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UPDATE (10/19/10): Luna Espresso is now closed.

Name: Luna Espresso Location: 1593 1st Avenue, New York, NY Roasters: Caffe Pronto Rating: 3+

My most recent trip to New York, a few months ago now, was a short one, and didn’t leave a lot of time for coffee exploration. Despite being left red-eyed from [...]

The Roasterie

Name: The Roasterie Cafe Location: 6223 Brookside Blvd., Kansas City, MO Roaster: The Roasterie Rating: 3+

Kansas City is a bit of a coffee enigma. My first round of coffee research in anticipation of heading here turned up several potentially good spots. This initial scan surprised me. After all, the fact that Calvin [...]

Venice: A Coffee Bar? Not a Coffee Bar?

Name: Venice Coffee Bar Location: 1331 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA Roaster: Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea Rating: 4

I first experienced Intelligentsia’s Venice Coffee Bar back in May 2009. That visit – the grand opening party – was monumental in that it was the first glimpse that most folks were getting of this much [...]

Restoring My Faith in Indy Coffee

Name: Hubbard & Cravens Coffee and Tea Location: 6229 Carrollton Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46220 (and 4 other Indianapolis locations) Rating: 3+

I’m not sure why the best coffee I had during my Indianapolis visit – the other previously mentioned spots weren’t so hot – produced the cruddiest pictures. Perhaps it was the fault of [...]

A Million Things to Say About LAMILL

Name: LAMILL Location: 1636 Silverlake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA Rating: 3+

LAMILL is not your ordinary cafe. It’s a full service restaurant that happens to focus intensely on and roast its own coffee. I’d loosely classify it as a cousin of Blue Bottle’s Cafe or perhaps the new Intelligentsia Venice when you consider range [...]

I’ll be at El Beit

Name: El Beit Location: 158 Bedford Avenue (b/w 8th and 9th), Brooklyn (Williamsburg), New York Rating: 4

I’m hoping my last two and a half months of New York cafe visits haven’t confused or mislead too many folks. I was only there for about a week and still happily reside in the East Bay. [...]

Root Hill Cafe

Name: Root Hill Cafe Location: 262 Fourth Ave, Brooklyn, NY Rating: 3

As advisable as a visit to Root Hill Cafe might be, walking all the way down Fourth Avenue from Atlantic is not. Not only it is it a longer walk than it may seem on the map, but it’s not very scenic, [...]

Kaffe 1668

Name: Kaffe 1668 Location: 275 Greenwich Street, New York, New York Roasters: Intelligentsia, Ecco Caffe, Plowshares Rating: 4

Due to their use of Intelligentsia and owning a Clover, Kaffe 1668 was one of the spots I was most excited about visiting during my (increasingly less) recent New York coffee tour. It didn’t disappoint either, [...]