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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 [...]

Get Your Fixe

Name: Cafe Fixe Location: 1642 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA Roasters: Barrington Coffee Roasters and Guest Roaster Rating: 4-

Cafe Fixe deserves more than it’s about to get in this review given their commitment to well-prepared coffee and a decent array of brewing options, but there are times when my brain simply grows weary [...]

Sprucing up Philly Coffee

Name: Spruce Street Espresso Location: 1101 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA Roaster: Counter Culture Coffee Rating: 4-

By the time I finally made it back to Philadelphia in January, it had been nearly two years since I had tasted what this city had to offer in the way of coffee.  When I visited previously, [...]

Modern Coffee Looks to the Future

Name: Modern Coffee Location: 411 13th Street, Oakland, CA Roasters: Multiple roasters, including Ecco Caffe, Four Barrel, and Verve Rating: 4

This post is sorely overdue. I say this because I frequent Modern Coffee and have frequently recommended it to friends. I say this because the coffee is good. I say this because [...]

City Girl Cafe

Name: City Girl Cafe Location: 63 Thompson Street, New York, NY Roasters: Stumptown Coffee Roasters Rating: 3-

As the New York coffee turf battle continues, it seems not unsurprising that Ground Support, an Intelligentsia account, opened up just around the corner from City Girl Cafe, server of Stumptown coffee. I suppose the only [...]

Ninth Street Espresso

Name: Ninth Street Espresso Location: 700 East 9th Street, New York, NY Roasters: Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea Rating: 3

As any article on third wave coffee in the Big Apple will tell you,  Ninth Street Espresso occupies a special place in New York City’s coffee history. Ken Nye opened this cafe back in [...]

A New Standard…for a Corner Deli

Name: Brooklyn Standard Location: 188 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY Roaster: Stumptown Coffee Roasters Rating: 3-

Not far from Lucky Shot Espresso lies Brooklyn Standard, an ordinarily looking New York deli serving pleasantly updated deli fare. The atmosphere, setup and overall aesthetic to the shop resembles more or less what you might find at [...]

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, [...]