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! :)

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...
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...
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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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...
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...
Roastwatch - A coffee roast logging app for iOS

Roastwatch – A coffee roast logging app for iOS

Check this out – fellow coffee blogger Darren Jennings over at The Coffee Compass has taken up coding and developed an app for home roasters. While many professional-grade coffee roasters come with the ability to use logging software coupled with temperature probes to help manage and re-create roasts batch to batch, home roasters are often...
Mid-Century Modern Coffee Grinder by Robert Welch

Mid-Century Modern Coffee Grinder by Robert Welch

  Is this the most beautiful hand grinder ever made? I came across this hand mill while doing my usual browse around eBay for good deals on unique coffee gear (keep an eye out for similar things tagged here as “find of the day“). It’s from the 1960′s, created for Victor Cast Ware by British...
Find of the Day: Braun KF20 Aromaster

Find of the Day: Braun KF20 Aromaster

I’ve posted about the beautiful, retro-futuristic, mid-century modern design of the Braun KF20 before, but now you can pick one up yourself! The piece below is going for $275 USD on Etsy, equipped with a European-style 220V plug. That price is about on par with what I’ve seen at design-centered galleries, though you may get...
FastCo profiles the inventor of the Aeropress

FastCo profiles the inventor of the Aeropress

Fast Company has a nice interview with Aerobie AeroPress inventor, Alan Adler, covering his background briefly as well as some of the back story behind the development of the Aeropress. This is the coffee maker that spawned a legion of coffee geeks. Paired with a hand mill (like the $27 Hario Slim), it’s the cheapest...
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...
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 only two exceptions (both serving...
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 prices for these imported roasts,...