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! :)

Where does coffee come from? A Colombian case study (Part 2)

Where does coffee come from? A Colombian case study (Part 2)

If you missed Part 1 of my recent trip with Cafe de Colombia, check it out at “Where does coffee come from?.” We left off where farmer Alirio Rios and his pickers had harvested the coffee cherries. The next step is to remove the seeds at the beneficiadero, or processing station...
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....
notNeutral GINO & LINO review

notNeutral GINO & LINO review

  If you spend much time percolating around specialty cafes, you’ve probably noticed the drinkware of choice slowly starting to synchronize around sleek, organic looking ceramic cups that are simultaneously hefty and surprisingly comfortable in hand. That’s because these mugs, part of a set called Lino, were designed over several years...
Coffee Lover's Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Coffee Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Happy holidays! I’ve put together a few items to help point friends & family toward desirable gifts for fellow coffee geeks, and to help guide you folks arriving here via Google find something that will delight the coffee lover in your life. Brewing Basics Under $100 Aerobie Aeropress $26 - perhaps the...
Review: Screaming Beans, Amsterdam

Review: Screaming Beans, Amsterdam

Hope you enjoy the final of three guest posts & photos by Alden Gewirtz below, highlighting his experience at Screaming Beans in Amsterdam! To the uneducated American traveler, Amsterdam might not seem like a destination for quality coffee (cannabis-selling “coffee shops” of Amsterdam not withstanding), but Googling a bit about The Netherlands’...
Blacktop Coffee, Los Angeles

Blacktop Coffee, Los Angeles

There’s a relatively fresh addition to Los Angeles’ rapidly blooming downtown coffee repertoire, located on a block that aptly showcases the new downtown LA. The new shop is called Blacktop Coffee, but its owner’s name isn’t new to anyone following specialty coffee – Tyler J. Wells was one of the...
A Look Back: Los Angeles Coffee Culture (Part 3)

A Look Back: Los Angeles Coffee Culture (Part 3)

Continuing from Part 1 and Part 2 of my look back at LA’s growing Coffee Culture, it’s time to look at what has changed over time: Handsome Coffee Roasters: recently acquired by Blue Bottle and in the midst of being assimilated, so it remains to be seen what happens here!...
A Look Back: Los Angeles Coffee Culture (Part 2)

A Look Back: Los Angeles Coffee Culture (Part 2)

Here’s the second in a series of posts looking back at LA’s growing coffee culture (see Part 1 here). Below you’ll witness the proliferation of both multi-roaster shops, like Cognoscenti Coffee and Commissary Coffee), as well as home-grown roastery-cafes like Portola and Cafecito Organico.   Proof Bakery / Cognoscenti Coffee,...
A Look Back: Los Angeles Coffee Culture (Part 1)

A Look Back: Los Angeles Coffee Culture (Part 1)

It was around 2006 when I discovered the world of coffee that existed beyond diner breakfasts, Starbucks’ caramel macchiatos, and indie cafes that put more effort into their poetry nights than their coffee prep. It all started with a blog post I’d read about the Aeropress. That review led to...
Intelligentsia Logan Square

Intelligentsia Logan Square

Chicago’s Logan Square is now home to one of Intelligentsia’s newest cafes. A low bar with stools sits in the middle of the shop, with sparse white, angular booths at the windows. The back wall is covered with a birds-eye drawing of the neighborhood. The shelves are stocked with magazines....
Sweetleaf Coffee & Tea, New York

Sweetleaf Coffee & Tea, New York

Sweetleaf Coffee & Tea opened in 2008 at their original Long Island City location and have held the mantle as the best cafe in Queens ever since. They’re among my favorite cafes in the city, blending indie character and eccentricity with an uncompromising attention to detail in the pursuit of...
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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World Barista Championship 2015 Live Stream

World Barista Championship 2015 Live Stream

If you’re not immersed in the specialty coffee world, you might have missed that this is one of the biggest weekends in coffee – the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s humbly named annual “Event,” which also hosts the 2015 World Barista Championship. Now, these coffee competitions haven’t always been fun to watch. In fact, up...
Intelligentsia, Herald Square, NY

