Thanks for having a look at my blog. I’m Annabel Townsend, and I started writing all this stuff as a kind of research journal for university during my PhD. I love writing and coffee, which kinda helps in my line of work!
The PhD is about the concepts of wastage and quality in the speciality coffee industry. I started October 2007, and it’s been a very steep learning curve to say the least! My posts are on here vary from frustrated rants about life as a grad student, to mini essays waffling about whatever I happen to have been reading at uni. I am by no means an expert on any of these topics, and as such, I welcome any comments and feedback, and I’d love to hear from any coffee-industry types who could help me out here!
My PhD was at the University of Sheffield, UK. When not buried under small mountains of academic journals, I am usually found in a coffee shop somewhere. I am generally in a state of nearly-manic caffeine-related dehydration and whereas I may sound coffee-obsessed, I do have other interests, honest! I write all the time, fiction and non-fiction, I do Kendo, I also cook incessantly and love learning about different exotic cuisine from around the world. I love to travel and go backpacking whenever I get the opportunity. I’m also a bit of a goth, I have a keen interest in vampirism (the subject of my MA research, in fact) and collect corsets and giant boots.
I’ve worked as a barista for a few years and also as a chef in a cafe. My ambition is to open my own cafe, hopefully in Vancouver, called ‘Dr Coffee’s’ of course!
If you want to get in touch, please just leave me comments on here! I will probably get back to you unnervingly quickly. Meanwhile, grab yourself an espresso and enjoy!