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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 [...]

Modern Coffee Looks to the Future

Name: Modern Coffee Location: 411 13th Street, Oakland, CA Roasters: Multiple roasters, including Ecco Caffe, Four Barrel, and Verve Rating: 4

This post is sorely overdue. I say this because I frequent Modern Coffee and have frequently recommended it to friends. I say this because the coffee is good. I say this because [...]

A Clover on a Coffee Cart to Cure Your Ills

Name: Remedy Coffee Location: 4316 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA Roasters: Ritual Coffee Roasters Rating: 3+

As you may have been following on this blog and elsewhere, quality coffee is finally beginning to roll into the East Bay. Funny enough, it seems to be arriving with baggage included. I’m not making some subtle dig [...]

coffee@home: Kean Decaf Sidamo

Beans: Ethiopia Sidamo Decaf Roaster: Kéan Coffee Rating: 4

Decaffeinating coffee is an intensive and expensive undertaking. Only a few places around the world decaffeinate coffee and the process wreaks havoc on a coffee’s flavors and aromas. To complicate matters, demand for decaf is low while the final sale price is typically the same [...]

Spring For This Coffee

Name: Spring For Coffee Location: 548 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA Roaster: rotating menu, including: Equator, Four Barrel, Intelligentsia and Ritual Rating: 3+

Spring for Coffee is a 300 square foot coffee bar kiosk is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, which if you haven’t heard, is no longer the desolate [...]

Dying to Get to Sightglass

Name: Sightglass Coffee Location: 270 7th Street (at Folsom), San Francisco, CA Roaster: Verve Coffee Roasters (for now) Rating: 4

The literature tells us that there are five states to coping with the existence of “speakeasy cafes.” I’m speaking about those underground coffee carts that operate in seeming guerrilla fashion, either as a temporary coffee [...]

The Subrosa is out of the Bag

Name: Subrosa Coffee Location: 419 40th Street (at Webster), Oakland, CA Roaster: Four Barrel Coffee Rating: 4-

Subrosa literally means under the rose. However, the term also denotes secrecy, as the the owners of Subrosa Coffee have indicated in a footnote on their web page and by their understated presence on this strip [...]