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Give It Up for Gimme!

Name: Gimme! Coffee Locations: 228 Mott Street and 495 Lorimer Street, New York, New York (and several upstate locations) Rating: 4

My relationship with Gimme! Coffee has been fraught with well-intended, but somewhat missed connections. My visit to Lorimer Street took place a short time before the start of this blog. A few months […]

Tasting Caffe Trieste

Name: Caffe Trieste Location: 2500 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA (locations in San Francisco, San Jose and Sausalito) Rating: 2+

The original North Beach location of Caffe Trieste introduced espresso to the Bay Area back in the 50’s and was the first cafe, as we know them today, to be remembered and revered by […]

Coffee at Slow Food Nation, Part 3

Name: Slow Food Nation Taste Pavilion Location: Easternmost Pier, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

My first impression of the Taste Pavilion weren’t particularly glowing. It seems that “taking it slow” meant lots of standing in line. The entry line followed the northern boundary of the Fort before taking a sharp 90 degree turn […]

coffee@home: Fazenda São João Brazil

Beans: Brazil Fazenda São João Roaster: Ritual Coffee Roasters Rating: 4

Ritual’s Fazenda São João doesn’t need my recommendation. Chris Baca used it to win the 2008 WRBC as well as take 4th place in the country at the 2008 USBC. Kenneth Davids has scored this coffee an outstanding 92 points. And, Ritual found […]

Drinking the Forbidden Fruit

Name: Ritual Kiosk Location: Inside Flora Grubb Gardens at 1634 Jerrold Ave., San Francisco, CA (Bayview) Roaster: Ritual Coffee Roasters Rating: 4

Yes. I confess. I have written about Ritual before and probably am at risk of of over-referencing it in my articles, but don’t worry, this isn’t a repeat episode. It’s also not […]

Bay Area Brazilians (Part 1?)

Beans: Four single origin beans from Brazil and one blend Roasters: Blue Bottle, Ritual Roasters, Ecco Caffe, and Starbucks Rating: 2 – 4

A Little Background Reading Please…

Being the world’s largest coffee producer means that Brazil has a coffee for everyone, regardless of their need or price point. They produce vast […]

The Philadelphia Coffee Story: Crescent Moon

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Name: Crescent Moon Coffee and Tea Location: 141 Bridgeton Pike, Store D, Mullica Hill, NJ Roaster: Crescent Moon Coffee and Tea Rating: 3

Further adding to the enigma of Philadelphia coffee is Crescent Moon Coffee and Tea. At least two tips pointed me in the direction of Crescent Moon as a great […]

The New Blue Bottle Cafe

Name: Blue Bottle Cafe Location: 66 Mint Street (@ Jessie), San Francisco Roaster: Blue Bottle Coffee Company Rating: 4

The opening of Blue Bottle’s new café is the shot (or perhaps drip) heard ‘round the internet this week. “At Last, a $20,000 Cup of Coffee” breaths the New York Times. Laughing Squid […]