What's going on, my coffee-loving friend?

My name is Benji, and I'm the guy behind The Coffee Concierge.

 

My Story

I started The Coffee Concierge as a platform for learning to make great coffee at home.

My love for coffee dates back to around 2010 when I decided I wanted to learn how to make a Mocha at home. At the time, I had no idea that a Mocha was an espresso-based drink, nor did I know just how much was involved in making one that compared to Peet's or Starbucks.

I also didn't know that I could do better than Peet's and Starbucks in terms of quality, as long as I had the right equipment and was willing to learn the ropes.

So I went out and bought a Cuisinart Espresso Maker that was on sale at Peet's, as well as a Capresso Infinity Burr grinder, RSVP Terry's Tamper, frothing pitcher, and a frothing thermometer.

From there, I also needed milk, chocolate sauce, and of course, coffee. All set, right?

Wrong.

While I was able to get something drinkable, I still couldn't get anything close to what I had hoped for. I had officially fallen down the rabbit hole of the coffee world, and I was only working on one type of coffee drink.

I soon began to develop an appreciation for specialty coffee as I was introduced to the likes of Philz, Blue Bottle, and Ritual Coffee Roasters here in the Bay Area where I live. I had no idea a cup of black coffee or straight espresso could be so delicious especially when compared to the coffee and espresso I was making at home.

From that point on, I was officially hooked on the craft and pursuit of making great coffee.

Coffee Gear

Originally, this site was all about the equipment used to make great coffee at home. While you will still find plenty of coffee maker reviews, the site's content is by no means limited to this. Basically, anything and everything that has to do with making great coffee at home is fair game to be published. Whether you're looking for a coffee experimentbrewing guide, or coffee recipe, I plan to cover it if I haven't already. By the way, I've graduated from most of my original coffee gear, but if you're curious about my current coffee gear, you can check it out here.

What this site is NOT about

I will never tell you how you should or should not drink your coffee. That's entirely up to you. I also believe that coffee theory should always be challenged and frequently tested. So I will do my best to never tell you that you must make your coffee this way or that way or do this and not that. Instead, I aim to run experiments regarding popular coffee theories so I can form my own conclusions and share these with you. I share my results in the coffee experiments section of the site. I encourage you to run your own experiments too and share your results within the posts.

This is about your coffee journey too

While I will definitely continue to document my own coffee findings, I want you to be involved in the process too. If there is anything you would like me to test, review, or teach, please let me know by contacting me.