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A New Standard…for a Corner Deli

Name: Brooklyn Standard Location: 188 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY Roaster: Stumptown Coffee Roasters Rating: 3-

Not far from Lucky Shot Espresso lies Brooklyn Standard, an ordinarily looking New York deli serving pleasantly updated deli fare. The atmosphere, setup and overall aesthetic to the shop resembles more or less what you might find at [...]

Coffee to Make Pat Benatar Weep

Name: Lucky Shot Espresso Location: 145 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY Roasters: Stumptown Coffee Roasters Rating: 4-

Over the holidays, I headed back to New York to explore cafes, see Kandinsky at the Guggenheim, meet up with Oliver Strand of the New York Times, test out the true temperature rating of my down jacket, [...]

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: Guatemala La Concepcion Buenavista

Beans: Guatemala La Concepcion Buenavista Roaster: Stumptown Coffee Roasters Rating: 3+

Occasionally I have a strong opinion about what coffee I want (or don’t want) when I’m buying beans. That was even more the case a few years back when the pickings were slimmer and I was frequently rotating amongst different coffees from one [...]

coffee@home: Hair Bender

Beans: Hair Bender Roaster: Stumptown Coffee Roasters Rating: 4

A true metaphysical puzzle for any coffee roaster is how to name a signature blend. The challenge is that the components of any blend change, both seasonally and from year to year (I’m not even considering variation from roast to roast). With single origins, the [...]

Beauty in a Bargain

Name: Sit and Wonder (no website yet) Location: 688 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, New York Rating: 4-

Sitting there, I couldn’t help but wonder how long this cafe could manage to keep selling coffee at $1 a cup. Granted, you’re not going to spend $2 to schlep across the greater Metropolitan area just to save [...]

Ortine

Name: Ortine Location: 622 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, New York Rating: 2+

It’s becoming more and more difficult to get to new coffee shops in New York, but not because there aren’t any from which to chose. It’s because one becomes quickly overwhelmed by choice. The small stretch of Washington Avenue in Brooklyn between Atlantic and [...]

I’ll be at El Beit

Name: El Beit Location: 158 Bedford Avenue (b/w 8th and 9th), Brooklyn (Williamsburg), New York Rating: 4

I’m hoping my last two and a half months of New York cafe visits haven’t confused or mislead too many folks. I was only there for about a week and still happily reside in the East Bay. [...]