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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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...
Malmö & Lund Coffee Wrap-up

Malmö & Lund Coffee Wrap-up

Long overdue but I wanted to quickly wrap up my time in Sweden with a few more cafes that I enjoyed and thought you should know about! Lilla Kafferosteriet Blog | Website This cafe is actually one of Sweden’s older specialty coffee roasters and importers. They occupy a central place in Malmö, located off the...
Democratic Coffee, Copenhagen, Denmark

Democratic Coffee, Copenhagen, Denmark

One of Copenhagen’s best cafes is hidden off the lobby of the city’s main library, Københavns Hovedbibliotek, several blocks from Nørreport station. Head to the right when you enter the library and you’ll find your way into a room with a long wood paneled bar. You could almost be excused for thinking this is where you...
Njutbar Cafe & Restaurant in Malmö, Sweden

Njutbar Cafe & Restaurant in Malmö, Sweden

Njutbar is a cozy little delicatessen and restaurant in Malmö, Sweden serving gourmet meats, cheeses, and prepared dishes at a pretty reasonable price. They also serve Love Coffee, a roaster based in Lund run by Daniel Remheden, Sweden’s 2008 Barista Champion, and Peter Frennhoff, a sommelier and barista you may have run in to behind the bar...
Te och Kaffehuset in Malmö, Sweden

Te och Kaffehuset in Malmö, Sweden

Don’t let the generic Italian coffees and super-automatic espresso machines dissuade you when you peer through the windows of Te och Kaffehuset. There is treasure hidden in this unassuming shop that makes it one of Malmö’s must visit cafes. Owner, Sam Bondesson, has created a space that offers comfortable familiarity for mainstream coffee and tea drinkers,...
Koppi Cafe & Roastery, Helsingborg, Sweden

Koppi Cafe & Roastery, Helsingborg, Sweden

When I first moved to Sweden every coffee geek I met spoke in reverent tones about this mysterious cafe and roastery called Koppi in a little town named Helsingborg an hour or so north of Malmö. It was described as the best cafe in Sweden, at the vanguard of the Swedish specialty coffee industry, all...
London Travel & Coffee Common, 2011

London Travel & Coffee Common, 2011

When I was in London last summer I was fortunate enough to be in town when the Coffee Common folks returned from the TED conference and held their first public event. It was an opportunity to see what all the fuss was about, and to meet a few people I’d only chatted with on Twitter...
Rosie's Coffee & Wine in Malmö, Sweden

Rosie’s Coffee & Wine in Malmö, Sweden

A humble apology for the lack of updates lately – I’m finishing up my masters in applied cultural analysis at Lund University, and it has been taking up all of my concentration. On the bright side, I just recently made a trip back to Sweden for a few seminars and meetings, and got to visit...
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...
A visit to Tapped & Packed, London

A visit to Tapped & Packed, London

I wanted to share a few photos I took of Tapped & Packed, a specialty cafe with two locations in London – marked on the outside only by their street numbers “114″ or “26.” Each space is different, with No. 26 feeling more like a cozy neighborhood haunt, and No. 114 like a destination you’d...
Blossa Glögg - 2011 Coffee Flavor Review

Blossa Glögg – 2011 Coffee Flavor Review

One thing I picked up and really enjoyed in Sweden was the winter-time tradition of drinking Glögg, a mulled wine spiced with cloves, cinnamon, and other good things. There are many varieties, made with either red or white wine, sometimes flavored with other things like vanilla, or pumped up with the addition of cognac or...
Prufrock Coffee, London

Prufrock Coffee, London

Prufrock Coffee is home to Gwilym Davies, 2009 World Barista Champion. The affable, scruffy bearded barista who lives on a boat has assembled a talented supporting cast at two locations in London. My favorite is Prufrock Cafe on Leather Lane, a large, airy and colorful space, inviting you to linger and enjoy one of the...