Hello, and welcome to the Coffee Club Network! This site functions as a blog and online community for coffee lovers across America. It should be a place to read up on local shops, learn about coffee culture, and figure out if that Americano is worth $5 (or if your home brew method really is just as good as the real thing).
However, this blog and network have a greater purpose. At some point, I would like to write a book about coffee shop culture in the United States. Last year, I encountered a life-changing text: TAKK: Explorations of Nordic Café Culture, written by Corey Kingston and Samantha Albert. These women, after receiving degrees in design, business, and architecture, travelled throughout Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Iceland, conducting a sort of “mini ethnography” in coffee shops. Their photos, notes, interviews, and quantitative data comprise a book about Nordic coffee culture.
This blog is intended to lay the groundwork for a similar project. I would, at some point, like to travel throughout the United States, exploring the coffee cultures of particular cities—what makes a New York coffee shop different from a Portland shop? How does Chicago fit in? How does race and class affect the treatment of coffee in specific neighborhoods? There are just a few of the questions I would like to answer.
Though I don’t yet have the time or resources necessary to embark on that nationwide trip, I want to share some of my favorite bits of American coffee culture: from coffee shop checklists to regional spotlights.