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coffee@home: Apollo Espresso

Beans: Apollo Espresso Roaster: Counter Culture Coffee Rating: 4-

A prominent gap in this blog’s coffee coverage is the absence of reviews for Counter Culture Coffee’s two signature espresso blends: the brighter, zestier Aficionado and the darker, sweeter Toscano. I’ve written about each from time to time during east coast cafe visits (since [...]

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 [...]

coffee@home: Temple Coffees

Beans: See Below Roaster: Temple Fine Coffee and Tea Rating: see below

Temple Coffee just celebrated their first year as a roaster. This occasion is a sad one for me since somehow during that time, I never actually managed to get up to Sacramento to try their coffee. Of course, I also somehow [...]

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 [...]

coffee@home: Le’Lit PL53

Model: PL53 Doserless Stepless Espresso Grinder Brand: Le’Lit

Reviewing coffee equipment is no small endeavor. It takes a desire to tinker and plenty of time. Besides, it’s hard to argue with the collective coffee equipment wisdom accumulated on the boards of Coffee Geek and Home Barista.

In fact, these two sites were the [...]

coffee@home: Evocation Coffees

Beans: Spitfire Espresso and Guatemala Trapachitos Roaster: Evocation Coffee Roasters Rating: 4- and 3

A not so secret perk of running a blog is that a lot of people like to send you stuff. The often unexamined aspect of this perk is that much of the stuff that people want to send you [...]

coffee@home: Paradise Romance Blend

Beans: Romance Blend Roaster: Paradise Coffee Roasters Rating: 4

I would hazard a guess that Paradise Coffee Roasters, based in Ramsey, Minnesota was founded by some individuals desperate to get away from a long Minnesotan winter. The Jimmy Buffetesque packaging isn’t one I’d necessarily gravitate towards, especially when the coffee is called Romance, [...]