Intelligentsia, Herald Square, NY

During the holidays I made a pit-stop to catch up with a friend at the new Herald Square Intelligentsia. This is Intelli’s latest foray into New York’s coffee scene, following their earlier debut with a coffee bar in the Highline Hotel’s lobby. Apparently continuing on this cautious route, their Herald Square location is also a...
A Hazmat Suit for your Coffee Lid: The Clean Coffee Sabar

A Hazmat Suit for your Coffee Lid: The Clean Coffee Sabar

A solution in search of a problem? Some might think so, but inventor Bill Levey points to grubby customer & barista fingers – and an Arizona State University study showing that 17% of lids may be contaminated with fecal bacteria – to make a case for design innovation. Of course, this doesn’t solve the problem...
Starbucks for Spooks

Starbucks for Spooks

I enjoyed this peek inside the CIA’s coffee culture. Not surprising, but a glimpse inside a hidden and curious world. I wonder if there’s a classified counter-culture of coffee geeks with Aeropresses and grinders in there? “Coffee culture is just huge in the military, and many in the CIA come from that culture ,” said...
Review: Ten Belles Cafe, Paris

Review: Ten Belles Cafe, Paris

Hope you enjoy the second of three guest posts & photos by Alden Gewirtz below, highlighting another must-visit Parisian cafe! Nestled in the hip, boutique-filled neighborhood around the Canal Saint-Martin, Ten Belles (10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010 Paris, France) makes you feel as if you’ve stepped off the rue and into a coffee house...
Review: Coutume Cafe, Paris

Review: Coutume Cafe, Paris

While I’m out visiting Los Angeles, we have a series of guest dispatches from Paris! Please enjoy the first of three posts & photos by Alden Gewirtz below.     In the past few years, as the coffee revolution in the States and Australia started brewing in the post-Starbucks era, it became cliché for Americans to...
New Books about Coffee Roasting & Production

New Books about Coffee Roasting & Production

Two coffee books worth checking out – one recently released by Scott Rao, called ‘The Coffee Roaster’s Companion,’ and another coming soon by James Hoffmann, called ‘The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing — Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed.’   The Coffee Roaster’s Companion A co-owner of Montreal’s Cafe Myriade, Scott Rao has published...
Find of the Day: Bonavita Variable Temperature Kettle

Find of the Day: Bonavita Variable Temperature Kettle

  The Bonavita 1-Liter Variable Temperature Electric Kettle (that’s a mouthful) is on sale for $59.99 – a big savings over its usual $99 price. It might look like something out of a Sharper Image catalog, but it’s been designed for coffee connoisseurs. It allows you to set and hold your ideal temperature and pour from...
KeepCup Brew - Glass Coffee Tumbler Review

KeepCup Brew – Glass Coffee Tumbler Review

KeepCup was nice enough to send over a sample of their new glass tumbler to review recently (dubbed KeepCup Brew) and I’ve been giving it a spin at work and around the home. The older KeepCup model was made with plastic, and some complain that plastic retains odors and off flavors, making glass a significant...
Handsome Coffee signs off in switch to Blue Bottle

Handsome Coffee signs off in switch to Blue Bottle

Handsome Coffee, which you may have heard was recently bought by Blue Bottle Coffee, has officially signed off on Tumblr. It’s nice to hear directly from the team, and it’s also a peak inside the past with an eye toward the future. I copied the bit below because it’s nice to know that Blue Bottle...
Italian astronaut to bring espresso machine into orbit

Italian astronaut to bring espresso machine into orbit

Naturally. It’s an interesting little article, actually (check out the machine diagram). Brewing science is complicated and finnicky enough on Earth, let alone in the microgravity environment on the International Space Station. Check out the article over on NPR’s blog. Snippet below: Of course, drinking coffee up in space still won’t be the same as...
Instant Coffee Past and Present

Instant Coffee Past and Present

Smithsonian magazine started a recent article with the question, “is there a future for instant coffee?” For most of us reading this site, the answer is probably no (right?!) but this is an interesting point of departure for a tour of the current instant coffee market and its history. They point out that the instant...