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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. […]

A Bluebird Will Arise from the Ashes

Name: Bluebird Coffee Shop Location: 72 East 1st Street, New York, NY Roasters: Counter Culture Coffee Rating: 3+

I couldn’t help but feel a bit like the harbinger of death after my visit to Simon Sips. Moments before I walked in the door, one of their long time baristas gave his notice, and […]

coffee@home: Barismo Costa Rica

Beans: Costa Rica Helsar De Zarcero Roaster: Barismo Rating: 4-

My father got me some Procrastination cards for Christmas, perfect for puting off thank you notes and nicely serving as a reminder that I never did write about Barismo’s  Costa Rica Helsar de Zarcero, which I purchased and consumed last August. I liked this coffee a lot, […]

coffee@home: Streetlevel Espresso

Beans: Streetlevel Espresso Roaster: Verve Coffee Roasters Rating: 4

I sang my praises of this espresso blend when describing my trip to Verve, where it’s pulled as the house espresso. Interestingly, Verve’s bay area wholesale accounts have tended to favor other other blends, like the Sermon, which are likely a bit more forgiving and […]

Bah Humbug!

I hate to come off sounding scrooge-like, but I’m finding myself increasingly agnostic towards the whole concept of gift-giving for the holidays or otherwise. It’s not not that I don’t enjoy giving or receiving the right gift once in a while to/from the right person on the right occasion. Instead, I’m referring to the process […]

coffee@home: Four Barrel Mordecofe

Beans: Ethiopia Mordecofe Roaster: Four Barrel Coffee Rating: 4-

My plate is more than full at the moment; hopefully, I’ll get around to writing about my visit to Subrosa soon. In the mean time, though, I will say that although it has taken the East Bay far too long to catch up to all […]

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 […]