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· Tim Riley

What’s New With Decaf Sucks

There’s been a lot going on in the world of Decaf Sucks lately. Let me fill you in:

Big Milestones

Back in February we passed 1000 reviews! Thanks to Jasmin Wong for getting us across the line with her review of Koko Espresso in Surry Hills. Since then, the pace has continued to pick up, and we’re on track to hit our next thousand in much less time.

We’ve also been busy keeping the Dispatch machine running. Just this week we sent out our sixth Dispatch! So far, we’ve taken our coffee subscribers on quite a journey, covering much of South America, and just recently setting foot in Africa. It’s a great feeling packaging and sending out bags of coffee, knowing they’re bringing lasting caffeinated joy around the nation. It’s never too late to join in — there’s plenty more good stuff coming.

In the Press

Decaf Sucks is also starting to garner a bit of attention around the web. This month I wrote a feature article for HerCanberra about Canberra’s best cafes according to Decaf Sucks reviewers (Hint: there’s plenty of good coffee to be had!). The article was also picked up by The RiotACT, and stimulated some hearty discussion in the comments section.

We’ve also been mentioned in the Editor’s Blog for CIO magazine, in a list of “Dirty little app secrets”. CIO editor Georgina Swan had some very flattering things to say:

I simply added the site to my home screen so you could argue that it’s not technically an ‘app’. My response: It’s better than an app, because it looks great, usability is awesome and it’s device agnostic. You can use it with or without location services enabled and you can sign in with either Twitter or Facebook accounts. Very tasty.

We’re glad you like it!

Mobile UI and Site Improvements

Speaking of Decaf Sucks’ mobile web interface, we’ve recently updated the interface completely to match our new design for the desktop web version:

/media/new-ds-screens-1306372223.png - New Decaf Sucks mobile interface screenshots

This new interface also looks beautiful on the retina display iPhone 4’s and iPod Touches, thanks to Max’s use of scalable SVGs for all the icons.

We’ve also enabled every feature of the site within the mobile interface. Now you can list and edit all your own reviews.

Finally, we’ve reinstated an oft-requested feature for Decaf Sucks: full text search! Now you can search for cafés by their names or any text mentioned in their reviews. Here are some suggestions to get you exploring: single origin, ristretto, chinotto, mocha, and pizza.