All the baristas here at Coffee House would like to thank those who voted us no1 in Total Politics magazine list of top 60 media blogs. It's a real honour, especially given the quality of the company we're in. And two of our other stablemate blogs are also in the top20: Melanie Phillips at 14 and Rod at 17. Had Alex Massie's blog been in this category (it's not, for some reason) I'm sure it would have made the cut as his superlative blog on Scotland's recent football match demonstrates.
But as CoffeeHousers will know, the quality of a blog is often judged by the comments - and we have some of the best comments in the world. I was reminded of that the other day, when I blogged about seeing "two Spitfires" only to be told that one of them was a Hurricane. And in the comment thread, I learned much more about the subject on which I had blogged just a little.
In welfare reform, we have people blogging who I can only assume are frustrated civil servants such is the depth of their insider knowledge. So CoffeeHousers, take a bow: it's always the clients, not just the coffee, that make the atmosphere. And we really do think it's second to none.