Good coffee is hard to find. I'm on a mission to make it easier. I started in Korea, moved to Sweden, and now I'm in New York, hunting for the best, and sharing the journey with you here. Send me a tip, feel free to share your own experiences or questions in the comments, and above all, drink better coffee! :)

Go Get Em Tiger, Los Angeles

Go Get Em Tiger, Los Angeles

  Go Get Em Tiger (GGET) represents the vision of cafe culture championed by Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski, both Intelligentsia alums and US Barista Champs. Whether it’s pre-grinding for espresso, creating their own tongue-in-cheek-but-amazing house-made takes on pumpkin spice and gingerbread lattes, or ditching pour-overs in favor of batch...
Bar Nine, Los Angeles

Bar Nine, Los Angeles

Bar Nine is a Culver City-based cafe and roaster that recently celebrated its second anniversary. Despite its relative youth, the company is making a name for itself by experimenting with long-established cafe norms. Bar Nine isn’t alone here: I’ve noticed a wider move among more progressive coffee bars, especially in California,...
Amor Perfecto Cafe, Colombia

Amor Perfecto Cafe, Colombia

  Founded in 1997, Amor Perfecto is one of Colombia’s pioneering specialty coffee roasters. From their base in Bogotá, their reach is beginning to expand outside of the country as well (their coffee is now available through Amazon – though I’d try to find a fresher source myself). I lucked out...
Catación Pública - must-visit cafe in Bogotá

Catación Pública – must-visit cafe in Bogotá

Up on a hill in Usaquén, in the northern part of Bogotá, I had the pleasure of meeting Jaime Duque, owner of Catación Pública - and a man on a mission. You see, for many in Colombia, like most countries where coffee production is a major sector of the economy, the best coffee...
Inside Cenicafé, Colombia's national coffee research center

Inside Cenicafé, Colombia’s national coffee research center

Earlier this year I visited Colombia to see how coffee is grown, harvested, and processed. One of the most exciting, geeky parts of that trip was our visit to Cenicafé, Colombia’s 77 year old national coffee research center. Cenicafé is one of the world’s leading centers for scientific coffee research,...
Where does coffee come from? A Colombian Case Study

Where does coffee come from? A Colombian Case Study

A lot of terms are thrown around to describe where coffee comes from. This is especially true in our world of ‘single origin’ coffees, where we’re more interested in epicurean discovery than a quick jolt of caffeine or a ‘bold,’ ‘balanced’ base for a cup full of milk and sugar....
Best Cafes in Seoul, Korea: 2012 Updates

Best Cafes in Seoul, Korea: 2012 Updates

Below you’ll find a list of the best quality focused cafes that have opened in Seoul since 2010. For great cafes opened before 2010, check out my other reviews of Korean cafes. I moved from Korea to Sweden back in the summer of 2010, and that unfortunately marked the end...
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New York Coffee Festival 2016

New York Coffee Festival 2016

Heads up if you’re in New York, the NY Coffee Festival is in town again with public sessions open from Sep. 17-18 at the 69th Regiment Armory. A number of quality focused cafes, roasters, and related companies have booths (Toby’s Estate, Counter Culture, Devocion, Chemex, La Marzocco, Curtis, Alpha Dominche, Joe Coffee, etc.) and there are...
Huckleberry Roasters - Denver, CO

Huckleberry Roasters – Denver, CO

  Huckleberry Roasters is one of several local roasters making a name for Denver’s growing coffee scene. Starting out of a garage in 2011, they now have a retail cafe and roasting space, along with a new brand called Port Side in the RiNo arts district serving their coffee with breakfast sandwiches, avocado toast, and light...
Verve Coffee - Downtown Los Angeles

Verve Coffee – Downtown Los Angeles

Verve is a well regarded roastery and cafe out of Santa Cruz, CA. In the past couple years they’ve expanded with a handful of shops in Los Angeles and even an outpost in Tokyo. Their first Los Angeles location debuted at the Ace Hotel in Downtown, and it’s a really striking space. Mirrors give the...
Rafino Coffee Sieve

Rafino Coffee Sieve

Everyone loves to try out a new coffee brewer, but in all honesty the grinder is perhaps your most important piece of brewing equipment. When you grind coffee, even the best grinders produce a range of different particle sizes. The less size variation you have, the more evenly you’ll extract flavor from your coffee and...
Peregrine Espresso, Washington D.C.

Peregrine Espresso, Washington D.C.

You always hear about holiday travel being a disaster, but, at least until this winter, I’d always been lucky. However, after delays, American Airlines canceling one of my tickets in error right before final boarding, and other travel chaos, I found myself spending Christmas eve in Washington, D.C. So, naturally, I found the closest cafe...
Coffee Lover's Gift Guide 2015

Coffee Lover’s Gift Guide 2015

  It’s that time of year again, if you’re looking for last-minute gift ideas for yourself, or the coffee lovers in your life, I’ve put together a few picks below. And of course, you can always go for a bag of fresh coffee from your favorite local coffee roaster!     New Grinder for 2015...
Coffee Gear Review: KitchenAid Precision 'French' Press

Coffee Gear Review: KitchenAid Precision ‘French’ Press

What we in the US call the “French” press is one of the more mainstream gateways to a heightened appreciation for coffee. If you had asked someone whether they were into coffee prior to the renaissance (or fad, depending) in theatrical methods like siphons and pour-overs, they would have likely responded in the affirmative by...
Coffee Variety Family Tree - from Cafe Imports

Coffee Variety Family Tree – from Cafe Imports

If you ever wanted to see how all the different coffee varieties are related, this coffee variety family tree by Cafe Imports is pretty great. Most specialty coffee roasters include information about the coffee variety on their labels, but it can be difficult to keep track or make sense of – next time, take a...
Cultural Context and Coffee Tasting Notes

Cultural Context and Coffee Tasting Notes

If you’re not already reading it, you should check out Peter Giuliano’s blog “Pax Coffea” on Tumblr. The former director of coffee for Counter Culture and current head of the SCAA’s Symposium has a unique angle on coffee, and a wealth of knowledge to share. In a recent post he gets to the bottom of...
Menotti's Coffee Stop - Venice, CA

Menotti’s Coffee Stop – Venice, CA

Last time I was in Los Angeles, I kept getting recommendations to visit a little shop called Menotti’s right next to the Venice Beach boardwalk – and I’m glad I did. Coffee service is lead by Nicely Abel Alameda, one of LA’s more affable, well-known baristas who’s developed something of a following as he’s moved...
Coffee Gear: Stagg Pouring Kettle

Coffee Gear: Stagg Pouring Kettle

Fellow Products has a nice looking pouring kettle named Stagg available for pre-order. Counter-weighted handle to shift the center of gravity, no-nonsense matte black finish, integrated temperature gauge. Sign me up. $50 pre-order until October, then it starts rising. Get one now and hold on to it for the holidays, you’ll be set for the...
Angels' Cup - what's inside the Black Box?

Angels’ Cup – what’s inside the Black Box?

Angels’ Cup’s Black Box ($20/mo – use code yemen25 for 25% off this weekend) is a coffee subscription with several twists. Each box contains four 78g (2.75oz) bags labeled only by a number. You pick one and enter the number into the Angels’ Cup app, which then guides you through a tasting & scoring process for roast level, aroma, acidity,...