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Trick or…Coffee?

Halloween activities most typically involve costumes, collecting candy or cavorting in the Castro (or the location du jour), but I, unintentionally, managed to associate Halloween with the anniversary of this blog. That’s right. I started writing Man Seeking Coffee two years ago on October 31, 2007. So I’ll start this post by […]

Here Comes Local 123

Name: Local 123 Location: 2049 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA Roaster: Multiple, including: Coava, Flying Goat Coffee, Verve Rating: 4

(Update: 10/19/10 – See comments)

I have to admit that the arrival of Local 123 took me something by surprise. It’s not that I hadn’t been eagerly waiting for a cafe of this […]

coffee@home: Kean’s Kona

Beans: 100% Kona Roaster: Kean Coffee Rating: 4

Largely unschooled in better quality Kona coffees, I was intrigued to see one on the table at Kean’s new Tustin store, and even more interested to see it selling for $20/12oz bag, a veritable bargain for 100% Konas (at least those that are any good). […]

coffee@home: Flying Goat’s Mexican Decaf

Beans: Mexican Decaf Roaster: Flying Goat Coffee Rating: 3

I picked up this decaf while at Flying Goat a few weeks back. They had two in stock – a Sumatran and the Mexican. Given my recent success with a delicious decaf Mexican at Woodberry Kitchen, I figured I’d give the Mexican a try.

This […]

Apples and Coffee and Goats, Oh My!

Name: Flying Goat Coffee Location: 10 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA Rating: 4

As my wife, daughter and I sat munching apple fritters at the Sebastopol Gravenstein Apple Fair, I realized that what I wanted to go with it was a really good cup of coffee. I suggested a trip to Flying Goat, which involved […]

Coffee, Sex, and Politics: Finding a Little Sanity

Reading the headlines this week was nearly enough to give me a madonna-whore coffee complex. Scantly clad baristas at a coffee drive-through dumped scalding water on a cross-dressing flasher, while at the same time Iggy Pop extols the virtues of coffee as an addiction-combating beverage. There was the story of the South African politician cavorting […]

coffee@home: Flying Goat and the Gesha

Beans: Panama La Esmeralda Gesha Roaster: Flying Goat Coffee Rating: 4

For those of you not yet familiar with La Esmeralda Gesha/Geisha coffee, you probably have some catch-up reading to do. I’d highly recommend Michaele Weissman’s God in a Cup, which is a great read about the specialty coffee industry – third-wavers in particular – but also […]

WRBC 2008, Part 2

Name: The 2008 Western Regional Barista Championship Host: Pacific Bay Coffee Company Location: Gaia Arts Center, 2120 Alston Way, Berkeley, CA Rating: 4

The 2008 Western Regional Barista Competition took place this past weekend in my hometown of Berkeley. Of course, the fact that I’m only just now getting around to posting my summary […]