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Down at the Crossroads

Name: Crossroads Coffeehouse Location: 310 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, MO Roasters: Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea Rating: 3+

I was happy, but a little surprised, to find an Intelligentsia wholesale client in Kansas City.  Then again, maybe I shouldn’t have been given that Take Five reached out to Zoka in Washington state.  Certainly, getting your [...]

Peregrine Espresso for a Seeking Man

Name: Peregrine Espresso Location: 660 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, D.C. Roasters: Counter Culture Coffee Rating: 3+

Look around the internet, and you’ll quickly determine that the coffee mantle in Washington D.C.’s post-Murky era appears to have been passed to two institutions: Chinatown Coffee and Tea and Peregrine Espresso. In my post on Chinatown [...]

coffee@home: Evocation Coffees

Beans: Spitfire Espresso and Guatemala Trapachitos Roaster: Evocation Coffee Roasters Rating: 4- and 3

A not so secret perk of running a blog is that a lot of people like to send you stuff. The often unexamined aspect of this perk is that much of the stuff that people want to send you [...]

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 [...]

coffee@home: Caffe Calabria

Beans: Calabria Espresso Blend and Guatemala Roaster: Caffe Calabria Coffee Roasting Company Rating: 3+ and 2+

I picked up these two coffees in the back-of-the-store bean purchasing center of Cafe Calabria. The Calabria Espresso blend seemed a no-brainer.  I liked my shot in the cafe and wanted to see how it might fare [...]

coffee@home: Guatemala La Concepcion Buenavista

Beans: Guatemala La Concepcion Buenavista Roaster: Stumptown Coffee Roasters Rating: 3+

Occasionally I have a strong opinion about what coffee I want (or don’t want) when I’m buying beans. That was even more the case a few years back when the pickings were slimmer and I was frequently rotating amongst different coffees from one [...]

Stumptown in New York

Name: Stumptown Coffee Roasters – NYC Ace Location: 18 West 29th Street (29th and Broadway, next to and with interior access to the Ace Hotel), New York, NY Rating: 4-

Not too many newspapers do good coffee the justice it deserves, which is why I was so happy to see the New York [...]

Feeling the Coffee Tasting Love at Barefoot

It’s been almost a year since I attended the first session of Barefoot Coffee Roaster’s “Foundations of Taste” series at their flagship store in Santa Clara. It was an enjoyable enough experience for me on a Saturday, but because Barefoot is just far enough away to not hover too high on my radar. A [...]