationship With Espresso”
Secondly, in his latest podcast he talks with Norwegian coffee legend Tim Wendleboe (while somewhat inebriated) about their diverse feelings as to what makes a good espresso; from the roast to the taste. Listen to it here
Hope you enjoy these posts and keep sipping that coffee.
For his Jimseven podcast, James Hoffman (World Barista Champion 2007) talks to Colin Harmon (Ireland National Barista Championship in 2009 and a man on the cutting edge of revoluntionising coffee shops that just sounds like a real nice guy). They discuss what they expect from a top quality coffee shop and the importance of improving the standard of coffee in shops.
If you are interested in coffee, the coffee culture, a barista or own a coffee shop; this is well worth listening to.