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coffee@home: Apollo Espresso

Beans: Apollo Espresso Roaster: Counter Culture Coffee Rating: 4-

A prominent gap in this blog’s coffee coverage is the absence of reviews for Counter Culture Coffee’s two signature espresso blends: the brighter, zestier Aficionado and the darker, sweeter Toscano. I’ve written about each from time to time during east coast cafe visits (since [...]

Peregrine Espresso for a Seeking Man

Name: Peregrine Espresso Location: 660 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, D.C. Roasters: Counter Culture Coffee Rating: 3+

Look around the internet, and you’ll quickly determine that the coffee mantle in Washington D.C.’s post-Murky era appears to have been passed to two institutions: Chinatown Coffee and Tea and Peregrine Espresso. In my post on Chinatown [...]

Chinatown Coffee and Tea

Name: Chinatown Coffee and Tea Location: 475 H Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. Roasters: Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea and rotating guest coffees Rating: 4-

Good coffee in the Washington D.C. area used to be synonymous with the name Murky Coffee. Sadly, I never did make it to Murky before the IRS closed the Capital [...]

Sipity Do Dah

Name: Sip Cafe Location: Zero Post Office Square, Boston, MA Roasters: Terroir and Rotating Guest Roaster Rating: 4-

One place I’d suggest you go for coffee in Boston is Sip, a greenhouse-like structure, situated downtown, at the southern end of Post Office Square Park. If you’re like I was, you may be suspicious. [...]

coffee@home: Kickapoo Colombia

Beans: Colombia Fondo Paez Cooperative Roaster: Kickapoo Coffee Rating: 4-

As I have in the past, I have Coffee Review to thank for a good coffee tip. I first discovered Kickapoo coffee when researching Counter Culture’s La Golondrina two years ago.  At that time, Ken David’s gave Kickapoo’s Colombia a whopping 95 points. [...]

A Chip Off the Old Spruce Street

Name: Ultimo Coffee Bar Location: 1900 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA Roaster: Counter Culture Coffee Rating: 4-

One secret to any good culinary sleuthing is understanding an establishment’s staffing pedigree. If key staff of your selected establishment have worked for high-quality institutions, they ideally carry some of that prior establishment’s sensibility with them. This [...]

Sprucing up Philly Coffee

Name: Spruce Street Espresso Location: 1101 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA Roaster: Counter Culture Coffee Rating: 4-

By the time I finally made it back to Philadelphia in January, it had been nearly two years since I had tasted what this city had to offer in the way of coffee.  When I visited previously, [...]

City Girl Cafe

Name: City Girl Cafe Location: 63 Thompson Street, New York, NY Roasters: Stumptown Coffee Roasters Rating: 3-

As the New York coffee turf battle continues, it seems not unsurprising that Ground Support, an Intelligentsia account, opened up just around the corner from City Girl Cafe, server of Stumptown coffee. I suppose the only [...]