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 […]

Go Coffee Go

Many of you may have already heard of Go Coffee Go. For those of you who haven’t, it’s a shopping site that allows you to purchase coffees from multiple roasters in one place. What initially attracted me to the site was that fact that so many good roasters were selling coffee there, but I […]

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). […]

coffee@home: Flying Goat and the Gesha

Beans: Panama La Esmeralda Gesha Roaster: Flying Goat Coffee Rating: 4

For those of you not yet familiar with La Esmeralda Gesha/Geisha coffee, you probably have some catch-up reading to do. I’d highly recommend Michaele Weissman’s God in a Cup, which is a great read about the specialty coffee industry – third-wavers in particular – but also […]

The Scoop: Is it the Economy That Makes Us Stupid?

Do We Have Something to Fear?

While Starbucks closing 600 stores is certainly big news, it’s not entirely unexpected. The coffee chain has turned practically cannibalistic in its attempts to gobble up all remaining coffee demand as Stephen Colbert so eloquently illustrates. Plus, given recent competition from budget-minded competitors, McDonalds and Dunkin’ Donuts, it’s no […]

Woodberry Kitchen

Name: Woodberry Kitchen Location: 2010 Clipper Park Road, No. 126, Baltimore, MD Roaster: Counter Culture Coffee Rating: 3+

Before heading off to Baltimore, I had found what looked like a recent addition to the their budding coffee scene. Artifact Coffee, as it was known, looked like a beautiful, modern space and their folks clearly knew […]

Novo Coffee

Name: Novo Arvada Coffee Bar and Denver Art Museum Cafe Location: 7745 Wadsworth Blvd # B, Arvada, CO and 1200 Acoma Unit A #101, Denver, CO (inside Mad Greens) Roaster: Novo Coffee Rating: 4

Novo Coffee was the other coffee destination on my latest trip to Denver. In full disclosure, it’s not my first […]