Coffee Joulies Keep Your Java the Perfect Temperature


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If you haven’t yet heard of Coffee Joulies, then get ready for a game-changing development in the world of perfectly served coffee.

Life on earth can exist because we live in what scientists call a “Goldilocks Zone.” Really. Lab-coated men and women of science say that with a straight face. Funny, right? Anyway, what they mean is that conditions here on earth are just right for us to exist.

Let’s not veer too far off-topic. Coffee has a “Goldilocks Zone” too. You know what we’re talking about. It’s not too hot, but not too cold. It’s just right, just like the baby bear’s porridge.

Well, Coffee Joulies are designed to keep your drink in that perfect temperature range.

The Story of How Coffee Joulies Came To Be

Two design geeks named Dave had a problem. They were tired of their coffee being too hot to drink, but they were also frustrated with the fact that once it did reach optimum drinking temperature, it didn’t stay that way for long. Pretty soon, it was too cold to properly enjoy.

While some folks might simply burn their tongues or complain about that meager window of opportunity for the perfect coffee experience, Dave and Dave decided to do something about it.

So, they developed the Coffee Joulie, which are stainless steel “coffee beans” filled with a top-secret (but totally nontoxic) mystery goo that melts at 140 degrees Fahrenheit. As it melts, it absorbs excess heat from the drink.

Once the beverage cools down to the goo’s melting point, the goo transfers the heat back through the stainless steel shell into the coffee, solidifying in the process.

Trying Out Coffee Joulies in Your Cup

Put a Coffee Joulie in your next cup, and you’ll find that it quickly reaches the proverbial Goldilocks Zone and stays there for a really long time! You won’t need to worry about catching your cup at just the right moment to get the best experience. You can drink it at your leisure, and be assured that you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy it.

And here’s another cool factoid about these miracles of modern science; Coffee Joulies are made in a former Oneida silverware factory, right here in the good old U. S. of A!

Oh, and did we mention how cool looking they are? They’re like giant metal beans from a shiny galaxy far, far away. Coffee Joulies are also a wonderful gift for the design-obsessed coffee lover in your life. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from buying a set for yourself. Why not? You deserve a special present.

Enjoy Coffee Catering At Your Next Event


For a small weekly sales meeting, you might just arrive a bit early and make some coffee in the office coffee pot. But for special occasions, you might want to consider hiring a special coffee catering service. After all, you stand to get the most from those in attendance when you serve them the best coffee you can find.

Why Coffee Catering?

Many Americans drink coffee on a daily basis, so it’s a must-have for any event, especially if your catered event takes place in the morning. And if that event happens to be a special occasion, it’s best to serve coffee drinks that will impress the guests and make them feel appreciated.

If you’re hosting the event, you have better things to do than make coffee, and your coffeemaker might not be able to keep pace with the coffee consumption of your guests. This is exactly where specialized catering saves the day!

Coffee Caterers to the Rescue

If you leave your coffee up to a food catering service, you might end up being a little disappointed. After all, food is their main business. Coffee is often an afterthought, an additional service that they tack on to round out their offerings and provide a full suite of catering services.

But for coffee caterers, java is job number 1. They don’t serve elaborate cuisine, nor do they set out the silverware. When it comes to serving refreshing iced toddies, fair-trade drip coffee, or delicious espresso drinks, they’re professionals in the coffee catering world.

You can rely on a specialized catering company to make sure everyone at your event gets coffee when they want it, and served just the way they like it… unless they like bad coffee. But hey, at least you’re exposing them to the good stuff.

How to Choose a Catering Company

Your local coffee house may actually offer catering services. If you’re not sure, have a look at their website and see if they do. You might be surprised to find that you can hire baristas from your favorite morning pit stop to take care of coffee catering duty for your awards ceremony, fundraiser, family reunion, or holiday party. That way, you’ll be able to personally vouch for the quality of the coffee served at your event.

