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Coffee in Kentuckiana

Name: Sunergos Coffee Location: 2122 South Preston Street, Louisville, KY Roasters: Sunergos Coffee Rating: 3+

I didn’t have a lot of hope for finding good coffee when I visited Louisville a few weeks back. I was there for a wedding and something of a family reunion so my coffee shop sleuthing hours were [...]

coffee@home: Four Barrel Coffees

Beans: See Below Roaster: Four Barrel Coffee Rating: see below

It’s been quite a while – far too long – since I’ve actually reviewed Four Barrel at Four Barrel, but I have been tasting their coffees quite regularly both at Modern Coffee, Subrosa and the occasional cupping event. Fortunately for me, the mountain [...]

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 [...]

Barismo

Name: Barismo Location: 169 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA Roaster: Barismo Rating: 4-

No coffee tour of Boston would be complete without a stop by Barismo. Other than Terroir, which doesn’t have a coffee bar of its own, it’s hard to think of a local roaster that’s done as much for Boston area coffee [...]

Get Your Fixe

Name: Cafe Fixe Location: 1642 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA Roasters: Barrington Coffee Roasters and Guest Roaster Rating: 4-

Cafe Fixe deserves more than it’s about to get in this review given their commitment to well-prepared coffee and a decent array of brewing options, but there are times when my brain simply grows weary [...]

Simon’s Coffee Shop

Name: Simon’s Coffee Shop Location: 1736 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA Roasters: Barismo and Terroir Rating: 3

Simon’s Coffee Shop isn’t too far from Diesel or 1369 when it comes to cafe classifications. Inside is a nice version of your standard coffeehouse with worn wooden floors, a pressed tin ceiling, slightly touched up original [...]

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 [...]

I’d Rather Have Blue Bottle In Front of Me…

Name: Blue Bottle Coffee Company Location: 300 Webster Street, Oakland, CA Roasters: Blue Bottle Coffee Company Rating: 3+

Call me paranoid, but at times I think Blue Bottle has master minded a conspiracy. Just when I finally managed to visit the Oakland roasting facility coffee bar, James Freeman went and opened a new [...]