By Colin Mansfield
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Part investigative storytelling, part historical commentary, Coffee Canon contextualizes coffee’s long journey from obscure plant to modern necessity.
||CleanEpisode Eight: Modern Coffee Culture||The way we drink and experience coffee has changed drastically. To many people, it’s become a specialty beverage where taste not only matters, but is decrypted using a multi-tiered tasters wheel consisting of 73 individual flavors.||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Seven: Dutch Coffee||The Netherlands is only about 1,000 miles from the Arctic Circle, making farming difficult. And yet, Dutch culture is intimately tied to coffee culture and history. Many of the biggest events that turned coffee from a novelty to a commodity happened b||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Six: Turkish Coffee||From the halls of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent to the streets of the Grand Bazaar, from the fields of Kaldi the Goat Herder to the room of an Israeli fortune teller; Turkish Coffee runs the gambit. It’s the world’s oldest brewing technique – s||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Five: Season of Giving (ft. Nate Westwick from Wild Goose Coffee Roasters)||Around this time of year we hear stories of people giving back to the less fortunate in their communities. Whether it’s Ebenezer Scrooge from a Christmas Carol forgiving debts, or your local church donating money to a worthy cause,||12/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Four: Holiday Drinks||Today on the podcast we’re bending the rules a bit and not focusing entirely on coffee. Instead, in the spirit of Christmas, we’re broadening our scope and looking at Holiday drinks as a whole, and the traditions they come with.||12/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Three: Fermenting Coffee||For thousands of years humans have used fermentation to preserve food, leaven bread, and brew alcohol. In 19th century Belgium lambic beers were brewed using the yeasts and bacteria naturally found in the air.||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Two: Italian Coffee||Episode Two of Coffee Canon focuses on Italian coffee. We often associate Italy with espresso, but the truth is that true espresso didn’t exist until about 1950. Developing It took the work of key inventors, businesspeople,||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode One: Japanese Coffee||In this first episode of Coffee Canon, we take a look at Japan: a culture rich with history and tradition. Today, Japanese people love coffee – they’ve invented entire brew methods that the rest of the world adopted – but it wasn’t always this w||10/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing Coffee Canon||Introducing Coffee Canon: an exploration of the history, narratives, people, and places that contributed and shaped coffee’s global spread.||10/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3 Episode 3: The Impact of Instant Coffee||This episode is all about the product which makes up over half of the global coffee market: instant coffee. As it turns out, instant coffee has more than earned it’s status as a mainstay in hotel rooms and grocery store aisles across the world – i||4/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3 Episode 2: The History of Irish Coffee||In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, this week’s episode is all about the history of Irish Coffee. Starting in a flying boat terminal in Ireland, then making its way to San Francisco, the story of how Irish Coffee made it into mainstream culture is well w||3/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3 Episode 1: Cities And Their Coffee Cultures||Welcome back to The Boise Coffee Podcast! In this first episode of Season 3 I discuss how a city’s culture influences their coffee culture, then I give some tips on how to find great coffee when you’re visiting a new city.||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 16: International Podcast/Coffee Day||This weekend is incredibly special: yesterday was National Coffee Day and the 7th Anniversary of BoiseCoffee.org, today is International Podcast Day, and tomorrow is International Coffee Day! This week’s episode discusses each of the holidays,||9/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 15: Italian Coffee ft. Hannah Mansfield||Over the last two weeks my wife, Hannah, and I were celebrating our anniversary in Italy. We got the opportunity to try coffee from the Cinque Terre, Florence, Venice, Rome, and Milan, and we learned a lot about Italian coffee culture as we went.||9/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 14: We Are Happy To Serve You||If we’re honest with ourselves, coffee shops provide a very utilitarian function during most of our week. They’re there to provide us with morning-saving caffeine-infused goodness on our way to work. In this episode we dive headlong into the world o||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 13: One Year Podcasting||To celebrate one year of The Boise Coffee Podcast I made an episode that highlights some of the key lessons I’ve learned while making the show. Most of the things discussed in this episode apply to the creative process in general; artists, writers,||8/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 12: Developing Latte Art & Perfecting Espresso||Making coffee is as much an art as it is a science. As with any culinary endeavor, the amount of time and energy you put into the ingredients, the preparation, the creation, and the presentation of a cup of coffee or espresso,||6/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 11: Coffee Production||Before coffee is brewed and ground, before it is roasted, sold, or traded, and before it’s processed and picked, it must first be grown. Coffee, like most commodities, is a plant. At one time it was wild, and now it’s cultivated.||6/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 10: Crema.co ft. Emily McIntyre||This week on The Boise Coffee Podcast I’m joined by fellow coffee fanatic, and founder/coffee director at Crema.co, Emily McIntyre. Emily and I originally connected over Twitter and after talking with her I was intrigued by her company.||5/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 9: The Chemex – A Synthesis of Logic and Madness||Peter Schlumbohm was a larger-than-life inventor, marketer, and idea-man. At over 6 ft tall and around 300lbs, he was a hard man to miss. He loved food, women, and coming up with new ways of streamlining and solving old problems.