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A 90-Point Brew It Is: The Coffee/Brew Quality Divide

First things first. It looks like I need to consider some new polling software. Mine doesn’t seem to allow me to present results in a fancy format. So until I can convince Richard Dawson to tell us what the survey said, some bullet points will have to announce the results of my little poll.

Those […]

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 […]

This Here Ain’t from Bob Evans’ Farm

Name: farm:table Location: 754 Post Street (between Jones and Leavenworth), San Francisco, CA Rating: 4-

After my best friend and I hit up the Blue Bottle Ferry Plaza kiosk and before we sated his out-of-town burrito hunger at La Tacqueria (against the recommendations of otherwise admirable Burrito Eater), took a detour by the recently opened […]

A Million Things to Say About LAMILL

Name: LAMILL Location: 1636 Silverlake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA Rating: 3+

LAMILL is not your ordinary cafe. It’s a full service restaurant that happens to focus intensely on and roast its own coffee. I’d loosely classify it as a cousin of Blue Bottle’s Cafe or perhaps the new Intelligentsia Venice when you consider range […]

Holiday Shopping Procrastinators Unite!

With just 5 days until the start of Chanukah and 9 days until Christmas, my house has nary a present in sight. I believe that I can now wear my procrastinators club badge in full display as I rapidly wrack my brain for gift ideas and put off any  purchases until the actual last minute. […]

Follow the Intelligentsia Road

Name: Intelligentsia Silver Lake Coffeebar Location: 3922 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA Roaster: Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea Rating: 4

Having been up a considerable portion of the night because my daughter didn’t sleep well was probably the best excuse I could think of for dragging her, my wife, mother and father 45 minutes […]