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c-6.jpgSeveral weeks ago on a weekend, I stumbled across a site dedicated to coffee fans like me. I was actually Googling a manual method for crafting pods for a Melita One-to-One pod coffee maker I'd picked up and found iNeedCoffee. has a variety of information, from roasting, brewing and recipes to coffee history, business, cafe culture and even comics! Items are posted to the site on a monthly basis and are all gathered from volunteers who are interested in coffee and want to contribute to the site.

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INeedCoffee is a labor of love. It was started in 1999 when Michael Allen Smith, Ryan Jacobs and Lura Lee combined their computer skills and creative talents to create the site. We're selling a few products (t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs and mousepads) in the hope that we'll cover the operating expense of maintaining the website. We do not sell coffee ourselves, nor do we accept advertising revenue. To learn more about the advertising that appears on our website, visit the Friends of INeedCoffee information page. intends to be the most comprehensive gathering of coffee information on the Internet. It is dedicated to providing quality coffee-related information, instruction, and entertainment.'s contributors aim to provide a fun, comfortable environment for visitors to learn about and celebrate their favorite beverage. is intended to be reflective of the knowledge and tastes of its readership, not just its creators. Readers are encouraged to contribute articles, reviews, stories, and links that enhance their fellow readers' appreciation for coffee. Contributions may be edited for style and/or content.

One thing led to another and I emailed one of the owners of the site, Michael Allen Smith, offering some of the coffee-related writing and sketches from this blog for publication. Michael liked my work and offered to immediately take one of my cafe sketches and some writing from the blog for the October issue. So I offer to you my first entry on the iNeedCoffee website, Foggy Morning.

If you're a fan of coffee like me, stop by iNeedCoffee and enjoy the creative and informative information they offer.

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Good to see two of my regular site visits come together in one package. Looking forward to your contributions at INeedCoffee.
October 19, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterIan McKenzie
Thanks Ian! :-)
October 19, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde

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