If your neighborhood coffee shop doesn’t offer coffee catering, then don’t worry. Just do a web search for companies in your local area. Check out their online reviews to see which ones have drawn the most acclaim from other members of your community, or ask your friends or colleagues about their experiences. You’re bound to find a few excellent ones to choose from!

Enjoy Your Coffee

You might not put too much thought into the coffee served at your events, but perhaps you should. After all, any event goes better with a great cup of coffee!

Coffee Movie Scenes We Love


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If movies were made about our morning routines, then coffee would likely win an award for best supporting actor, or at least be a major plot point. And while we may never become Hollywood A-listers, our favorite wake-up beverage is no stranger to the silver screen. Here are some of our favorite coffee movie scenes from a few films you might have seen and loved.

Office Space – Lumbergh Nightmare

When disgruntled programmer Peter Gibbons learns that his love interest (played by Jennifer Aniston) once had a romantic relationship with his insufferable boss, Hal Lumbergh, he has a terrible nightmare of a mini-coffee movie featuring the two of them doing the deed as Lumbergh casually sips from his ever-present Initech coffee cup.

Glengarry Glen Ross – Coffee Is for Closers

alec-baldwin-glengarry-glen-ross“Put that coffee down! Coffee’s for closers only,” begins Alec Baldwin in his scenery-chewing scene from the David Mamet’s cult classic Glengarry Glen Ross. The diatribe that follows is far too salty to be repeated here, but if you’ve never seen the movie, Baldwin’s character leaves no room for doubt about whom coffee is for.

The Usual Suspects – The Coffee Drop

For much of the film, we’re led to believe that Roger “Verbal” Kint is just a patsy – a crippled small-potatoes con-man who got in over his head. During his interrogation, he weaves a tail about the mysterious and murderous Mafioso named Keyser Soze. By the time agent Dave Kujan realizes that Kint was the mastermind behind the whole operation, it’s too late; the real Keyser Soze has gotten into a car and disappeared. He drops his coffee cup on the floor and it shatters in slow motion, just as all of the pieces of the mystery come together.

Mulholland Drive – Bad Coffee

In David Lynch’s cryptic film Mulholland Drive, fictitious Hollywood director Adam Kesher has his film taken over by mobsters. In a meeting with the mob, he is informed that: A. he is going to cast Camilla Rhodes in his film, or else, and B. his taste in espresso is sub-par, to say the least.


L.A. Story – The Coffee Order

Don’t ever try to order a “half double decaffeinated half-caff with a twist of lemon” from your local barista. It may have worked for Steve Martin in L.A. Story, but there’s really no such thing. This is one coffee movie scene you might want to forget!

Heat – The Legendary Tete-a-tete

Pacino. De Niro. Coffee. Three legends have a sit-down. It’s a tense moment: the hard-boiled police lieutenant and the criminal mastermind… the hunter and the hunted, though it’s hard to tell which is which. Both make their intentions quite plainly known. The coffee in the movie doesn’t say much, but you can tell it has the situation under control.

Coffee Movies Might Be Overstating It

Okay, so these are all “famous” movie scenes where coffee the beverage features heavily. They’re not really Coffee Movies, but from where we’re standing, the films would not have been the same without our favorite beverage!

How to Fuel Your Week With a Strong Monday Coffee

Fuel Your Week With a Strong Monday Coffee by CoffeeForLess

The weekend is over, and now it’s officially time to get back to business. Having a little bit of trouble getting started on Monday? What better way to kick off your week than with a strong Monday coffee?

Strong Coffee Defined

What is strong coffee, anyway? For some, it comes down to caffeine content. The higher the caffeine content, the more of a lift your coffee will give you.

For others, a coffee’s strength is measured by its taste. That first bracing belt of java during the Monday coffee routine ignites the senses, pries open drowsy eyelids, and gets those neurons firing on all cylinders.

We’d posit that a truly strong cup of Monday morning coffee has the best of both worlds: a substantial dose of caffeine coupled with a robust flavor sure to boost the mood.

