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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 […]

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 […]

Dying to Get to Sightglass

Name: Sightglass Coffee Location: 270 7th Street (at Folsom), San Francisco, CA Roaster: Verve Coffee Roasters (for now) Rating: 4

The literature tells us that there are five states to coping with the existence of “speakeasy cafes.” I’m speaking about those underground coffee carts that operate in seeming guerrilla fashion, either as a temporary coffee […]

coffee@home: Streetlevel Espresso

Beans: Streetlevel Espresso Roaster: Verve Coffee Roasters Rating: 4

I sang my praises of this espresso blend when describing my trip to Verve, where it’s pulled as the house espresso. Interestingly, Verve’s bay area wholesale accounts have tended to favor other other blends, like the Sermon, which are likely a bit more forgiving and […]

The Verve is the Word

Name: Verve Coffee Roasters Location: 816 41st Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA Rating: 4-

Staying in a house with 12 adults and 9 children under the age of 3 was a total blast albeit a little chaotic. Still, it didn’t take a lot of coaxing for me to volunteer to run an errand when […]

Man Seeking Coffee 2.0

Trick or…Coffee?

Halloween activities most typically involve costumes, collecting candy or cavorting in the Castro (or the location du jour), but I, unintentionally, managed to associate Halloween with the anniversary of this blog. That’s right. I started writing Man Seeking Coffee two years ago on October 31, 2007. So I’ll start this post by […]

coffee@home: Decaf and Dale

Beans: Ethiopia Sidamo Dale and Vancouver Decaf Roaster: Verve Coffee Roasters Rating: 4- and 3

The best analogy I’ve been able to think of for dry processed coffees so far is game meat. While I often like it, if not of the right quality or not well-prepared, the gaminess can overwhelm. And even […]

This Here Ain’t from Bob Evans’ Farm

Name: farm:table Location: 754 Post Street (between Jones and Leavenworth), San Francisco, CA Rating: 4-

After my best friend and I hit up the Blue Bottle Ferry Plaza kiosk and before we sated his out-of-town burrito hunger at La Tacqueria (against the recommendations of otherwise admirable Burrito Eater), took a detour by the recently opened […]