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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 [...]

City Girl Cafe

Name: City Girl Cafe Location: 63 Thompson Street, New York, NY Roasters: Stumptown Coffee Roasters Rating: 3-

As the New York coffee turf battle continues, it seems not unsurprising that Ground Support, an Intelligentsia account, opened up just around the corner from City Girl Cafe, server of Stumptown coffee. I suppose the only [...]

Ground Support and Major Zell

Name: Ground Support Location: 399 West Broadway, New York, NY Roasters: Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea Rating: 3+

What works for a New York cafe when it comes to operating as a successful business is something of a mystery to me. There are countless coffee closets popping up precisely because the rent is so [...]

Ninth Street Espresso

Name: Ninth Street Espresso Location: 700 East 9th Street, New York, NY Roasters: Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea Rating: 3

As any article on third wave coffee in the Big Apple will tell you,  Ninth Street Espresso occupies a special place in New York City’s coffee history. Ken Nye opened this cafe back in [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Man Seeking Coffee 2.0

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 [...]

Specialty’s Specializing in…Coffee?

I remember when Specialty’s Cafe and Bakery used to be something pretty amazing in downtown San Francisco. As Specialty’s has expanded and as sandwich shops (such as The Sentinel) have seriously upped the ante, Specialty’s has dropped a few notches on my list. Still, as sandwich shops go, and for the money, the food [...]