Monday Coffee Magic: It’s in the Beans

If you want a good, strong cup of Monday coffee to being your week off right, you’ll need to start with the proper beans. In terms of caffeine content, Tanzania Peaberry, Colombia Supremo, Indian Mysore, and Kenya AA are all known to be among the strongest. Generally speaking, Arabica and Columbian have the strongest flavor.

Don’t Forget the Roast

Of course, the roast has a lot to do with your Monday coffee’s flavor, as well. The longer a coffee is roasted, the more intense its flavor becomes. That being said, it’s important to note that roasting also burns off some of the coffee’s caffeine, so take that into account when choosing your coffee beans. Strong coffee lovers generally favor beans that have been French roasted.

If you’re the DIY sort, you can even roast your own Monday coffee at home. Green coffee beans can be ordered online or purchased at high-end grocers. That way, you can find the perfect balance between a strong roast and optimal caffeination.

Back to the Grind

Image: Good morning coffee at desk via Paolo Valdemarin/Flickr

Image: Good morning coffee at desk via Paolo Valdemarin/Flickr

The way you grind your beans also affects your coffee’s flavor. Fresh-ground coffee is always best, and don’t overdo it. Choose a coffee grinder that allows you to grind your coffee to a coarse, chunky consistency for the strongest flavor, and avoid overheating your grinder, or you’ll end up with bitter coffee.

Speaking of eliminating bitterness, here’s a great tip: add a pinch of salt to your coffeepot. You’ll be pleased to find that it allows the subtleties of even the strongest coffee to shine through.

Monday Coffee Is Where the Rubber Meets the Road

The first day of your workweek sets the tone for the rest of it, so it’s important to kick it off with a bang. That first strong cup of coffee can give you the boost you need to shake off the Mondays and get things done. While we’re big fans of frontloading the week and tackling the tough stuff first, it’s best to enjoy your morning ritual first, just to set the right tone.

Coffee With a Cop Aims to Grow Stronger, Healthier Communities


Over the past year or so, the news has featured many stories that call into question the relationship between the police and the communities they serve. Protests have resulted in violence, and twitter hashtags have mushroomed. Now, an organization called Coffee with a Cop hopes to change the way that communities interact with their local police force.

The Community Affairs Unit

The Community Affairs Unit started in Hawthorne, California, a town of around 80,000 located in Los Angeles County. The events were originally the brainchild of Chief Robert Fager, who started the Special Operations Bureau and the Community Affairs Unit. These projects were designed to identify and address issues within the community.

The organization was charged with identifying the community’s issues, and in the process of brainstorming ideas, someone mentioned cops and coffee. However, there was no working model for implementing such a plan. Undaunted, the Chief and his staff decided to take a chance and design a whole new paradigm for community engagement: thus was born, Coffee With a Cop.

Initial Success

The inaugural Coffee With a Cop event was a smashing success. A huge line full of people who were eager to share their stories and concerns with the community formed. There were many community members present who had never before had an opportunity to speak with a police officer, and the Coffee With a Cop event was an opportunity to break down those barriers.

Too often, the police are viewed as an aggressive force rather than a helpful element in a city, and Coffee With a Cop helped to warm the relationship that many people have with the police.

Coffee With a Cop Spreads Nationwide

Since that first meeting, which was catered by a Hawthorne-area McDonalds, the program has begun to spread like wildfire. All across the nation, police departments have decided to reach out to the community with the hand of friendship and free coffee.

In May 2014, the Hillsboro, Oregon police department held their first Coffee With a Cop event. Chief Lee Dobrowolski had experienced the program as a deputy chief in Salt Lake City, Utah. Forest Grove, Oregon also has a Coffee With a Cop program, which they learned about in an online forum hosted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Coffee With a Cop: Becoming Part of the National Fabric

The Coffee With a Cop program has made it all the way to Tennessee, Michigan, Iowa, and New Jersey. The relatively simple idea of sitting down with the community over a hot cup of coffee has opened police and citizens up to one another in new and profound ways.

