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! :)

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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...
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...
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...
Impress Coffee Brewer Hands-on Review

Impress Coffee Brewer Hands-on Review

Impress Coffee Brewer In-Depth Review The Impress ($39) is a new, Kickstarter funded, all-in-one coffee brewer; the sort that lets you brew and drink from the same vessel. It’s made of three parts–a stainless steel double-walled tumbler, a stainless inner press that has a metal filter & silicone seal on the bottom, and a soft silicone...
HG One - Espresso hand grinder

HG One – Espresso hand grinder

Most hand grinders (like the Hario and Porlex lines) are made for weight conscious travelers or those looking for a low-cost conical burr grinder. The HG One takes the concept in a new, decidedly higher-end direction. Designers Paul and Craig set out to build the grinder they had always wanted, and the result is this...
Able Brewing Equipment, Inc.

Able Brewing Equipment, Inc.

Able Brewing, formerly part of Portland’s Coava Coffee, came to fame with its Kone and Disk metal filters for the Chemex and Aeropress. I use their “Fine” Disk filter for the Aeropress almost everyday and if I ever got a Chemex I’d probably only use it in conjunction with the latest Kone filter. Since spinning...
3FE (Third Floor Espresso) Ireland

3FE (Third Floor Espresso) Ireland

3rd Floor Espresso’s owner, Colin Harmon, has won the Irish Barista Championship twice, and both times placed 4th in the World Barista Championship (2009 and 2010) – which is no easy feat! 3FE uses Hasbean coffee, a world class roaster based in the UK, as well as guest roasters. I haven’t had occasion to visit...
Braun KF20 Aromaster, a Retro-Futuristic Coffee Maker Design

Braun KF20 Aromaster, a Retro-Futuristic Coffee Maker Design

I love this coffee maker designed by Florian Seiffert for Braun in 1972. It has a retro-futuristic charm to it, similar in some ways to the classic Moccamaster or Technivorm. Unlike the Technivorm (which makes great coffee), this design is no longer made and you can only find one if you scour Ebay regularly or...
Untitled at the Whitney Museum

Untitled at the Whitney Museum

The Whitney museum has surprisingly good coffee, a fact I discovered with the help of Oliver Strand’s contribution to the ever-useful New York Times’ app, “The Scoop.” Past the long lines for museum admission that wrap out the door, you’ll find Untitled, a restaurant and coffee bar down stairs serving a refined take on diner...
SCRW - Seating Design by Manuel Welsky

SCRW – Seating Design by Manuel Welsky

I love the “SCRW” stool designed by Manuel Welsky. The color contrast, the way form & function playfully complement each other, and the giant cork seat all make for an eye-catching visual that begs for tactile interaction. I could see something like this fitting in nicely at some of Korea’s indie cafes, with their quirky...