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Beyond Calvin Trillin’s Kansas City

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My relationship with Kansas City cuisine, like so many people not from Kansas City, is tremendously indebted to Calvin Trillin’s Tummy Trilogy.  But while that bound edition’s three component parts are tremendously funny, heart-warming and generally brilliant pieces of literature, not to mention a [...]

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 [...]

Movin’ On Up

UPDATE (10/19/10): Luna Espresso is now closed.

Name: Luna Espresso Location: 1593 1st Avenue, New York, NY Roasters: Caffe Pronto Rating: 3+

My most recent trip to New York, a few months ago now, was a short one, and didn’t leave a lot of time for coffee exploration. Despite being left red-eyed from [...]

Chinatown Coffee and Tea

Name: Chinatown Coffee and Tea Location: 475 H Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. Roasters: Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea and rotating guest coffees Rating: 4-

Good coffee in the Washington D.C. area used to be synonymous with the name Murky Coffee. Sadly, I never did make it to Murky before the IRS closed the Capital [...]

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 [...]

Diesel and 1369

Name: Diesel Cafe Location: 257 Elm Street, Somerville, MA Roaster: Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea Rating: 3-

Name: 1369 Coffee House Location: 757 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA Roaster: Barrington Coffee Roasters (espresso) and Kahve Koffee (filter) Rating: 3-

Diesel and 1369 represent a certain slice of Boston’s coffee scene. As one Boston coffee person put [...]

Man Seeking Competition

Most weekends over the past few months have found me glued to the computer screen, turning my wife into a sports widow. I’m not talking about March Madness either. I’ve been watching the US Regional Barista Competitions, which the brilliant organizers (unlike the organizers of the Oscars) have figured out how to live stream [...]

Sprucing up Philly Coffee

Name: Spruce Street Espresso Location: 1101 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA Roaster: Counter Culture Coffee Rating: 4-

By the time I finally made it back to Philadelphia in January, it had been nearly two years since I had tasted what this city had to offer in the way of coffee.  When I visited previously, [...]