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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Sips Sans Simon

Update: Simon Sips has closed. Blue Bird Cafe, still using Counter Culture has opened in the same space.

Name: Simon Sips Location: 72 East 1st Street, New York, New York Roaster: Counter Culture Coffee Rating: 3

There’s a reason I tend not to hob-knob with coffee industry folks, and it’s not just because I don’t […]

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, […]

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 […]

Improving Coffee for the Everyman

Name: Everyman Espresso Location: 136 East 13th Street (between 3rd and 4th), New York, NY Roaster: Counter Culture Coffee Rating: 3+

Everyman Espresso embodies Manhattan’s version of “off the beaten path.” This cafe, located conveniently near Union Square and just down the street from the 13th Street Joe the Art of Coffee (where I […]

If Only Atlanta Were Closer…

Name: Octane Coffee Bar and Lounge Location: 1009-B Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA Roaster: Counter Culture Coffee Rating: 4

My new top pick for café that I wish would move in down the street has got to be Octane Coffee Bar and Lounge. Perhaps it’s the “and Lounge” part that does it, […]