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Coffee to Make Pat Benatar Weep

Name: Lucky Shot Espresso Location: 145 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY Roasters: Stumptown Coffee Roasters Rating: 4-

Over the holidays, I headed back to New York to explore cafes, see Kandinsky at the Guggenheim, meet up with Oliver Strand of the New York Times, test out the true temperature rating of my down jacket, […]

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 […]

The Subrosa is out of the Bag

Name: Subrosa Coffee Location: 419 40th Street (at Webster), Oakland, CA Roaster: Four Barrel Coffee Rating: 4-

Subrosa literally means under the rose. However, the term also denotes secrecy, as the the owners of Subrosa Coffee have indicated in a footnote on their web page and by their understated presence on this strip […]

Off to the Races

Name: Camino Location: 3917 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA Roasters: Four Barrel Coffee and Blue Bottle Coffee Company Rating: 4-

It’s a common refrain amongst those who obsess over good coffee that well-respected restaurants rarely get the stuff right. At least with espresso, you can understand why the results are often poor. Producing good […]

The 411 on 504

Name: Cafe 504 Location: 504 Wesley Avenue, Oakland, CA Roaster: Blue Bottle Coffee Company and Ritual Coffee Roasters Rating: 3+

It’s easy to miss Cafe 504. It’s located one block east of Oakland’s Lake Merritt on quiet little Wesley Avenue in a kind of quasi-business district consisting of not much more than a laundromat […]

From Farm:Table to Irving Farm

Name: Irving Farm Coffee Company Location: 56 7th Avenue, New York, NY (2 other locations at 71 Irving Place and in Millerton, NY) Rating: 3-

I had elaborate coffee touring plans laid out for my recent trip to New York which included visits to many of the new cafes opening like wildfire […]

This Here Ain’t from Bob Evans’ Farm

Name: farm:table Location: 754 Post Street (between Jones and Leavenworth), San Francisco, CA Rating: 4-

After my best friend and I hit up the Blue Bottle Ferry Plaza kiosk and before we sated his out-of-town burrito hunger at La Tacqueria (against the recommendations of otherwise admirable Burrito Eater), took a detour by the recently opened […]

Kean for Coffee in Tustin

Name: Tustin Coffee House Location: 16381 Newport Avenue, Suite 14, Tustin, CA 92780 Roaster: Kéan Coffee Rating: 4

I visited Kean Coffee’s original Newport Beach location over a year ago. While I liked what they had to offer and was even astounded by their coffee in the store, I had some lingering doubts about their espresso […]