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A 90-Point Brew It Is: The Coffee/Brew Quality Divide

First things first. It looks like I need to consider some new polling software. Mine doesn’t seem to allow me to present results in a fancy format. So until I can convince Richard Dawson to tell us what the survey said, some bullet points will have to announce the results of my little poll.

Those [...]

A 90 Point Brew?

I don’t mean for this to sound satirical or sarcastic. I’m asking it in all seriousness, even if I might be pushing the boundaries of hypothetical coffee pondering. The fact is that I was genuinely inspired by a recent quick question posed by another coffee blogger which asked whether you would prefer a higher quality [...]

More on Coffee Middlemen

This blog is no stranger to the rising phenomenon of retail web sites selling other people’s coffee, a.k.a. the coffee middlemen. In the past, I’ve reviewed the offerings of the Roaster’s Club (1,2) and Go Coffee Go. I found the coffees offered by these two sites to be quite good and the overall experience [...]

To the USBC or Bust!

Since I made my big announcement yesterday, I’ve been carefully weighing the pros and cons of competing. On the “pro” side…well, I’m sure there are all sorts of platitudes I could espouse about making oneself stronger. On the “cons” side of the list…I’d really rather not bore you with the details. Fortunately, I found out [...]

Man Seeking Competition

Most weekends over the past few months have found me glued to the computer screen, turning my wife into a sports widow. I’m not talking about March Madness either. I’ve been watching the US Regional Barista Competitions, which the brilliant organizers (unlike the organizers of the Oscars) have figured out how to live stream [...]

I’d Rather Have Blue Bottle In Front of Me…

Name: Blue Bottle Coffee Company Location: 300 Webster Street, Oakland, CA Roasters: Blue Bottle Coffee Company Rating: 3+

Call me paranoid, but at times I think Blue Bottle has master minded a conspiracy. Just when I finally managed to visit the Oakland roasting facility coffee bar, James Freeman went and opened a new [...]

coffee@home: Novo’s Washed Amaro

Beans: Ethiopia Amaro Gayo Washed Roaster: Novo Coffee Rating: 4-

The second coffee I ordered from Go Coffee Go was this Washed Ethiopia Amaro Gayo from Novo Coffee in Denver, whose Arvada and Denver Art Museum cafes (not to be confused with the kiosks inside the DAM) I last visited over two years ago. [...]

Go Coffee Go

Many of you may have already heard of Go Coffee Go. For those of you who haven’t, it’s a shopping site that allows you to purchase coffees from multiple roasters in one place. What initially attracted me to the site was that fact that so many good roasters were selling coffee there, but I [...]