Coffee has long been thought to be a medicinal brew, and now its healing properties are being implemented to great effect in municipalities nationwide through the Coffee With a Cop program. Opening up conversation is just one way to personalize policing and recalls the long-gone days of police who would walk their beat and interact with citizens on a direct and more human level.

Make Your Very Own Coffee Grounds Compost

A Coffee Grounds Compost Helps Your Garden Grow by CoffeeForLess

Every day, people across America wake up to a fresh pot of steaming hot coffee. And every day, they toss their used coffee grounds into the trash or compost bin, and then go about their business.

While this is a normal practice for many, all of those coffee grounds can be reused to create incredible soil for lawns and gardens alike. After all, coffee grounds are packed with nutrients that your plants need, so saving the used coffee grounds will be a boon to your yard or community garden.

Coffee Grounds and Nitrogen

The chief benefit of using coffee grounds in compost is the nitrogen they provide to the soil and thus to plants. Plants need nitrogen to conduct photosynthesis, however, plants also need carbon-rich items in their soil. Gardeners consider nitrogen-rich items ″green,″ and leaves, coffee filters, and twigs to be ″brown″ matter.

The green items create the heat and energy in a compost pile that helps break down the brown items. Greens also provide a hospitable environment for bacteria to flourish. Thus, the heat generated by coffee grounds will help speed the process of decomposition.

Worms Love Coffee Grounds

Worms also love coffee grounds in compost. Composters always rave at the incredible activity they witness when they add coffee grounds to their vermicomposting piles. Gardeners report that when they add coffee grounds to their compost, the worms appear more healthy and ready to lay eggs. This is the best news a composter can hear, because worms accelerate the composting process, as well. Accelerating the proliferation of worms in a compost environment will result in more and better soil for your garden.

Mushrooms Decompose Grounds

Gardeners who love mushrooms also use coffee grounds as a substrate for their mushrooms. You can purchase oyster mushroom kits, and then place the mycelium

Image: Brianna Privett/Flickr

Image: Brianna Privett/Flickr

in coffee grounds and also tealeaves. The fungi will help break down the grounds into usable soil, while providing you and your family with a tasty, protein-packed delicacy.

Starting Coffee Ground Compost

To start a standard coffee ground compost, you will want to begin with 40% grounds, 20% grass clippings, and 40% dried leaves (brown). Mix all of the ingredients and dampen them so that the pile is damp, but not sopping or soaking wet. You might find worms by digging in your yard or by asking a friend or neighbor if they have some extras in their compost piles. It is also possible to find worms for sale to fishermen. Wherever you manage to find them, add them directly to the compost pile with the coffee grounds and other ingredients, and let them get to work!

More Uses for Coffee Grounds Beyond Compost

While coffee grounds make for a great compost material, they are also said to have other important uses. Some gardeners claim that sprinkling coffee grounds around their plants keeps the slugs and snails at bay. Others claim that cats will avoid using garden beds as a litter box if you sprinkle coffee grounds around.

Creating a healthy garden is a snap for coffee lovers. Saving the daily grounds and mixing them in a compost pile will speed the success of your flowers and food-bearing plants. If you need more coffee grounds for compost purposes, you might talk to your local coffee shop to see if they offer their leftover grounds to the public. Just a few pounds of coffee grounds should set your compost pile well on its way!

Jerry Seinfeld Created a Successful Show about Comedians Drinking Coffee


Jerry Seinfeld may be a brilliant comedian, but he’s a little lazy when it comes to coming up with actual premises for shows. And it seems that now, he’s come up with a show about comedians going for coffee. As premises go, it’s a little stronger than a show about nothing. And guess what? It’s really funny. When you’re Jerry Seinfeld, you don’t need convoluted plotlines or crazy twists and turns.

