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A Cupping Extravaganza

What I’m not attempting to do

It’s not entirely clear where the right place is to begin when discussing the coffee cupping event I attended last Saturday. I’d like not to spend time discussing the pros and cons of coffee cupping as either a brew method, tasting technique or public relations tool. I’d also not [...]

coffee@home: A Tale of Two Anjilanakas

Beans: Anjilanaka, Bolivia Black Cat Espresso Roast & Anjilanaka, Bolivia regular roast Roaster: Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea Rating: 4-

For many of you, this coffee needs no introduction.  If you are not one of those people, then let me clarify that this coffee, or at least the espresso-roasted version of it pictured on the left [...]

Mail-Order Sommelier

Even Man Seeking Coffee Gets the Blues

Once in a while, even this man gets tired of seeking coffee. Some days I wake up and hope to find a good cup of coffee that required no research on my part. No thinking, yet something new, different and interesting. I suppose I’d have to change [...]

bluehouse is a Very Fine House

Name: Bluehouse Location: 1407 Fleet Street, Baltimore, MD Roaster: Counter Culture Coffee Rating: 3-

There’s a point, usually all too soon, that one reaches their fill of conference coffee. After all, conference coffee is there to sustain and not to enjoy. It doesn’t need to be this way, and the conference coffee I was [...]

Follow the Intelligentsia Road

Name: Intelligentsia Silver Lake Coffeebar Location: 3922 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA Roaster: Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea Rating: 4

Having been up a considerable portion of the night because my daughter didn’t sleep well was probably the best excuse I could think of for dragging her, my wife, mother and father 45 minutes [...]

coffee@home: Michael Thomas Coffee Three

Beans: Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia Yergacheffe Roaster: Michael Thomas Coffee Rating: 2 to 3

My flight home from Albuquerque was truly pleasant – the smell of fresh coffee wafted from my bag every time it was bumped. I imagine that my seat neighbors either hated me or wanted to rip open my bag [...]

Querque Cafe, Nice Coffee

Name: Michael Thomas Coffee Locations: 1111 Carlisle Blvd., SE, Albuquerque, NM

Roaster: Michael Thomas Coffee

Rating: 3 3+ (see update below)

As I pulled up to Michael Thomas Coffee, I couldn’t shake the twisted rendition of The Talking Heads’ “Stay Up Late,” forming inside my head. Dr. Oliver Sacks would probably ascribe [...]