Archives

San Diego Area Coffee

I’ll be spare with my words since I have little to add to my posts on San Diego area coffee other than that I wish I had managed to get to Zumbar’s and to try out the coffee cart outside of the Clairemont Mesa Kaiser offices – the latter simply because it sounds so fun.  [...]

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Name: Bird Rock Coffee Roasters Location: 5627 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla CA Roaster: Bird Rock Coffee Roasters Rating: 4-

As I pointed out in my Caffe Calabria review, San Diego doesn’t seem to have a whole lot to offer in terms of world class cafes.  Caffe Calabria is a good start but [...]

Village Coffee

Name: Village Coffee (No web page) Location: 10415 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, CA Roaster: Village Coffee Rating: 2+

Village Coffee is the kind of operation you’d probably never stumble into.  It sits at one end of a relatively nondescript strip mall near Qualcomm Stadium on a small road just off the [...]

Elixir Espresso Bar

Name: Elixir Espresso Bar Location: 427 C Street #101, San Diego, CA Roaster: Caffe Calabria Coffee Roasting Company Rating: 3-

From Kansas City, we head to sunny San Diego, where I previously reported on coffee from Caffe Calabria.  Elixir is a Calabria wholesale account, conveniently located downtown in a building lobby kiosk with [...]

coffee@home: Ritual Karimikui

Beans: Kenya Karimikui Roaster: Ritual Coffee Roasters Rating: 4-

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a cupping event for Home Barista members. As luck would have it, five of my seven top picks (out of 22 world class coffees) were not available in this country. Thankfully, at least one of these seven [...]

coffee@home: Four Barrel Coffees

Beans: See Below Roaster: Four Barrel Coffee Rating: see below

It’s been quite a while – far too long – since I’ve actually reviewed Four Barrel at Four Barrel, but I have been tasting their coffees quite regularly both at Modern Coffee, Subrosa and the occasional cupping event. Fortunately for me, the mountain [...]

coffee@home: Temple Coffees

Beans: See Below Roaster: Temple Fine Coffee and Tea Rating: see below

Temple Coffee just celebrated their first year as a roaster. This occasion is a sad one for me since somehow during that time, I never actually managed to get up to Sacramento to try their coffee. Of course, I also somehow [...]

A Cupping Extravaganza

What I’m not attempting to do

It’s not entirely clear where the right place is to begin when discussing the coffee cupping event I attended last Saturday. I’d like not to spend time discussing the pros and cons of coffee cupping as either a brew method, tasting technique or public relations tool. I’d also not [...]