Hi, I’m Mark Morphew
Bean Ground is a popular coffee blog that’s managed, maintained, and self-financed by Mark Morphew.
Bean Ground publishes informational coffee resources, how-to-guides, and step-by-step coffee brewing guides.
The website is primarily tailored towards beginners – with a vast catalog of articles, we aim to give you the tools necessary to help you learn the skills needed to brew excellent tasting “coffee shop quality” coffee – in the comfort of your own home.
Mark does his best to simplify the information provided at Bean Ground so you can easily follow along at home without needing to pull out a barista pocket reference book to understand the terminology and language used.
Mark’s Story ☕
Mark’s journey can be traced back over 25 years when he graduated from hospitality and catering college in Northern England.
His career began when he landed his first full-time job as a Commis Chef in a busy hotel. After realizing that he didn’t want to spend the rest of his life stuck in the sweaty kitchen as a Chef, Mark took the initiative and steps needed to move into the “front of house” rather than the ”back of house” kitchen environment.
After switching up his carrier, Mark found himself dumping his chef whites in favor of a barista apron. Soon after, he began working and managing popular cafes and restaurants around the United Kingdom. Later he moved to the Middle East where he spent over a decade running various hospitality operations – and so the journey began.
Fast forward. Today, Mark is enjoying life somewhere in South East Asia. He’s a stay at home Dad who loves nothing more than to write about all things to do with coffee.
Today his primary focus is on Bean Ground – Mark hopes that he can use this platform as a way to pass on to others a little of what he has learned over the years in the coffee industry.
If you’re a beginner or even a seasoned coffee pro, maybe you will learn a thing or two on brewing great-tasting coffee at home – minus the “fluff” and confusion, of course.
The Bean Ground Values ?
- Black coffee rules! Sure, milk-based coffee beverages have their place in the coffee world, but here at Bean Ground, black coffee is what I drink 99% of the time (the blacker, the better).
Black coffee is the only way to appreciate a particular region; its characterizing tastes, aromas, and history – by adding milk, you hide and lose all of that.
- Decaf coffee is for wimps! I don’t touch decaf coffee. If you’re drinking coffee, you need to “go all-in.” Plus, the process of extracting and removing caffeine from coffee isn’t the healthiest for both you and the environment.
- Got no time for instant coffee! Instant coffee is like instant noodles in the food world – garbage! Brewing coffee isn’t about how quickly you can get it down your throat, nor is it about the caffeine kick. The complete process from seed to tree, hands to machines, green to roasted, and finally shop to the consumer is a ritual I cherish and a hobby that gives me real satisfaction.
- Coffee and the environment go hand in hand. We should all be doing our bit for the environment, and in the coffee world, this begins with reducing the waste that comes with brewing a simple cup of coffee. Wasteful coffee brewing methods such as pod machines and K-cups are NOT something you will see me recommend highly here at Bean Ground.
- Don’t forget about the farmers! If it weren’t for the farmers at the far end of the line who get paid a pittance for their labor-intensive work, you wouldn’t be sat here now enjoying that cup of great-tasting coffee. Where possible, I try to pay recognition where appropriate, to the entire coffee chain, particularly the farmers and direct plantation workers.