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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 [...]

coffee@home: Ritual Karimikui

Beans: Kenya Karimikui Roaster: Ritual Coffee Roasters Rating: 4-

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a cupping event for Home Barista members. As luck would have it, five of my seven top picks (out of 22 world class coffees) were not available in this country. Thankfully, at least one of these seven [...]

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 [...]

Barismo

Name: Barismo Location: 169 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA Roaster: Barismo Rating: 4-

No coffee tour of Boston would be complete without a stop by Barismo. Other than Terroir, which doesn’t have a coffee bar of its own, it’s hard to think of a local roaster that’s done as much for Boston area coffee [...]

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, [...]

coffee@home: Roasterie Kenya

Beans: Kenya Rung’eto AA Roaster: The Roasterie Rating: 3

I took this coffee home from The Roasterie cafe thinking that the brightness of a Kenya might work better than some of the other coffees I tried at the cafe. Brewed several ways, including French Press, Chemex and with both gold and paper filters in [...]

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 [...]