A Year in Review: DCILY Turns Four

12.02

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Four years ago today, Dear Coffee, I Love You went live. Back then, it was little more than a way to share the inspiring cross section of coffee and design that could be enjoyed over a morning cup. Since then, its purpose has remained much the same, but it has grown in a few significant ways. Years ago, DCILY launched several products of its own, like shirts and mugs and original art prints and recently got to design its own watch. DCILY has also been asked to help other coffee companies and organizations improve and develop their own brands—helping connect the mission of a humble website to real world projects.

This site is still a place that shares interesting projects related to coffee, but it’s also become an outlet for inspiring those who drink coffee, to enjoy much better coffee. Whether it’s through the discovery of new coffee shops, coffee roasters or ways to improve your home coffee brewing, DCILY has become a resource to introduce regular coffee lovers to the world of specialty coffee and provide a better understanding of coffee in general and all the people involved in bringing it to you.

Overall, I think the quality of the content on DCILY has improved in the last year, despite there being a decrease in quantity. This hasn’t been for a lack of things to share, but for a lack of time needed to give proper consideration to the myriad of things I discover or that fill my inbox daily. Having well considered content has always been a top priority for this site and that can sometimes lead to gaps between posts due to time constraints. This is not a full tiem job for me. When I’m not writing for DCILY, I’m completing a Masters degree, running a design studio, traveling to various coffee events and helping start a new company—so thank you for your patience. Thank you for coming back to read new articles even when it’s been weeks between them—your continued support is what keeps this site going.

Cheers to another year. Love coffee, live well, give back and inspire others.

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A few year-end stats for DCILY
53 New Posts
Visits from 189 Countries
45% female / 55% male
61% between 18 – 34 years old

Social Stock
63,750 Facebook Fans
10,050 Twitter Followers
1450 Instagram Followers
1500+ Referring Websites

Top 10 Posts
Love Keurig? Nope.
The Bialetti Moka Express
Coffee Touring: The Best Coffee in Amsterdam
The Espro Press: The Rebirth of the French Press
The Hario V60 Coffee Machine
The Hario Drip Scale
Coffee at Noma: The World’s Best Restaurant
Brew Method: The Chemex
Hario Sommelier Gives New Shape to the Syphon
First Look: Saint Frank Coffee in San Francsico

Top 10 Countries
United States
United Kingdom
Canada
Australia
Netherlands
Germany
Sweden
South Korea
Singapore
Norway

posted by on 12.02.2013, under Misc.

Three Thankful Years of DCILY

12.02

Today marks three years of loving coffee publicly and sharing my affection for it with people all around the world. This site and the support from everyone who reads it has driven me to continue learning about coffee and searching for anything coffee-related worth sharing. As the specialty coffee industry continues to grow and more people fall in love with it, the number of inspiring projects, products and companies grow too. I love watching the progression of the industry and having the opportunity to share some of the best people, places, and things in the world of coffee with others.

Since last year’s anniversary, DCILY has been to origin in Colombia, organized the Swedish AeroPress Championship, traveled to the SCAA Event in Portland and the World Baristas Championship in Vienna, filmed both the Nordic Barista Cup and Nordic Roasters Forum and helped a couple fantastic coffee companies re-brand (Workshop, G&B). Coffee Common, sadly came to an end, but has left more time for me to join with other organizations like the SCAA to help share even more knowledge.

As much as I love great coffee myself, I also enjoy helping other people discover how great it can be. I continue to do this because you continue coming back.

Thank you all. Love coffee, live well, give back & inspire others.

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A few year-end stats for DCILY
105 New Posts
215,000 Unique Visitors
174 Countries
60,000 Facebook Fans
5750 Twitter Followers
1800+ Referring Websites
80% of mobile on iOS

Top 10 Posts
Love Keurig? Nope.
High Speed Coffe Splash
Awakening To A New Coffee Mural
ZP Machines Kickstarting Better Home Espresso
The Steampunk A Curious Contrapulation
Brew Method: The Bialetti Moka Express
Best Coffee in Stockholm (Pt. 2)
Brew Method: The Chemex
Damn Thy Disposable
The Able Kone

Top 10 Countries
United States
United Kingdom
Canada
Australia
Sweden
Norway
Netherlands
Germany
Singapore
Finland

posted by on 12.02.2012, under Misc.

Two for You—DCILY’s Second Anniversary

12.02

Two years. I wasn’t sure what this project would become when it began. I just wanted a way to stay in touch with the coffee world I left behind in college and help my friends and family understand what they were missing by drinking Maxwell House and Starbucks. I’m thankful to have achieved both things and made many new friends to share coffee knowledge with along the way.

In the past year, DCILY has begun expanding past the boundaries of a blog with exciting results. Last spring, I joined a team of other passionate coffee professionals to create Coffee Common, a company that organizes exceptional coffee experiences for the masses. I’ve also covered several fantastic coffee events from the ground and competed in my first. Last week a new merch store launched, featuring DCILY’s fall line of shirts and limited edition designs were contributed to both the 2011 Nordic Barista Cup and World AeroPress Championship. And because of your continued support and DCILY’s pledge to give back, nearly $500 from sales were donated to Coffee Kids this year.

None of this would have happened without the awesome people who visit this site every day and encourage me to continue devoting the time it takes to keep it going. Heres’s to another year of learning about and experiencing great coffee. Thank you all.

Love coffee, live well, give back & inspire others.

A few year-end stats for DCILY
145 New Posts
81,000 Unique Visitors
162 Countries
45,900 Facebook Fans
2730 Twitter Followers
260 G+ Circles
1000+ Referring Websites

Top 10 Posts
Love Keurig? Nope.
Appreciating A Simple French Press
Black Coffee Friday
Norwegian Wood & Espresso
Best Coffee in Stockholm Pt. 2
Year of the Coava
Café Timer iPhone App
Pour Over Meets Woodshop
What I’d Rather Be Doing
DCILY’s Coffee Lover Gift Guide 2011

Most Notable Referrals
New York Times Magazine
BoingBoing
Fail Blog – Wins!
Shawn Blanc
Not Without Salt
Shot Zombies
Scout Books
Sprudge
Public School
Need Supply Co.

[check out last year's DCILY round-up]

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