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 […]

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 […]

Zombie Runner

Name: Cafe Zombie Location: inside ZombieRunner, 429 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA Rating: 4

I recently drove the family down to Palo Alto to visit some family friends. Of course, the trip had to include a stop-off for yogurt from Fraiche, but as happy I as I am with their Blue Bottle coffee […]

A Million Things to Say About LAMILL

Name: LAMILL Location: 1636 Silverlake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA Rating: 3+

LAMILL is not your ordinary cafe. It’s a full service restaurant that happens to focus intensely on and roast its own coffee. I’d loosely classify it as a cousin of Blue Bottle’s Cafe or perhaps the new Intelligentsia Venice when you consider range […]

The Intelligentsia Opening That Almost Wasn’t

Intelli-Venice Ain’t Got the Power

In case you’ve missed the buzz (1,2), last Friday was the Grand Opening Party for Intelligentsia‘s newest cafe on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. The irony, of course, is that the cafe is not yet open. Doug Zell, himself, recently posted about how Intelligentsia is still waiting for […]

Domo Arigato Mr. Espresso

Roaster: Mr. Espresso Address: 696 Third Street, Oakland, CA Rating: 4-

My visit to Mr. Espresso was probably the most convoluted bit of planning I’ve engaged in for some time. After my full review of Coffee Bar (as opposed to my preliminary one), Luigi Di Ruocco invited me to visit Mr. Espresso’s roasting facility. […]

coffee@home: Colombia Micay

Beans: Finca Santuario Colombia: Micay Roaster: Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea Rating: 4-

I picked this coffee up at the The Grove in Albuquerque, waffling between it and the Agua Preta from Brazil. I ultimately picked the Colombian (and, yes, Colombia is spelled correctly as I learned) coffee largely because I was intrigued by the descriptor “licorice root.” […]

The Ostess with the Mostess

Name: Ost Cafe Location: 441 East 12th Street, New York, NY Rating: 3

Ost Cafe opened just three weeks prior to my visit. It’s new arrival made it an ideal stop to gauge the changing New York Coffee scene, even if it also meant that Ost was still warming up in the dugout…or whatever […]