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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 [...]

Stumptown in New York

Name: Stumptown Coffee Roasters – NYC Ace Location: 18 West 29th Street (29th and Broadway, next to and with interior access to the Ace Hotel), New York, NY Rating: 4-

Not too many newspapers do good coffee the justice it deserves, which is why I was so happy to see the New York [...]

Secret Barista Man

Name: New York Training Lab Location: 594 Broadway, Suite 909A, New York, NY Roaster: Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea

It seemed obvious enough how to find the Intelligentsia New York Training Lab as I entered 594 Broadway, a nondescript, but otherwise obvious building in the lower portion of Manhattan. “Suite 909A” was posted on the [...]

Don’t Avoid the Third Rail

Name: Third Rail Coffee Location: 240 Sullivan Street (between Bleeker and West 3rd), New York, New York Rating: 4

Third Rail Coffee is one of the many new spots slinging quality coffee in the greater New York Area these days. Following a hearty recommendation of this cafe from a couple of people, I swung [...]

Sips Sans Simon

Update: Simon Sips has closed. Blue Bird Cafe, still using Counter Culture has opened in the same space.

Name: Simon Sips Location: 72 East 1st Street, New York, New York Roaster: Counter Culture Coffee Rating: 3

There’s a reason I tend not to hob-knob with coffee industry folks, and it’s not just because I don’t [...]