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Reputable Roasters in Out of the Way Places

Name: Take Five Coffee Bar Location: 5336 West 151st Street, Leawood, KS Roasters: Zoka Coffee Roaster and Tea Company Rating: 3

Take Five Coffee Bar seems to fit into a familiar mold when thinking about Kansas City coffee. Like Black Dog Coffeehouse, it’s a decent café, but far away from Kansas City proper. […]

Finding PTs in KC

Name: Black Dog Coffeehouse Location: 12815 West 87th St. Parkway, Lenexa, KS Roasters: PT’s Coffee Roasting Company Rating: 3

Despite several recent trips to Kansas City, I have yet to manage a pilgrimage to Topeka to visit the highly reputable P.T.’s Coffee Roasting facilities and café. The trip to Topeka from Kansas City […]

The Intelligentsia Opening That Almost Wasn’t

Intelli-Venice Ain’t Got the Power

In case you’ve missed the buzz (1,2), last Friday was the Grand Opening Party for Intelligentsia‘s newest cafe on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. The irony, of course, is that the cafe is not yet open. Doug Zell, himself, recently posted about how Intelligentsia is still waiting for […]

Kaffe 1668

Name: Kaffe 1668 Location: 275 Greenwich Street, New York, New York Roasters: Intelligentsia, Ecco Caffe, Plowshares Rating: 4

Due to their use of Intelligentsia and owning a Clover, Kaffe 1668 was one of the spots I was most excited about visiting during my (increasingly less) recent New York coffee tour. It didn’t disappoint either, […]

Travel to the Epicenter

Name: Epicenter Cafe Location: 764 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA (b/w 3rd and 4th) Roaster: Barefoot Coffee Roasters Rating: 4

In this post, I’d like to announce the discovery of a new species of cafe, whose growth appears to be on the rise, and includes such examples as Dynamo Donuts, Chocolate Fish, and Awaken. […]

Drinking the Forbidden Fruit

Name: Ritual Kiosk Location: Inside Flora Grubb Gardens at 1634 Jerrold Ave., San Francisco, CA (Bayview) Roaster: Ritual Coffee Roasters Rating: 4

Yes. I confess. I have written about Ritual before and probably am at risk of of over-referencing it in my articles, but don’t worry, this isn’t a repeat episode. It’s also not […]

Follow the Intelligentsia Road

Name: Intelligentsia Silver Lake Coffeebar Location: 3922 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA Roaster: Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea Rating: 4

Having been up a considerable portion of the night because my daughter didn’t sleep well was probably the best excuse I could think of for dragging her, my wife, mother and father 45 minutes […]

coffee@home: Kean’s Beans

Beans: Sumatra Blue Batak, Rwanda Karaba, and Decaf Peru Cafe: Kean Coffee Rating: 3

My consultation with Ted, the roaster, at Kean led me to the Rawanda Karaba and the Blue Batak (I had been interested in the Blue Batak having read about it elsewhere). I also got the Peruvian Decaf which I […]