The Cars

Jerry Seinfeld and Louis C.K. ride in a Fiat Jolly

Jerry Seinfeld and Louis C.K. ride in a Fiat Jolly

It must be said that the cars featured in Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee aren’t just any cars. They’re prized automotive relics. Jerry and Louis C.K. take a spin in a Fiat Jolly, a wicker-seated deathtrap that would look more at home on a beach than it does on the highway. Chris Rock is treated to a high-speed cruise in a vintage Lamborghini P400S Miura, complete with a police stop.

Jay Leno, famously an automotive connoisseur himself, is duly impressed to be picked up in a 1949 Porsche 356/2, a hand-built early example of the famous automaker’s signature profile. So all in all, we’re talking about watching a show that features comedians drinking coffee, and little else!

Comedians Drinking Coffee

Jerry and friends don’t seem too picky about the coffee itself. Sometimes they hit the trendy local coffee shop, other days they opt for a full breakfast at a greasy spoon. Watching the show, though, you will find yourself craving a cup of Joe, as there are some great shots of both coffee and espresso prep – and you can almost smell it brewing.

The Comedians

The real stars of the show are the comedians drinking the coffee, of course. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee features some of comedy’s top established talents, as well as some of its brightest rising stars. Former guests on the show include Seinfeld co-creator Larry David, Daily Show star John Stewart, 30 Rock star and writer Tina Fey, stand-up sensation Sarah Silverman, and comedy legends Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks in one episode – all comedians drinking coffee during the show.

The show is all improvisation, which leads to some really funny and unexpected moments. Fans of improv standup performances and impromptu shows such as The Trip and An Idiot Abroad will find plenty to laugh about here.

Where to Tune In to See Comedians Drinking Coffee

If Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee sounds like your cup of… coffee, you’ll be happy to know that you can tune in any time you at the show’s website. It’s also available to stream via Crackle, the Sony-backed online entertainment distributor.

Tune In, Top Off, and Enjoy

If you’re finding your regular carpool companions to be a bit of a bore, just grab your tablet, your favorite coffee mug, and your headphones, and it will almost be like you’re there with Seinfeld and his guests. You’ll likely be surprised just how entertaining it is to watch comedians drinking coffee together. Just make sure it’s not your turn to drive when you do!

Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee by Jerry Seinfeld

5 Hottest Coffee Trends Right Now

Pour Over Coffee Latest Single Cup Coffee TrendCoffee is finding its rightful place amongst the gourmet crowd, gaining an appreciation amongst many on par with fine wine. It is moving away from the utilitarian work-motivator and finding a comfortable home in the world of the gastronomical arts. One result of this transition has been a boom in artisanal coffee roasters, and another has been the adoption of new coffee preparation techniques that ensure a fresher, better extraction.

Today, we’re going to have a look at some of the emerging trends in coffee today and identify the five hottest coffee trends. While coffee still serves a utilitarian role in many lives, you can enjoy better coffee via the many methods of coffee preparation currently  growing in popularity.

Five Coffee Trends Raising the Coffee Bar

The five coffee trends below cover a spectrum of professional and personal choices that are influencing the way people drink their coffee. Many are focused on the quality and freshness of the extraction, often with a desire to brew a single cup or smaller volume of coffee more effectively and delicious-tasting.

Micro Roasting Beans

Small batch roasting is spreading across the country as a growing trend. Coffee shops are micro roasting green coffee beans. Coffee roasters are using equipment to brew smaller, more consistent batches of coffee, much as New York Coffee does. This trend has gone so far that many coffee fanatics are starting to roast green coffee beans at home. You really can’t get any fresher than that.

Cold Brewed Coffee

The last couple of years have seen the rise of the cold brewed coffee. This is coffee brewed in room temperature or lower water for as much as 24 hours. The cold extraction of coffee compounds provides a smoother, less bitter extraction that many compare to dark chocolate. While this method involves patience, it results in such an excellent brew that many companies are now bottling and selling cold brew coffee.

