Off to the Races

Name: Camino Location: 3917 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA Roasters: Four Barrel Coffee and Blue Bottle Coffee Company Rating: 4-

It’s a common refrain amongst those who obsess over good coffee that well-respected restaurants rarely get the stuff right. At least with espresso, you can understand why the results are often poor. Producing good […]

Top Secret Coffee

Name: Gold Street Caffe Location: 218 Gold Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM Rating: 2-

A couple of weeks ago, Mark Prince posted this rumor on Twitter. Ever since, I’ve been eagerly looking about for signs of this Intelligentsia purchuse to the point of actually considering absurd hypotheses. The sight of a Southwest airlines seatback card […]

Oliveto, Gentil Oliveto

Name: Oliveto Location: 5655 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA Rating: 3

My Oliveto saga started back in September when I first laid eyes on the illuminated (restored), 3-group Faema E61 machine (yes, another one) peeking through the open folding doors to the patio seating. I knew Oliveto had recently completed a remodel, installing some new […]

New Orleans: Cafe Du Monde

Name: Cafe Du Monde Location: French Market, 800 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA (and other locations) Rating: 2 (but definitely go for the beignets!)

As touristy as it is, a trip to New Orleans wouldn’t be complete without a wait in line for beignets and chicory coffee at Café Du Monde. This place […]

Nothing Easy About Finding (Good) Coffee in New Orleans

My family (wife and daughter plus parents, brother and his partner) spent the Christmas holiday together in New Orleans. We indulged in touristy endeavors – a stroll along the river, the Natchez River cruise, the Audobon Zoo, the Aquarium, and wandering around the French Quarter. We ate some great food including beignets at Cafe […]

Man Seeking The Shot: A Trip to Dynamo Donuts

UPDATE: Four Barrel Coffee is roasting their own coffee and Dynamo is now using it. I haven’t run a more recent review of the coffee, but see my reviews of Four Barrel for some suggested insight into what you might expect.

Name: Dynamo Donuts Location: 2760 24th Street (b/w Hampshire and York), San Francisco, […]

Woodberry Kitchen

Name: Woodberry Kitchen Location: 2010 Clipper Park Road, No. 126, Baltimore, MD Roaster: Counter Culture Coffee Rating: 3+

Before heading off to Baltimore, I had found what looked like a recent addition to the their budding coffee scene. Artifact Coffee, as it was known, looked like a beautiful, modern space and their folks clearly knew […]