Coffee is the focus of several magazines and periodicals, often with both print and digital subscriptions. Coffee periodicals are devoted to covering topics for connoisseurs and the coffee industry. These are the top coffee publications for beverage business owners. If you're also interested in tea, be sure to check out the Guide to Tea Periodicals.
Barista is a bimonthly industry ‘zine that covers everything from companies’ charitable endeavors in coffee production regions to cupping news to business advice on topics like web design. Barista appeals to baristas and coffeehouse owners alike. The casual tone and quasi-funky aesthetic are like a grown-up version of the quintessential laid-back coffeehouse vibe from coffee culture’s heyday.
You can subscribe to the print edition, delivered worldwide, or read the electronic version for free. The current issue and past issues are available on their website. They also have a Barista Magazine App for iOS, Android, and Amazon. Barista Magazine
CoffeeTalk Magazine is a monthly, industry centered publication with a heavy focus on the big-business side of coffee. CoffeeTalk appeals primarily to roasters and larger businesses. It includes interviews with business leaders and industry consultants, as well as lots of news blurbs. At about 30 to 50 pages per issue, it’s a relatively short publication. Despite the casual-sounding name, the tone and aesthetic in CoffeeTalk are more formal and traditional than Barista and Specialty Coffee Retailer.
Digital subscriptions are free to anyone in the coffee industry, you need only to confirm your email, address, last name, and company. They also have a weekly CoffeeTalk Press and a daily CoffeeTalk News. You can view and download issues online without having to subscribe. CoffeeTalk
Fresh Cup Magazine
Fresh Cup Magazine is a monthly, industry-geared publication that is primarily focused on coffee from origin to to-go cup. Fresh Cup Magazine appeals to a range of coffee businesses. It is packed with highly informative, well-illustrated features on topics like barista training tampers and international coffee trends. It’s often spiced up with exotic and distant wanderlust or an editorialized firsthand experience of a more local coffee locale.
You can read digital issues for free online or subscribe for a fee for print issues. Fresh Cup Magazine
Imbibe is a monthly, consumer-oriented publication that covers a wide range of beverages. Although cocktails, beer, and wine are heavily featured, coffee gets its fair share of coverage, too. Features often include firsthand experience and humor, while recipes and guides are authoritative and informed. The feel of the publication is chic and trendsetting. In print and in its blog and videos, Imbibe contains tips from top experts, engaging guides to specific beverages (such as Riesling wines), clip-worthy recipes and gorgeous images.
Many articles from current and past issues are available on their website. You can pay for a digital or print subscription for the full magazine. Imbibe
The Tea & Coffee Trade Journal
This is a monthly industry magazine that, despite its name, is more about coffee than tea.International news blurbs, technical coverage, and business advice make up the bulk of the magazine. Topics like packaging innovations, decaf and flavoring processes, coffee origins and grinding/roasting optimization are frequently addressed. The tone is straightforward and “facts-first,” with a healthy dose of statistics and historical context.
You can buy a digital or print and digital subscription. There's a free weekly e-newsletter. Tea & Coffee Trade Journal
Disclosure: The author has been published in The Tea & Coffee Trade Journal.