Today, I officially released my new book, Caffeinated PDX: How Portland Became the Best Coffee City in America.
Caffeinated PDX tells the stories of the people and companies that pushed Portland to the forefront of the specialty coffee scene. The introduction starts with how I became interested in coffee and describes some of the stories surrounding coffee’s origins. It talks about how many of Portland’s coffee leaders got their start in the industry, letting their voices come through wherever possible. Along the way, I explain what is known as the “third wave” of coffee, a movement to improve coffee worldwide, and also give an insider’s look at barista competitions, seen from a judge’s perspective.
While the book is very Portland-centered, its topics are broad enough that it should be interesting anyone who drinks coffee, anyone who enjoys good a good story, or anyone who wants to get to know the Rose City a little better.
Several years ago, I read a book by Seth Godin called Linchpin that inspired me to start this whole project. Godin encouraged his readers to do great work and ship it, i.e., share it with others. Stop worrying about what people will think and put it out there, he said. Stop waiting and ship it.
Well, here goes.
Consider it shipped.
(I don’t know if Caffeinated PDX will change your life like Linchpin did mine, but it might make you drink your coffee a little differently. Enjoy!)
A few more details
The print version is available immediately for ordering online. There is a list of places to do that here, or if you have a favorite indie bookstore near you that you would like to support, ask them to order the book for you. The book is available through Ingram’s Distribution network, which includes more than 38,000 booksellers and libraries worldwide, so they should have no trouble finding it.
In addition to the paperback version, Caffeinated PDX is available in several different formats and from several different online outlets. You can buy and download either an Epub or a Mobi version of the book directly to your computer through this website, then transfer them via USB to your e-reader. You can also purchase the digital versions directly through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. Check out caffeinatedpdx.com/the-book for all the current options.
Spread the word!
If you do buy (and read) the book (thank you!), please leave a review about what you thought of the book, whether you got it through Powell’s, Amazon, or another retailer. If you buy it here, send a message via the contact page and I will post your review.
If you have an extra minute, tell a friend, post a link on Facebook, tweet about it—anything you do to get the word out would be highly appreciated. Thanks!