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! :)

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...
Joseph Wesley Teas

Joseph Wesley Teas

I don’t drink a lot of tea, but I just got back from the New York Coffee & Tea Festival where I sipped my way around each booth at the 69th Regiment Armory building. The coffee presence was pretty lackluster, with Toby’s Estate and Path holding it down as the...
Budin Coffee - Greenpoint goes Nordic

Budin Coffee – Greenpoint goes Nordic

Last weekend I made the trek to Greenpoint to check out Budin, a new Nordic-themed cafe bringing several of Sweden and Norway’s finest roasters’ wares to these shores. There are two menus here – one labeled “Specialty Coffee” that has the likes of Tim Wendelboe, Koppi Coffee, and Drop Coffee. You pay Scandinavian...
Box Kite Coffee

Box Kite Coffee

Box Kite Coffee has finally opened up their permanent East Village location after a soft-launch pop-up at Maslow 6 wine bar in Tribeca earlier last year. The bar is run by Cora Lambert and Erik Becker of RBC NY fame, that renowned multi-roaster cafe that closed in 2012. They build on...
Crema - Denver, Colorado

Crema – Denver, Colorado

It seems like I keep hearing about how awesome Colorado is. People moving there. Others visiting and coming back with stories of craft beer flowing like water, delicious food, and gorgeous country. So when I recently had a business trip that took me to Denver, hyped was an understatement –...
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...
Intelligentsia Venice, Silver Lake, and Pasadena

Intelligentsia Venice, Silver Lake, and Pasadena

What follows is a little photographic ode to Intelli’s California outposts. I took these  around August, 2011, and also earlier this June, 2012. These remain some of the best coffees I’ve had and I always enjoy stopping by when I return home to Los Angeles. I wanted to highlight how...
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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Orphan Espresso Hand Grinders - on NPR

Orphan Espresso Hand Grinders – on NPR

NPR has a nice profile on a company many of you may have heard of – Orphan Espresso, an online shop that manufactures a range of beefy hand-made hand-grinders, and also sells parts and equipment. In the tiny town of Troy, Idaho, Barb and Doug Garrott have spent the past three years perfecting a machine...
Inside the Service Economy - Brooklyn's Barista Class

Inside the Service Economy – Brooklyn’s Barista Class

A long, personal, winding tale of one barista’s experiences and ruminations. Take a look at what life is like on the other side of the bar, and how it feels to be part of the socio-economic evolution of New York’s gentrifying neighborhoods and the service industry that symbiotically subsists on it and helps the process...
UC Davis Food & Health Center adds coffee

UC Davis Food & Health Center adds coffee

This is interesting, and potentially good news for the long term development & growing sustainability of the specialty coffee industry: UC Davis has added a Coffee Center to its Food & Health Institute and will host a conference, and eventually a major in Coffee Science. The March 11 conference will cover topics such as the...
New York Coffee Photo Essay with Kalle Freese

New York Coffee Photo Essay with Kalle Freese

A while back right before the ’13 World Barista Championship, Finland’s national champion, Kalle Freese, visited New York. Naturally, we had to do a coffee crawl to see what the city has to offer. We couldn’t do everything in the short time available, but fresh from Scandinavia, the photos below document the adventure that was...
Eva Solo Vacuum Coffee Carafe

Eva Solo Vacuum Coffee Carafe

I’ve been looking for a nice glass-lined thermal carafe for a while now to use at work, so that I can make a batch of coffee in the morning and not have to take time to brew another one later in the day. Or, you know, to consider actually brewing enough to share. I wanted...
2014 Reader Survey

2014 Reader Survey

Hey! For the new year I’m exploring ideas for the blog and part of that entails getting a better sense of who you are, dear reader. Some of you already keep in touch with me on Twitter or Facebook, but for everyone else, here’s a quick way to introduce yourself so that I know what...
Find of the Day: Vintage Kenji Fujita Coffee Carafe

Find of the Day: Vintage Kenji Fujita Coffee Carafe

Browsing for interesting coffee makers, I came across this beautiful mid-century modern carafe that looks like it could easily fit modern Kalita wave, V60, or Chemex filters. The ceramic pot with wicker handle was designed in the 1950s by Kenji Fujita for Freeman Lederman, an American ceramic manufacturer. The $385 price is steep, but if...
Check out Stumptown Coffee's source videos

Check out Stumptown Coffee’s source videos

I just came across these awesome videos put out by Stumptown Coffee & produced by filmmaker Trevor Fife, showcasing the various locations where they source coffee and the people that live and work in and around the farms. Check them out below and get a brief, beautiful glimpse into where your high-end coffees are coming...
Four Midtown Manhattan Cafes You Should Be Visiting

Four Midtown Manhattan Cafes You Should Be Visiting

I recently met up with Steve Rhinehart (the guy behind the Counter Talk blog) to explore a few cafes that have popped up this year in Midtown Manhattan, an area that used to be a coffee dead-zone. There’s still a lot of room for improvement as these cafes become more established, but things are looking...
Toby's Estate's new Flat Iron cafe, with Strand Books at Club Monaco

Toby’s Estate’s new Flat Iron cafe, with Strand Books at Club Monaco

Toby’s Estate has opened its first location in Manhattan in an interesting partnership, together with beloved indie book store, Strand Books, all inside a giant Club Monaco clothing store off 5th avenue that’s lit up brighter than an Apple store. I checked out the cafe on their second day after opening, and was lucky enough...
ROK Espresso Maker Hands-on Review

ROK Espresso Maker Hands-on Review

The ROK Espresso maker is probably better known by its previous name, the Presso. However, this isn’t just a simple re-branding; the new name also reflects a number of improvements and add-ons: The metal alloy has “35% higher tensile strength” (apparently some of the older ones were snapping) The arm links have been beefed up with...
Cold Bruer

Cold Bruer

Cold Bruer is a new Kickstarter coffee project worth checking out. The transparent design and bold color really pops; I love the look of this brewer! I don’t drink cold brew coffee that often (I’m usually more happy drinking great coffees hot, where more nuanced flavor is extracted), but this is making me reconsider that...