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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 [...]

Stumptown in New York

Name: Stumptown Coffee Roasters – NYC Ace Location: 18 West 29th Street (29th and Broadway, next to and with interior access to the Ace Hotel), New York, NY Rating: 4-

Not too many newspapers do good coffee the justice it deserves, which is why I was so happy to see the New York [...]

coffee@home: Intelligentsia Los Inmortales and El Machete

Beans: Los Inmortales El Salvador and El Machete, Panama Roaster: Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea Rating: 3+ and 4-

At the risk of sounding like a total Intelligentsia shill – having recently touted both Culture and Third Rail – I’ll go ahead and give my plug for these two fine coffee from Intelligentsia. Of course, [...]

coffee@home: Kean’s Kona

Beans: 100% Kona Roaster: Kean Coffee Rating: 4

Largely unschooled in better quality Kona coffees, I was intrigued to see one on the table at Kean’s new Tustin store, and even more interested to see it selling for $20/12oz bag, a veritable bargain for 100% Konas (at least those that are any good). [...]

Three Out of Four Barrels…

Name: Four Barrel Coffee Location: 375 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA Rating: 4-

My ongoing coverage of Four Barrel Coffee is starting to take on a life of its own. During my delusions of grandeur, I can’t help wonder if my first few reviews (1,2) aren’t the foundations for an epic saga such as [...]

coffee@home: Victrola Trio

Beans: See Below Roaster: Victrola Coffee Roasters (Seattle, WA) Rating: See Below

In these days of mail order coffee, it’s easy enough for a coffee hound such as myself to get top quality coffee delivered from specialty roasters around the country in a matter of days.  Still, like a good hand written letter [...]

coffee@home: A happy confluence of events

Beans: Panama Carmen Estate Roaster: Stumptown Coffee Roasters Rating: 4

It’s hard to know which happy event to begin this piece with so I’ll start instead with a caveat. I will return to my coverage of New Orleans, but felt compelled to interrupt that thread for this important bit of news combined with happy [...]

Coffee at Slow Food Nation, Part 3

Name: Slow Food Nation Taste Pavilion Location: Easternmost Pier, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

My first impression of the Taste Pavilion weren’t particularly glowing. It seems that “taking it slow” meant lots of standing in line. The entry line followed the northern boundary of the Fort before taking a sharp 90 degree turn [...]