My Triumphs & Struggles as a Coffee Blogger

· The Cappuccino Traveler Reflects Over Year #2 ·

August 8, 2017 40 Comments

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
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  • 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!

-Crystal

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40 Comments

  1. Reply

    Lynn Tasker

    August 8, 2017

    Happy Coffeversary!!! Love your spirit and your commitment to stay true to your heart! Keep it up! ❤💕💖☕👍😊

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      Stephanie

      August 8, 2017

      Love this post!!! It’s so awesome to read your journey and see that you are still so passionate about this blog!! Cheers to you!! ☕️☕️☕️ Happy Anniversary!!!

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        coffeechic78@gmail.com

        August 8, 2017

        Thanks so much!

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      coffeechic78@gmail.com

      August 8, 2017

      Thanks so much!!!

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      Ashley

      August 8, 2017

      What a fun goal and neat experience! Don’t give up! I think we all feel the same way at some point!

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        coffeechic78@gmail.com

        August 9, 2017

        Thank you for your encouragement! It also helps to see people like you, reading and loving the blog!

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    Sheryl

    August 8, 2017

    Whew!! For a minute I thought you were going in the other direction. Reading your blog has given me a better appreciation for local coffee companies…wanting to support them more. And has taught me new “coffee terms.” Thanks for what you do! 👏🏼❤️

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      coffeechic78@gmail.com

      August 8, 2017

      Thats awesome!!

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    Anonymous

    August 8, 2017

    I think you are amazing! Congrats on your award!

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      coffeechic78@gmail.com

      August 8, 2017

      Thanks so much!

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    Scott

    August 8, 2017

    Great blog! Remember ……..usually everything starts out small. Every cup starts with the first drop. Enjoying the ride with you!!!

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      coffeechic78@gmail.com

      August 8, 2017

      Thanks for your amazing support!!!

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    Tammy

    August 8, 2017

    Hey Happy Blogaversary!!! I have enjoyed your blogs about coffee. A tea person myself, I have learned a whole lot more about coffee and beans than I could ever imagined. I never thought I would actually enjoy a black cup of coffee and I could actually taste the chocolate undertones!!! Thanks this has been a great experience for me. I have enjoyed your blogs a latte!!!

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      coffeechic78@gmail.com

      August 8, 2017

      Thank you for your encouragement!

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    Melissa

    August 8, 2017

    Happy Blogversary! I have recently discovered this blog and I am looking forward to reading your adventures!

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      coffeechic78@gmail.com

      August 9, 2017

      Thank you!

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    Andrea

    August 8, 2017

    You go girl! I do so enjoy reading your blog. We have a great local coffee shop in Shreveport called Rhino Coffee. You should check it out if you’re ever down this way. Happy Blogaversary!

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    javajoann

    August 8, 2017

    I am one of your early readers who was content with my grocery store coffee. I had no idea how wide and wonderful the world of coffee was! My eyes and taste buds have been opened and there is no going back! Thank you for staying true to yourself. Your enthusiasm is contagious! I hope many more people catch ‘The Cappuccino Traveler bug’ and join our happy coffee clan! Here’s to year three!!!! 😀

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    Tamara

    August 8, 2017

    I absolutely LOVE your blog and appreciate all the work you have put into it 😊 Thanks to you my love and knowledge for coffee has grown! I enjoy coffee so much more now and it’s something I can share with my husband, friends, and family. Along with encouraging them to follow the Cappuccino Traveler 😉

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    D at Be you and thrive

    August 8, 2017

    Great round-up!!

    My husbands all time current fav is La Colombe. They have a gorgeous cafe in Chicago now! yay! xo~D

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      coffeechic78@gmail.com

      August 9, 2017

      Thank you! I can’t wait to visit Chicago coffee!

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    Amanda

    August 9, 2017

    Happy 2 years. That is amazing. Hope many more years to come. Hopefully you can come to New Orleans and have bengets and coffee.

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      coffeechic78@gmail.com

      August 9, 2017

      Thank you! I would love to share coffee with you in LOLA!

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    Shauna

    August 9, 2017

    Wow you traveled a lot of miles ☕..I’m from Ohio so glad that was a great experience for you ☕

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      coffeechic78@gmail.com

      August 9, 2017

      It was! I hoping to hit Cincinnati next week!

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    Crystal // Dreams, etc.

    August 9, 2017

    It’s so sad to hear that people–especially other bloggers–would say those things to you! I think it’s great that you’re staying true to who you are and what you want to blog about. As a first time visitor I think the topic of your blog is really cool!

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      coffeechic78@gmail.com

      August 9, 2017

      Thank you and I am so glad! Become a subscriber to not miss a single post!

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    Brittany

    August 10, 2017

    As a fellow coffee addict I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Happy blogaversary!!

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      coffeechic78@gmail.com

      August 11, 2017

      Thank you! Welcome!

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    Juli

    August 10, 2017

    I LOVE your blog! (Probably because I love coffee… hmm…)
    I just subscribed, by the way. =)
    I, too, am finding myself in a space of “I’m too small, other blogs are so much bigger, I’m not earning income here, what’s the point” and working hard to blogging just for me, for the love of writing and sharing.

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      coffeechic78@gmail.com

      August 11, 2017

      Thanks so much! Lets keep at it girl!

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    Pamela Hernandez

    August 14, 2017

    I’m a tea drinker but…I can give you the lowdown on the best coffee shops if you ever make it to Springfield, MO!

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      coffeechic78@gmail.com

      August 14, 2017

      Awesome! Lets stay in touch, pm me on my Facebook page. 🙂

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    Akansha Agrawal

    August 14, 2017

    To the blogger who said your niche is too small: that is SO wrong. I think your niche is what attracted me to your blog because it’s so different than everything else out there. I stumbled upon it for the first time today but I’ll definitely be back <3.

    Sincerely,
    Akansha

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      coffeechic78@gmail.com

      August 14, 2017

      Thanks so much girl!

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    Carolina

    September 26, 2017

    Your niche is NOT too small. And even if it’s on the small side, thats where you get your true die-hard fans who love what you’re doing. Like me! I’m so happy to get to know you more and discover more about good coffee. Teach me your ways!

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      CRystal Dallke

      September 26, 2017

      Thanks for your encouraging words – HUGS!

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    Chad

    September 27, 2017

    This post was very encouraging and inspiring to me as a new coffee blogger. Way to keep going despite the so-called “haters” and for staying true to yourself! I may be biased, but I think coffee is a pretty awesome blog niche. 🙂

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    Alexis

    September 29, 2017

    I’m so glad you’re doing what you’re doing. I recently fell in love with finding and visiting local coffee shops and I’m so glad I’ve found another blog about it. I’m subscribing for that reason. Keep it up 💖☕️

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      CRystal Dallke

      September 29, 2017

      Awww, thanks so much!

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