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January 30, 2017 /
BH Turns One – Looking Back (and Forward)

This week marks 1 year of Barista Hustle. A good opportunity to look at what has happened so far, and talk a little about what the future holds. Thanks so much for tagging along, reading, sharing, and commenting on everything. This is turning into a wonderful little community that sums up the best of coffee people and the internet. I’m really looking forward to another year!

Here’s some numbers:

– I’ve received over 2,500 emails with questions and lovely hellos/intros (these often make my day).
– BaristaHustle.com has served 250,000 humans over 1 million pages of coffee geekery.
– The email list has grown to over 13,000 people and a large majority of you have been opening it every week (thanks!!).
– I’ve written 66,000 words and your comments make up nearly 100,000 words!!!!! (I’m really happy about that one).
– The Slack group has 1766 members, and has already seen 40,000 messages posted. Crazy.

Here’s what I’m hoping to achieve in Year 2:

Digging into some more difficult questions. This will require much more time, and will likely mean that I won’t be publishing a full post every week. Quality in exchange for quantity. I’m sure you’re all OK with that. The email will still be weekly, and will have…

Better Curation. I want to give you fewer links each week. Instead, I’ll talk a little more about why it’s interesting and what I think about it (If you ever see anything interesting on the internets of coffee, please send it my way!).

A platform for long-form, serious, professional discussion/debate. This is still sorely lacking. The Slack is fun, but too fast-paced and transient for this kind of chat. Subreddits/forums/medium/disqus/facebook are all options. Ideas for this are very welcome! (CoffeeHustle was a foray into this space but hosting my own thing was effort>return.)

Begin translating to other languages. A lot of individuals have put up their hands as translators which is *extremely* generous and so, so appreciated. However, I’m looking for partner websites with existing audiences that can commit to turnaround times and 100% translation of the site, in exchange for hosting rights (I really don’t want to manage a multi-lingual website if I can avoid it. I also don’t want to be rushing/critiquing kind volunteers). If you are, or know of, a site that’s interested in this please get in touch!

Launching New Products and Tools. I’m in the process of finalising an EK43 alignment tool, and have begun talking to some manufacturers around Melbourne about making some other really exciting things. These will be coming your way sooner than you think!

It’s going to be a busy year! If you have any ideas or comments about the above, I’d love to hear it below.

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Frankie
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Frankie

Nice blog! Worth reading. I love this!

Ben
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Ben

Can’t wait for the EK43 alignment tool!

German D Salamanca
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German D Salamanca

Thanks for all mate, so happy to be a part of such an open, friendly and collaborative community such as the specialty coffee one! Great work.

Alan Bruce
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Alan Bruce

Congratulations Matt. The hustle coming through in my email is the highlight of my Monday morning. Can’t wait to see what the next year brings.

Apostolis Paipatis
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Apostolis Paipatis

Hello there Matt.I find very useful your hustles,and i always wait to read something new.I would like to see articles about filter coffee brewing.I mean guides,techniques,troubleshooting and everything that would be useful,a general guide about this.

Christian Yodhie
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Christian Yodhie

Thank you for all, mate. For every single thoughts you have shared. My barista skill have greatly improved until now. Keep inspiring!

Thijs Baarda
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Thijs Baarda

Thank you for all your hard work and sharing your knowledge and research.
keep up the good work!

Gregory Levine
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Gregory Levine

Bravo, Matt! My espresso dialing in skills are vastly superior to where they were a year ago. Your Hustles on extraction theory and step by step dialing in procedure made me a much better barista.

Eric Squires
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Eric Squires

Thanks for the work that you do at Barista Hustle! I know I’ve greatly improved my barista skills as a direct result of your work. And thanks for featuring my Perfect Daily Grind article in this week’s email!

Gabriel Rhodes
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Gabriel Rhodes

All your knowledge and research is possibly the most helpful beneficial thing that I’ve seen happen to Coffee Culture thank you Matt. Would love to see you do some posts on pros and cons to different styles of espresso machines(Volumetric, Semi-Automatic, Lever Press, Etc.)

Talia USA
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Talia USA

Thank you Matt! I love the blog and it helped motivate me to start my own business selling our delicious coffee through the web! – http://www.taliausa.com

Martin Kjeldsen
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Martin Kjeldsen

Hey Matt. Thanks for bringing us the hustle. Loads and loads of great info in here, and in particular, i love the way you question the validity of certain things we’ve taken for granted because it seemed like what proffessional baristas would do. The truth is in the numbers!

Hongliang Liu
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Hongliang Liu

thank U,Matt,for your brilliant thougts that enlightened a lot of Chinese baristas including me. Actually,ur posts has been already translated into Chinese(not all of your articles) and I did the translation work and share it on the WeChat public platform. I don’t know whether WeChat public platform is a website,so if it is,maybe I could do the volunteer to translate all of UR articles into Chinese. If it is not, forget about it:)

Mis
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Mis

Hi Matt. I just wanted to express my sincere gratitude for all such useful information you are posting in this wonderful site.

Sujit Singh
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Sujit Singh

Also found some interesting readings at – Barista Hustle

Where Is Jade
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Where Is Jade

Congrats & happy anniversary! I’ve only recently become a reader of your blog (I found it by word of mouth) and I have to say it’s very informative, entertaining, and everything a reader in coffee could hope for. I’m not sure if I just haven’t come upon it yet, but I would love to see a few blogs/hear your take on the ethics of coffee. What you think of the current conditions of sustainability, quality of life of farmers, coffee harvesting communities and how that side of “the business” is run; if you think there can be improvements and what… Read more »

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