About

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Welcome to My Coffee Base, your base for everything coffee! This blog is for home baristas, coffee enthusiasts, and those who simply want to learn more about the world of coffee. We love creating content and are happy to share with you everything we know about coffee and, beyond that, our most up-to-date and thorough research.

Whether you’re looking to up your at-home barista skills, find the best beans out there, or invest in your brewing tools, you’re in the right place. Ultimately, our mission is to break down the sometimes complex coffee jargon and help you with what really matters most: Making a delicious cup of coffee.

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Michael Balmer

Founder of My Coffee Base, coffee enthusiast

To be honest, coffee was not a love at first sight for me. I didn’t particularly like the taste and I would only drink it to keep me awake. It was not until I visited a Colombian coffee farm in 2019 that I started to appreciate the delicate and clean taste of pour over coffee. With time, as my love for the taste of coffee evolved, so did my curiosity about everything related to it. Not only did I start to experiment with different brewing methods but I also learned more about the world of coffee. These days, there is nothing better than starting my day with a freshly brewed cup of French Press coffee. 

Outside of My Coffee Base, I like to spend my time outdoors, travel to little-known places and read non-fiction books.

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Clint McCormick

Former Barista and Restaurant Manager with a passion for all things coffee

Throughout college, my relationship with coffee was similar to most, I drank it to stay awake and study. Once I finished college, I started working in a small European coffee shop and everything changed. I learned about the different brewing styles and how to properly incorporate milk and sugar. I learned about beans, how they are roasted, and what the benefits are of grinding your own. For the first time, my eyes were open and it wasn’t because of the caffeine. I have traveled through Oaxaca to experience the origins of coffee and also to see how other cultures enjoy this timeless beverage. With all this love and passion, I feel very privileged to be able to write about coffee. Sharing my experiences and knowledge with other coffee-lovers is something I’m proud to do.

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Aidan Gant

Former Barista and Coffee industry professional, turned writer

Although I have enjoyed coffee for as long as I can remember, my first real engagement with specialty coffee came in 2015 at a farmer’s market. I met a roaster who convinced me to buy an AeroPress, then all but refused to grind my coffee for me and talked me into buying a manual grinder as well. This was the start of a weekly dialogue where I would learn a little more each time and try different single-origin beans. Before long I downed tools in the kitchen and started work as a barista. I trained in the flagship coffee shop of a local roaster and SCA trainer. Since then I have had a coffee shop of my own and begun a career writing about and sharing my knowledge of coffee.

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