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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 [...]

Feeling the Coffee Tasting Love at Barefoot

It’s been almost a year since I attended the first session of Barefoot Coffee Roaster’s “Foundations of Taste” series at their flagship store in Santa Clara. It was an enjoyable enough experience for me on a Saturday, but because Barefoot is just far enough away to not hover too high on my radar. A [...]

Zombie Runner

Name: Cafe Zombie Location: inside ZombieRunner, 429 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA Rating: 4

I recently drove the family down to Palo Alto to visit some family friends. Of course, the trip had to include a stop-off for yogurt from Fraiche, but as happy I as I am with their Blue Bottle coffee [...]

Pondering the Third Wave Expansion

I find it a little surprising sometimes that prominent, high quality (OK, let’s just say it – “third wave”) cafe/roasters have opened as few shops as they have. Take the Big Bay area players, for example, which have no more than a large handful of stores combined. Blue Bottle appears to be in the lead [...]

Tasting Caffe Trieste

Name: Caffe Trieste Location: 2500 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA (locations in San Francisco, San Jose and Sausalito) Rating: 2+

The original North Beach location of Caffe Trieste introduced espresso to the Bay Area back in the 50′s and was the first cafe, as we know them today, to be remembered and revered by [...]

Froyo Espresso

Name: Fraiche Location: 644 Emerson, Palo Alto, CA Rating: 4-

I love coffee but have never really been bitten by the sour frozen yogurt bug. My wife, on the other hand, complained about the demise of Dannon’s sour frozen yogurt for years before Pinkberry, Red Mango and countless copycats burst on the scene.  She, [...]

coffee@home: Barefoot Espresso x2

Beans: Element 114 espresso and Santa Clara Decaf Roaster: Barefoot Coffee Roasters Rating: 3+ and 3-

The four main variables in making good espresso include the quality of the machine, the ability to get a good and consistent grind, the quality and freshness of the beans and one’s barista skills (i.e. the ability to [...]

Don’t Judge a Bucks Buying Clover (Part 2)

Name: Starbucks – Small Batch/Clover Service Location: 7 Third Street, San Francisco, CA (and other locations in Boston, Seattle, Portland and the Bay Area) Rating: 3

My previous piece was the backstory. I filled you in on the controversy surrounding Starbucks’ recent purchase of the Coffee Equipment Company and its technological wonder, the Clover [...]