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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

coffee@home: Two of Oren’s Daily Roasts

Beans: Ethiopia Sidamo #3 and Brazil Cerrado Daterra Roaster: Oren’s Daily Roast Rating: 3- and 3+

My recent trip to New York was mostly business only. I had time to grab a quick cup of house blend from the Joe Kiosk in Grand Central right before rushing for the train. I also had […]

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 […]

coffee@home: Beloya Section One

Bean: Beloya Section One (Sidamo, Ethiopia) and Lake Tawar Sumatran Roaster: Novo Coffee Rating: 3

When I was at Novo a few weeks back, I picked up three bags (12 oz) of their Lake Tawar Sumatran and one (8oz) of their Beloya Section One. Sadly, not even one bag of Lake Tawar made home, […]

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 […]