Caffeine Versus Coffee

While exploring all of the topics concerning my coffee podcast, I’ve come to the realization that no two coffee snobs are alike. And not everyone stays a coffee enthusiast their whole life. So, what’s the real difference between an average coffee consumer and an enthusiast? I tackled this question in an article for Top Brew’s blog:

Of course, there are varying levels of coffee snobbery. We’ve met Coffee Drinkers that were just as snobby about their Keurigs as a Coffee Enthusiast was snobby about their Chemex. The coffee drink, recipe, or brewing tools don’t make a good or bad person. But the Drinker and the Enthusiast foundationally want different things.

A Coffee Drinker wants convenience and consistency over quality.

A Coffee Enthusiast wants rich flavors and freshness over quantity.

Something I didn’t feel belonged in the post was the subject of caffeine. I think that everyone has an opinion about it:

  • You love it and want lots of it
  • You are concerned that it mostly harms you
  • You don’t know what to think, so you can take it or leave it

At the heart of all of us coffee drinking people, I think we started drinking because we wanted some of that mental alertness that comes with caffeine. But in and of itself, I don’t think we keep drinking coffee mainly for the caffeine, because it’s available in many other beverages that we won’t really consider, like tea.

I’m still exploring the subject. That’s the thing about coffee; there’s lots to discuss.


Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.