The coffee shop is where I love to be and it is pure joy to share my journeys with you!
The past year was a very exciting one for The Cappuccino Traveler. It was a year of growth, new things and of course lots of traveling – 4,134 miles to be exact!
In March 2017, I launched my new website and logo! I also experienced many new things, such as a coffee cupping, the coffee sock brewing method and I started blogging on coffee education. This past year, I visited new cities in Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Ohio! The most exciting thing that happened just this week is that I received the Sunshine Blogger Award!
The following are the most memorable shops, roasters, companies and the most disappointing coffee shops that I experienced over the past year.
Most Memorable Coffee Shops
- Alchemy Coffee, Richmond, VA.
- Bean Bar, Leesburg, VA.
- Ceremony Coffee, Baltimore, MD.
- Generations Coffee, Columbiana, OH.
- Ground Central Coffee, New York, NY.
- Lamplighter Coffee Roasters, Richmond, VA
- Oddly Correct, Kansas City, MO.
- The Wydown, Washington D.C.
Most Disappointing Coffee Shops
- C & C Coffee, Chambersburg, PA.
- Deja Brew Cafe, Warrenton, VA.
- Dessert Rose Cafe, Williamsport, MD.
- Coffee Therapy, Baltimore, MD.
- Commonplace Coffee, Pittsburg, PA.
Favorite Coffee Roasters
- Anchored Coffee, Seattle, WA.
- Brandywine Coffee Roasters, Wilmington, DE.
- Crown Brew Coffee, Cartersville, IL.
- Kickapoo CoffeeRoasters, Viroqua, WI.
- Lamplighter Coffee Roasters, Richmond, VA.
- Onyx Coffee, Fayetteville, AR.
- Rosalind Coffee, TX.
Favorite Coffee Companies
- La Colombe Coffee
- As of Latte ( SECRET PHRASE )
- Coffee Gator
- The Created Co.
Coffee blogging has not been without its struggles. There just aren’t many bloggers out there in my niche. As much as I love what I do, the struggles sometimes have been so insurmountable that I asked myself if it was worth it? Should I go on?
Comparison is something I struggle with daily. Watching fellow bloggers receive thousands of page views, when the most I get on a blog post day is 100. Seeing other bloggers make hundreds of dollars, while I make nothing. The temptation to be jealous of the success of others. I have listened to countless advice from fellow bloggers, some helpful, but often I was told that I needed to change my blog and content to accommodate a wider audience.
The lowest point was when a fellow blogger, in so many words, told me that I was wasting my time. That my blog would never grow because my niche was just too small. “Just too small”. Those words echoed in my brain for weeks. I wondered, was it really worth to to go on, or should I just quietly bow out, telling myself “its been a nice ride” ?
As I pondered my decision, I remembered the pure joy I experience each time I walk into a new coffee shop for the first time. (Read about my first thoughts in a coffee shop here, Diary of The Cappuccino Traveler.) The taste of a skinny cappuccino made by a fellow American. Countless coffee chats I have shared with coffee enthusiasts all around the country. I just love it and I love sharing it with you! My biggest triumph was realizing that I will stay true to myself, my blog and stop comparing myself. Click To Tweet
Would I love to make money from my blog and reach thousands of page views daily? Sure, but not at the risk of compromising the authenticity of who I am. I believe THAT is exactly what appeals to more readers! As I learn more and share more, it will eventually develop into income.
In the meantime, it is my goal to visit local coffee shops all over America. I have a passion to share with my readers and educate you on how amazing specialty coffee can be! It is with this new resolve, that I travel into year three and then four and more!
To those of you who subscribe to and read my weekly Tuesday blog, thank you,…. for the shares, likes, follows and all the support you have given me over the past year or more. Without you, there wouldn’t be a two year celebration and I wouldn’t have nearly as much fun! ‘You’ are the caffeine in my cappuccino and I am so excited to begin another amazing year with you. It’s only going to get better! See you around!