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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 […]

Stay Classy San Diego

Name: Caffe Calabria Location: 3933 30th Street, San Diego, CA Roaster: Caffe Calabria Coffee Roasting Company Rating: 3

Most cities in the country, or the world for that matter, are not as blessed as cities such as Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco (er…the Bay Area). Most cities simply do not possess a […]

Caffe Luxxe

Name: Caffe Luxxe Location: 925 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA Roaster: Blue Bottle Coffee Company (drip) and Unknown (espresso) Rating: 3

After heading out of Intelligentsia’s Venice Coffee Bar I couldn’t help but take a peek at the Equator Cafe inside Equator Books, which hosts an impressive coffee setup serving coffee from non-other than […]

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 […]

Getting to Joe

Name: Joe the Art of Coffee Locations: Grand Central Terminal (Graybar Passage) and 9 East 13th Street, New York, NY (5 locations in total) Rating: 4-

Of all the cafes I planned to tour while visiting New York, my trip to Joe the Art of Coffee had me most excited. For one reason, I […]

coffee@home: Zabar’s Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

Beans: Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Roaster: Zabar’s Rating: 2+

I often complain to friends and family about the poor quality of New York City coffee, especially given how it’s a city with so much good food. It’s not so much that there is a lack of good coffee. In fact, good coffee seems to be experiencing […]

Napoli Coffee

Name: Napoli Coffee Location: 2839 Carlisle Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM Roasters: Batdorf and Bronson and Caffe Umbria Rating: 2+

Napoli Coffee enjoys a brisk and friendly local business. At least, that was my take during the couple of hours I spent there doing some work one morning. I watched a steady flow of customers […]

Not Your Father’s Breakroom Coffee

Name: The Breakroom Cafe Location: 300 13th Street, Oakland, CA (Downtown) Roaster: De La Paz Coffee Rating: 3

I haven’t confirmed it, but I think the owners of The Breakroom christened their cafe, tongues firmly in cheek. First of all, this cafe is not down the hall from your office; in fact, it’s fairly […]