Pour Over Coffee Brewing

Pour over coffee is gaining in popularity so quickly that coffee shops across the country are investing in pour over coffee equipment to meet the demands of consumers.  Pour over coffee brewing is accomplished by putting a coffee filter into a glass or ceramic funnel, packing it with ground coffee, and then pouring boiled water through the grounds for the freshest extraction possible. Pour over coffee enthusiasts rave about the coffee produced with this method and the Hario V60 ceramic funnel cone  or the Chemex glass pour over coffee maker.

Light Roast Coffee Popularity

Ever since Starbucks stormed the American coffee scene in the 90s, Americans have been drinking more and more dark roast coffee. The trend seems to be reversing after nearly twenty years of dark roast dominance. Developing American palates are seeking out more complex flavors and really seeking to taste the bean rather than the roast. Light roast coffee is the way to do it.

Single Cup Coffee Brewing

Fresh, fresh, fresh! That’s how people want their coffee these days, leaving behind old stale carafes of heated-all-day coffee and embracing a single cup of coffee brewed on demand. While some use the pour over method to accomplish this goal, many are turning to single cup coffee makers to enjoy a fresh brew that is easy and convenient. Keurig K-Cup coffee makers are leading the way with this trend, but many other brands are arriving on the market to meet this consumer demand.

The Rich History of Coffee: Separating Fact from Fiction


You might not give your coffee a second thought when you take that first sip in the morning. But as it so happens, your beloved morning cup of joe has a very interesting backstory. Let’s delve into the true history of coffee, to see where this beverage finds its origins.

Mysterious Origins of Coffee

Regarding the history of coffee, its initial discovery is shrouded in mystery, but there are a few legends. As one story tells it, a traveling Sufi mystic who went by the rather lengthy moniker Ghothul Akbar Nooruddin Abu al-Hasan al-Shadhili was trekking through Ethiopia when he noticed that a particular flock of birds seemed to have more than their fair share of vim and vigor. He observed them dining on a particular berry, and upon eating a few of them himself, discovered that it imbued him with the same spunk he’d observed in the local avian population.

Another account credits a Sufi disciple named Omar with discerning the coffee bean’s stimulating properties. Exiled to a desert cave, Omar found himself in desperate need of sustenance. In an act of desperation, he began to eat coffee berries, but found them unpleasantly bitter. So he built a fire and roasted them, but they became too crunchy to eat. Finally, he boiled them and found that the resulting liquid gave him the extra vitality he needed to survive in the desert. Word spread of his discovery, and he was welcomed home to Mocha as a holy man.

Yet another origin story tells of Kaldi the goatherd, who saw his goats frolicking a little more enthusiastically than usual after eating some strange red berries. After trying a few, he gathered some of the berries and took them to a local monastery, hoping the learned monks could explain the berries’ mysterious properties. The monk he met there was leery of these unusual berries, so he threw them into the fire, at which point all the other monks came to investigate the enticing aroma wafting around the monastery. “This smells great! Maybe we can drink it,” they said to each other, and soon, all the monks in the monastery were sweeping the halls with a ferocity not often witnessed in such hallowed locales. Or so the story goes.

Exploring the History of Coffee: Arabian Nights

We’re not sure which of the legendary accounts are true, but one thing is for certain: coffee as we know it did come from the Sufi monasteries of southern Arabia, probably sometime during the 15th century.

The Arabians knew a good thing when they saw it, and they were eager to share it with traders from neighboring lands. Soon, the intoxicating aroma of coffee was filling the air in Persia, Syria, Egypt, and Turkey.

Coffeehouses began to spring up in the more cosmopolitan cities, and the originals were much like the ones we frequent today. There were chess games, gossip, intellectual debates, and the occasional open mic night, only without the microphones, of course.

