Jen Stone | Coffee Explorer

Join me, Jen Stone, on the Amazing Journey of Coffee.

Remember the last time you were sitting at a restaurant with your friends and the waiter brought to you a sampling of a cheese plate or charcuterie and as she described the offering to you by pointing at each cheese and educating you as to whether it came from a cow in Vermont a goat in France or a sheep in England, and if it was hard or soft, mild or strong.  It wasn't until you tasted each cheese for yourself that you really understood what the differences were and you laughed with your friends about what you enjoyed and what you didn't want to try again.  Undoubtedly, the choices of your friends were somewhat different than yours. 

And the possibility of distinct flavors being to your liking and the quest to actually taste distinctions between the items opened up a new world for you.

The Coffee Explorer Podcast is a place for this experience.  My friends call me a "Sommelier of Coffee" and each episode offers a journey to a place or person from across the globe with a desire to enlighten, inform and provide listeners with an enjoyable cup.  I share coffee stories as varied at the sun and rain, variety, soil, time and taste of the world of coffee, itself. 

Dust off your passport!  Your journey to the world of extraordinary coffee awaits.

Connect the dots from these world-class producers and people of interest to your front door.  Eliminate the distance between the exotic volcano hillsides and you, and access the provenance and amazing people of coffee while experiencing a new way to taste and enjoy new places!

Each episode promises a journey within the cup that is inspired and will leave you in the unique and wonderful position of the experience and the possibility of more!  


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About the Host

Jen Stone, Coffee Specialist, Licensed Quality Grader Profile Photo

Jen Stone, Coffee Specialist, Licensed Quality Grader

Host, Licensed Quality Grader

I want to hear about the first coffee that blew your mind...for me, I was studying abroad, seated at a tiny café in Puebla, Mexico, when a cup of coffee changed my life. Time briefly slowed as I took in the richly layered taste of that cup, observing the energy, community and vivid conversation, all centered around a common love of coffee. At that moment, I realized that in some way, coffee would be an important part of my future and altered the path of my life.

From here, I journeyed to the plazas of southern Spain, where I became a student of café culture, in preparation for bringing the authentic experience to America. By 1997 I was the owner of a café in the U.S. The coffee I was sourcing from a regional roaster was the best to be found, but I knew I could do better. By the following year, I had purchased a coffee roaster and my first bag of unroasted green coffee beans, embarking on a lifelong quest. In the 17 years since, I have traveled across countries and continents in search of the most extraordinary coffees, innovative producers and complex flavors.

What began as an attempt to satisfy my own desire for superior coffee, soon became a mission to share the ultimate coffee experience, as I realized other sophisticated coffee lovers were seeking the same qualities I had discovered. With the Coffee Explorer Podcast and Ciel Coffee, I am exploring cultures and expanding palates, focusing all my efforts on delivering to every person who tastes a cup of Café Privé Sélect their own life-changing coffee moment.

Jennifer A. Stone, founder of Ciel Café Privé Sélect, is a Licensed Quality Grader by the Coffee Quality Institute as well as an internationally recognized coffee cupper and judge for the Cup of Excellence.