The Evolution Of A Coffee Blogger


It wasn’t too long ago that I thought Dunkin Donuts coffee overflowing with sugar and cream was good coffee. It was bad. I was drinking coffee from cans with labels like Foldgers and Maxwell, worrying more about price per pound than the taste of the coffee that I was drinking.

Got a Dunkin' Donuts Coffee

Then I got the crazy idea to start a coffee blog and my life hasn’t been the same since!

Before Daily Shot Of Coffee, I had a twenty dollar Mr. Coffee drip coffee maker and a cheap blade coffee grinder sitting on my kitchen counter. However, today that counter looks a lot different.

It didn’t take long for my Mr. Coffee to disappear when I discovered that high quality coffee makers equals better tasting coffee. It started with drip coffee makers with thermal carafes and thousands of watts to produce a more flavorful coffee.

But I wasn’t done. Everyone was talking about their French Presses. I thought French Presses were something that could only be found at fancy restaurants. However, after a little bit of trial and error, I was tasting coffee like I had never tasted it before. Suddenly, there were intricate mixes of flavors that I had never imagined.

The Maxwell House was replaced by coffees from all over the globe. I’ve been fortunate to taste rare coffees like Jamaican Blue Mountain and Hawiian Kona. I tasted Kopi Luwak, a coffee that some consider weird and my friends have proclaimed that they would never try. You can bet there’s no way I would’ve tried that a couple of years ago at Dunkin Donuts. I’ve also had coffee that was roasted by hand. Who even knew that people roasted coffee by hand?

But for me, the most exciting part isn’t the fancy gadgets or the world class coffees, it’s meeting the fellow coffee fanatics and discovering that coffee was more than a source of caffeine.

The journey isn’t over for me yet. Sometime in the near future, I’m going to try roasting my own coffee. If by some miracle, it’s any good, I may share it with my new found coffee friends. Plus, I’d like to upgrade to a full fledged espresso machine. That’s a whole other world that I look forward to exploring.

Mike is the caffeinated blogger behind Daily Shot Of Coffee. You can find him there reviewing coffee, equipment and rooting for the Yankees.

Photo by Steve Garfield

Mike Crimmins
I founded Daily Shot Of Coffee in March of 2009. I love writing and writing about my favorite morning seemed like the perfect way to express my creativity. I wasn’t a coffee expert (and I still don’t think I am), but I was interested in drinking better coffee.
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  1. restoration franchise

    I enjoy having a good cup of coffee in the morning but I’m curious as to whether there is a good home coffee maker for making your own Lattes. I’d like to be able to make lattes at home but I frankly don’t have a clue how to do it. Perhaps you could do a video tutorial on that if there is a machine on the market for it.

  2. krzystoff

    roasting your own is well and good if you’ve too much time on your hands, but I can’t imagine ever doing it myself — albeit it’s said you can only enjoy the freshest quality if you do a daily roast, I’d still rather leave the time and effort to a trained expert. we have many shops around specialising in just that, so I’d rather save the time for a few cents more.

    the American love affair with brewed/filtered coffee makes no sense at all — what a waste of perfectly good beans. that’s the same horrible sh!t you get out of coffee vending machines and budget inflight service worldwide — but after you’ve compared the difference with pressure-expressed coffee, you will never want to drink brewed slime again.

    we have a sign at the office that says “life is too short for instant coffee” — so very true. even the ‘finest’ instant coffee is unspeakably bad, but it’s ever-popular amongst chain-smokers for obvious reasons.

    I almost bought a french press, but many of the reviews I read reported that whilst you can achieve great results it takes a lot of work to perfect it, generally quality/strength is somewhat unreliable and worse still the presses are prone to breaking. whilst they are economical I gave the idea a miss.

    espresso machines are really the only way to go, but for a good unit the cost is difficult for most people to justify. if your household consumes 4-6 cups a day it’s worth the expense, any less than that you should consider a pod system.

  3. stephen

    I count myself lucky that my folks brought me up on lots of french press rather than any instant coffee. In fact I can’t ever remember seeing any instant in the house growing up.

    I would love to roast my own, but i’m more than happy indulging in as many expertly roasted beans from around the world as i can find. It was because of this evolution as a coffee explorer that i found your blog.

    Keep up the good work!!

  4. James Whitbord

    I am at the considering the French Press stage.Already ditched the Maxwell House, except at AA meetings where it is the signature brew.