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coffee@home: Scarlet City Coffees

Beans: Scarlet City Coffees Roaster: Scarlet City Coffee Roasters Rating: see below

I first encountered Scarlet City Coffee Roasters  in what amounted to something of a pop-up appearance for Blackbird Cafe when they set up shop for all of two weekends at the Grand Lake Farmer’s Market. After I tasted their espresso there […]

(Quasi) Live Updates from SCAA 2010

I tend to like to save twitter for more pithy items and this blog for more substantive ones. While I do plan on using both to report back on my trip to SCAA 2010, I wanted to add another tool to the arsenal. You can link over to mscspecialevent.wordpress.com, where I’ll attempt to create a […]

The Man Seeking Coffee LA Coffee Map

As a reader of this blog, it’s very likely that you are now either on your way or soon will be to gawk, schmooze, blog, present, compete or otherwise partake in the extravaganza known as the 2010 Specialty Coffee Association of America’s exposition. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, this annual […]

To the USBC or Bust!

Since I made my big announcement yesterday, I’ve been carefully weighing the pros and cons of competing. On the “pro” side…well, I’m sure there are all sorts of platitudes I could espouse about making oneself stronger. On the “cons” side of the list…I’d really rather not bore you with the details. Fortunately, I found out […]

Man Seeking Competition

Most weekends over the past few months have found me glued to the computer screen, turning my wife into a sports widow. I’m not talking about March Madness either. I’ve been watching the US Regional Barista Competitions, which the brilliant organizers (unlike the organizers of the Oscars) have figured out how to live stream […]

coffee@home: Caffe Calabria

Beans: Calabria Espresso Blend and Guatemala Roaster: Caffe Calabria Coffee Roasting Company Rating: 3+ and 2+

I picked up these two coffees in the back-of-the-store bean purchasing center of Cafe Calabria. The Calabria Espresso blend seemed a no-brainer.  I liked my shot in the cafe and wanted to see how it might fare […]

I’d Rather Have Blue Bottle In Front of Me…

Name: Blue Bottle Coffee Company Location: 300 Webster Street, Oakland, CA Roasters: Blue Bottle Coffee Company Rating: 3+

Call me paranoid, but at times I think Blue Bottle has master minded a conspiracy. Just when I finally managed to visit the Oakland roasting facility coffee bar, James Freeman went and opened a new […]

Stay Classy San Diego

Name: Caffe Calabria Location: 3933 30th Street, San Diego, CA Roaster: Caffe Calabria Coffee Roasting Company Rating: 3

Most cities in the country, or the world for that matter, are not as blessed as cities such as Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco (er…the Bay Area). Most cities simply do not possess a […]