With Mecca being a popular destination for religious pilgrims, word of the invigorating and pungent beverage soon spread far and wide. The Arabians were fine with visitors enjoying their coveted local flavor, and didn’t mind selling them some beans to take home, but they certainly didn’t want to lose their hold on such a profitable product, so they kept their cultivation and production secrets closely guarded. Or so the ancient history of coffee goes…


The Dawn of European Coffee Culture

Later on in the history of coffee, by the 1600s, the beverage had found enthusiastic fans in Europe. In typical fashion, members of the clergy initially condemned it, but calmed down once the Pope gave it the papal OK. Soon, there were coffee shops all over London, Vienna, Venice, and Amsterdam, and they quickly became popular social gathering places.

Coffee in the Colonies

Coffee’s first introduction to the New World took place in New York City, which was then known as New Amsterdam. The colonists enjoyed coffee, but weren’t completely sold on it at first. Of course, that all changed with the Boston Tea Party. After that, Americans switched to imported Dutch coffee in droves, just to spite the Brits. To this day, we’re still a devout nation of coffee drinkers.

How Coffee Shop Music Became a Musical Genre


The next time you’re enjoying a cup of java at your favorite local coffee purveyor, pay attention to the music emanating from the house sound system. Those soothing yet engaging sounds you’re hearing might be classified as any number of musical genres, and they can come from just about any era. And yet, they all share a certain essence, don’t they?

They’re smooth and melodious enough to sit in the background, with just enough musical tension to make them engaging. That perfect balance between softness and edge makes them the ideal soundscape for a place like a coffeehouse.

Think about it: we all go to our local coffeehouses for different reasons. Sometimes we treat them as an office. Other times, we go there to socialize. Some mornings we’re in and out, just stopping by for our morning fix, and other days we spend hours studying or reading our favorite new book.

As the coffeehouse serves so many purposes simultaneously, it needs music that supports the roles it plays. It needs “coffee shop music.”

Coffee House Music: A Genre Defined

While individual examples of coffee shop music might be classified as jazz or soft rock, and others could be called electronic music or bossa nova, when taken as a whole, coffee shop music can be viewed as an eclectic genre of its own.

It’s a different type of genre than we’re used to. Instead of being defined by stylistic touchstones such as instrumentation or lyrical content, coffee house music can be characterized by an overall vibe. A single artist may even have some songs that fit this genre, and others that do not. Regardless of where it comes from, you know coffee shop music when you hear it.

We’re not the only ones who have come to think of coffee shop music as a distinct entity, by the way. There are satellite radio stations, musical compilations, and even bands devoted to the genre of coffee music.

Selected Musical Works for Quaffing Coffee

Singer-songwriters are popular choices for coffeehouse-friendly music. Artists such as Ray LaMontagne, Norah Jones, Iron and Wine, and Landon Pigg are great examples.

Coffee house music can also come from the alternative rock world. Bands such as Coldplay, R.E.M. and Death Cab for Cutie make an excellent complement to an iced Americano and a stimulating conversation.

Electronic music is another popular choice for coffeehouses. Selected works from artists like Royksopp, Owl City, and Frou Frou are ideal for studying over a cappuccino.

If you’re more into the classics, check out the works of Nick Drake, Loudon Wainwright III, Tim Buckley, Jackson Browne, and Leonard Cohen.

Feeling jazzy? Put Miles Davis’ seminal album Kind of Blue on the turntable. Follow it up with some of Charlie Parker’s iconic Verve Records output. After that, try some Dave Brubeck or Wynton Marsalis.

Perhaps you’d care for some Latin flavor with your Cortado? Stream selected works from João Gilberto, Chico Buarque, or Gal Costa.

Enjoy the Sound of Coffee With Coffee Shop Music

You’ve always loved the aroma, flavor, and boost that coffee gives you, but now you can become a connoisseur of the sound of coffee as well, giving you one more reason to stop by your local coffee shop or hit your favorite record store for rare grooves. Enjoy that selection of coffee house music!

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