Specialty coffee isn’t just about coffee and flavours: it’s about relationships. During his 18 years building Hasbean Coffee, Steve Leighton has spent a majority of his time building relationships with the people who make specialty coffee possible: the producers.
“Coffeeography: The Coffee Producers” presents profiles of some of the many amazing and inspiring coffee producers with whom Steve has had the privilege of working during his time at Hasbean, each sharing their story in their own words.
(It is also an excellent chance for him to share the 32000 some-odd photos of coffee farms he has collected over the years.)
About the Author Intrigued by coffee at the young age of seven, Stephen Leighton first opened HasBean’s doors in 1999 and its online doors in 2003, where it continues to be at the forefront of the web age of coffee. Perhaps most well-known for the popular In My Mug weekly or his signature style (mostly red!), Steve works directly, year on year, with over 30 of the most incredible coffee producers in the world to build long terms partnerships that allow Hasbean to not just source better coffee for all of their projects and customers, but also to invest in experimentation to understand what quality is possible in a given soil or region through improved science, processes, agronomy, and support.
Not one for sleeping, Steve is also co-creator of Tamper Tantrum (a platform for his constant bickering and brainstorming with Colin Harmon), co-owner of 3FE in Dublin, and co-owner of Drop Coffee in Stockholm.