||5/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 8: The AeroPress||Alan Adler founded his company, Aerobie, around his flying disc by the same name. He essentially perfected the Frisbee, then went on to sell 1.4 million of them in just two years. Not only that, Alan’s flying disc broke the Guinness World Record for||4/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 7: Good Grounds Coffee ft. Mary Lansden Rees-Jones||I’m joined this week by Mary Lansden Rees-Jones (formerly Brewbaker), one of the founders and the current Managing Director at Good Grounds Coffee Co. Good Grounds is a coffee pre-financing, export/trading company based in Congo and the United States.||4/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 6: Loyalty Programs and Coffee||The Pareto principle states that for many events, 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. For a business, this means that 80% of sales comes from 20% of customers. One of the keys to having a successful company, then,||4/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 5: The Five Attempts to Ban Coffee||Coffee brings people together. It encourages conversations, stimulates thought, and provokes epiphany. Everyone seems to agree with this – or do they? It turns out that throughout history, not everyone has supported coffee or even believed it to be he||3/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 4: Family Coffee Break||In this episode of The Boise Coffee Podcast I take a breather from the normal routine to have a conversation with my wife and my parents about our coffee roots. Thanks to my mom, Susan, my dad, Dennis, and Hannah – my beautiful wife!||2/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 3: Coffee Flavors and Aromas||In this episode of The Boise Coffee Podcast I discuss coffee flavors and aromas, and how you can use the Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel to put words to what you experience when you try a new coffee. You can see all three versions of the wheel below.||2/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 2: The History of Coffee Pt. 2 – “The Favorite Drink of the Civilized World”||In this follow up to The History of Coffee Part 1 I discuss how coffee made its way from Europe to the United States, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and beyond. Focusing in on the 17th-19th centuries,||2/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 1: The History of Coffee Pt. 1||I’m super excited to bring you Season 2 of The Boise Coffee Podcast, and we’re kicking it off right with a two-part season premiere. I haven’t written or talked much about the history of coffee, and I thought I’d take this opportunity to give a||2/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 Preview||Hey everyone! After taking the holidays off, I’m ready to get back to podcasting. Season 2 of The Boise Coffee Podcast will start in early February with a two episode season premiere on the history of coffee. After that,||1/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1 Episode 8: Social Networks and Coffee ft. Gilles Brunner from Algrano||A lot of firsts on this week’s episode of The BoiseCoffee Podcast! First week live-streaming the entire podcast – if you missed it, be sure to tune in next week on Meerkat and Periscope (follow me at both @ColinMansfield and @BoiseCoffee).||9/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1 Episode 7: #KillTheKCup Pt. 2 – The Environment||This long-awaited next installment of the BoiseCoffee Podcast #KillTheKCup saga is here! I took a month off to get married, and am ready to return to getting this podcast out weekly. You can listen to Part 1 here.||9/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1 Episode 6: #KillTheKCup Pt. 1||This installment of The BoiseCoffee Podcast continues a long tradition here on the site: talking about all the reasons you should avoid Keurig coffee makers and the brew they produce. This is the first of a two-part episode,||8/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1 Episode 5: Fair Trade vs. Direct Trade||Episode 5 of The BoiseCoffee Podcast centers around two very different, yet connected ways of sourcing coffee: Fair Trade, and Direct Trade. In this installment I outline the history of FLO, and give my reasons why I believe that Direct Trade – as out||8/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1 Episode 4: Cold Brew||In this 4th installment of The BoiseCoffee Podcast I talk about cold brew coffee – what it is, how you make it, and why it’s suddenly become a cultural phenomenon this summer. For a quick guide on brewing, check out this post from earlier this summe||7/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1 Episode 3: Home Brewing||Episode 3 of the BoiseCoffee Podcast centers around the five essentials for home brewing: A high quality burr grinder Freshly roasted, delicious coffee beans A way to brew Some type of water kettle A kitchen scale that reads in grams While there are ma.||7/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1 Episode 2: Coffee Waves||This week’s episode of the BoiseCoffee Podcast centers around the three waves of coffee, starting in the 40s and moving through time until today. Also, if you like the audio clips that bookend the episode, check the links below to watch the full video||7/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1 Episode 1: Let’s Order Coffee||I’m super excited to announce the brand-new hot-off-the-press BoiseCoffee Podcast! After much deliberation, I’ve decided that Podcasting is too fun to pass up. These short-form (usually 15-45 min) episodes will be aimed at coffee newcomers and veter||7/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Each episode from BoiseCoffee gives helpful information about everything coffee. From learning how to order a scrumptious cup of joe to learning how to make one yourself-barista style, Colin Mansfield delivers. He has a sense of humor and is easy to listen too. You're sure to learn something new in each episode. Give it a try.
Very fun listen, I highly recommend it!
You can be a coffee snob too!!
I always looked at baristas and cool hipsters sipping their specialty coffee at trendy independent coffee stores with their round sunglasses and pointy mustaches and felt really inferior. But in this podcast Colin breaks it down so simply and easy to explain, I realized that anyone, even myself, can be just as cool! I never knew there was so much to know about the simple black drink we call joe. Thanks Colin!
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