I’m a roaster/barista, how can I get involved?
Stay tuned. We launched Coffee Common in early 2011 and we’ve only had two public events to date (one in London - July 2011, NYC - Jan 2012). We’ve got big plans and lofty goals, and as opportunities to get involved are identified, this site will be the best place to share that info. We’re really excited about the potential here, and can’t wait to see what is next.
Can I come to Coffee Common at TED?
No. (Unless you’re already inside the TED space.) Coffee Common has its origins with the TED Conference, so we continue to work with TED to provide delicious coffees by world-class roasters and baristas at their conferences. TED conferences are not open to the public and our events inside TED are for conference attendees exclusively. You can follow the action online and via our Google + Hangouts.
How are the baristas chosen for Coffee Common events?
There are thousands of amazing baristas around the globe - we couldn’t possibly include them all, so we start by asking people who have a proven track-record of being ambassadors of great coffee and have top communication and barista skills. We also aim for a balance of geographic and company representation. These baristas are paying their own way, and taking time away from their businesses and jobs to help us at each event. Many of the baristas who work with us have come to see us at past events we’ve done, or even stepped behind bar to help us out.
What about the roasters?
With so many quality roasters around the world, we narrow our list to those who we know have beautiful coffees with clarity and balance on their offering menus. The roasters also have to be able to produce, roast and ship enough coffee to meet the needs of each event - at their own expense.
I’m not in the coffee industry at all, I just love coffee. How can I help?
Right now, just by being here, you are doing plenty. Our mission here is to help you understand what goes on before your coffee hits the cup so that you can make more informed purchases and decisions, as well as ask questions and make requests at your local coffee shops. We hope the information we’re providing is helpful for you.
Where can I get more information about choosing, brewing, and tasting excellent coffee?
Check out some of these Additional Resources:
BrewMethods.com - Tasty, Delicious Coffee Recipes, with tips and methods for brewing excellent coffee.
33 Coffees - A personal journal for the coffee lover, or newbie, to guide and track your coffee exploration.
If there’s something we haven’t covered, please feel free to ask a question.