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coffee@home: Novo’s Washed Amaro

Beans: Ethiopia Amaro Gayo Washed Roaster: Novo Coffee Rating: 4-

The second coffee I ordered from Go Coffee Go was this Washed Ethiopia Amaro Gayo from Novo Coffee in Denver, whose Arvada and Denver Art Museum cafes (not to be confused with the kiosks inside the DAM) I last visited over two years ago. [...]

Venice: A Coffee Bar? Not a Coffee Bar?

Name: Venice Coffee Bar Location: 1331 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA Roaster: Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea Rating: 4

I first experienced Intelligentsia’s Venice Coffee Bar back in May 2009. That visit – the grand opening party – was monumental in that it was the first glimpse that most folks were getting of this much [...]

coffee@home: Guatemala La Concepcion Buenavista

Beans: Guatemala La Concepcion Buenavista Roaster: Stumptown Coffee Roasters Rating: 3+

Occasionally I have a strong opinion about what coffee I want (or don’t want) when I’m buying beans. That was even more the case a few years back when the pickings were slimmer and I was frequently rotating amongst different coffees from one [...]

Zombie Runner

Name: Cafe Zombie Location: inside ZombieRunner, 429 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA Rating: 4

I recently drove the family down to Palo Alto to visit some family friends. Of course, the trip had to include a stop-off for yogurt from Fraiche, but as happy I as I am with their Blue Bottle coffee [...]

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: (Barismo) Kenya Kiandu

Bean: Kiandu Lot 8696, Mutheka Co-op, Nyeri, Kenya Roaster: Barismo Rating: 4-

I thought two bags of coffee from Barismo would be about as much as I could consume in the short period of time before some other coffee arrived at my door and so I narrowed my choice to the Linnaean Street Espresso [...]

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: Yin and Yang

Beans: Kenya Muburi Kirinyaga and Guatemala Finca Semillero Roaster: Ritual Roasters & Stumptown (via Four Barrel Coffee) Rating: 4 & 4-

This post isn’t a Ritual vs. Stumptown taste test even though it does compare one coffee from each of these two roasters. What I’m hoping to illustrate with this comparison are the [...]