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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 [...]

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 [...]

Dying to Get to Sightglass

Name: Sightglass Coffee Location: 270 7th Street (at Folsom), San Francisco, CA Roaster: Verve Coffee Roasters (for now) Rating: 4

The literature tells us that there are five states to coping with the existence of “speakeasy cafes.” I’m speaking about those underground coffee carts that operate in seeming guerrilla fashion, either as a temporary coffee [...]

Local Art. Schmokel Art.

Name: Blue Bottle SFMOMA Roaster: Blue Bottle Coffee Company Location: Sculpture Garden, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA Rating: 4-

Many cafes take a great deal of pride in supporting local art. Sometimes the art is good, but often times it’s not. While the correlation isn’t perfect, I think its safe to say that the quality [...]

Man Seeking Coffee 2.0

Trick or…Coffee?

Halloween activities most typically involve costumes, collecting candy or cavorting in the Castro (or the location du jour), but I, unintentionally, managed to associate Halloween with the anniversary of this blog. That’s right. I started writing Man Seeking Coffee two years ago on October 31, 2007. So I’ll start this post by [...]

coffee@home: Four Barrel Mordecofe

Beans: Ethiopia Mordecofe Roaster: Four Barrel Coffee Rating: 4-

My plate is more than full at the moment; hopefully, I’ll get around to writing about my visit to Subrosa soon. In the mean time, though, I will say that although it has taken the East Bay far too long to catch up to all [...]

Specialty’s Specializing in…Coffee?

I remember when Specialty’s Cafe and Bakery used to be something pretty amazing in downtown San Francisco. As Specialty’s has expanded and as sandwich shops (such as The Sentinel) have seriously upped the ante, Specialty’s has dropped a few notches on my list. Still, as sandwich shops go, and for the money, the food [...]