I’m a coffee enthusiast from Southern Finland. Contrary to what some of my friends believe, I don’t drink a whole lot of coffee during one day. But when I do—one to three cups a day—I like to have something good, something memorable. For me, this doesn’t have to mean getting the most expensive gourmet coffee available. While I certainly like to enjoy a high quality product from an artisan roastery, I also like to know what’s available in the local supermarket.

The purpose of the Black Coffee Journal is to bring you my personal opinions on the coffee products I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying. Some of these products I bought for myself, some of them I reviewed because someone asked me to. Some of them belong to my favorites, some of them don’t. Also, while some of them might be available only in my neck of the woods, I’ll always be looking for coffees from different countries, too, to make it more interesting for international readers. I promise I’ll also try to keep my reviews short and easy to read.

In addition to the ever-expanding archive of new content, on this site you can also find older coffee reviews that I had posted on my personal Instagram account before launching this site in late December 2018. While some of these older texts are pretty short, and could probably be called something like ”first impressions” rather than actual reviews, especially the newer ones are more thorough. I’d like to keep it that way in my future reviews, too.

Oh yes, I’m a Finnish guy in his early 40s, a theologian, clergyman and author by profession. I also have an education in music, and have been working as a jazz/pop drummer, percussionist and producer for many years.

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That’s it! Now let’s focus on the main topic: coffee!

– Harri Huovinen