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Sipity Do Dah

Name: Sip Cafe Location: Zero Post Office Square, Boston, MA Roasters: Terroir and Rotating Guest Roaster Rating: 4-

One place I’d suggest you go for coffee in Boston is Sip, a greenhouse-like structure, situated downtown, at the southern end of Post Office Square Park. If you’re like I was, you may be suspicious. […]

Crema Cafe (psst, the one in Cambridge)

Name: Crema Cafe Roaster: Terroir Coffee Location: 27 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA Rating: 3+

Try not to confuse Crema Cafe in Cambridge with Crema Bakery in Portland, Coffee and Crema in South Carolina, or Crema Coffee Bar in Oakland (the cafe that used to occupy Modern Coffee‘s current location). This Crema, situated on Harvard Square, is […]

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 […]

A Chip Off the Old Spruce Street

Name: Ultimo Coffee Bar Location: 1900 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA Roaster: Counter Culture Coffee Rating: 4-

One secret to any good culinary sleuthing is understanding an establishment’s staffing pedigree. If key staff of your selected establishment have worked for high-quality institutions, they ideally carry some of that prior establishment’s sensibility with them. This […]

The Roasterie

Name: The Roasterie Cafe Location: 6223 Brookside Blvd., Kansas City, MO Roaster: The Roasterie Rating: 3+

Kansas City is a bit of a coffee enigma. My first round of coffee research in anticipation of heading here turned up several potentially good spots. This initial scan surprised me. After all, the fact that Calvin […]

Espresso is Half the Battle

Name: Joe the Art of Coffee Location: 44 Grand Central Terminal, Graybar Passage, New York, NY Roasters: Ecco Caffe Rating: 3+/4- (depending on the time of day)

My previous post on Joe…er wait…that’s Joe the Art of Coffee said most of what I needed to say about what this micro-chain of cafes  represents […]

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 […]

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 […]