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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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...
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...
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...
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! 2012 was my first year living back in the US  after being abroad since 2008. As you can see above, I had a lot of great coffees while reacquainting myself with American roasters and a specialty coffee industry that has developed a lot over the past few years. Two coffees that stood...
Holiday Gift Guide & Wishlist for Coffee Lovers

Holiday Gift Guide & Wishlist for Coffee Lovers

If it seems like every week a new coffee brewer is being touted on gadget blogs or hopeful Kickstarter campaigns, you’re not alone. Most of them aren’t worth writing about, which is why you rarely see them here, but with the holidays coming up I’ve assembled a little list of coffee gear and accessories that...
Korean Cafe Interior Design

Korean Cafe Interior Design

When I lived in Korea I tried to find all the cafes in Seoul that were focused on high quality coffee (you can find all of them on my global cafe map), but in the process I visited a bunch that were less than stellar. However, even the least palatable coffees in Korea are often...
Highlights from Coffee Fest NY 2012

Highlights from Coffee Fest NY 2012

I paid a visit to Coffee Fest NY yesterday and took a few pictures to share (today is the last day of the show, so if you want to visit you have a few hours left, or pre-register for next year). Trade shows are rather unglamorous, full of syrup manufacturers, smoothie products, and other goods...
Three Aeropresses, One Barista

Three Aeropresses, One Barista

Carlos Aguirre Gano, an inventive barista championship competitor in El Salvador, used a rig to press 3 Aeropresses at once. I don’t know Spanish, but it’s been suggested that he brewed the same coffee at several roast profiles. If you can translate more, please post in the comments :) Now, watch and be amazed (at...
1960s London Cafes & Thoughts About Cafe Design

1960s London Cafes & Thoughts About Cafe Design

I’m loving this old video, shot in documentary style, looking at the wide variety of cafes that had opened up in London in the 1950s and 1960s. Part of its charm lies in its anthropological gaze, spending most of the allotted time on the unglamorous and precarious economic end of the business, while highlighting the...
Looking for Instagram Research Participants!

Looking for Instagram Research Participants!

If you didn’t know, when I’m not obsessing over coffee I’m working on a masters in applied cultural analysis at Lund University. Lately I’ve been researching mobile photo sharing as a practice that is changing our relationship to ourselves, our surroundings, our daily lives, and more. While taking pictures of your dinner might seem trivial...
Video: "Shit Baristas Say"

Video: “Shit Baristas Say”

Don’t take it personally, barista friends. :) At FRSHGRND.com we try to showcase companies and individuals that are passionate without undue pretense or unwanted judgment. Nevertheless, the stereotype is amusing and it’s always good to make sure you’re not crossing the line into self-caricature when you talk about coffee. Video by Sprudge.com, filmed at Four...
Coffee & Cream in High-speed Slow Motion

Coffee & Cream in High-speed Slow Motion

Modernist Cuisine has put up two videos of cream being poured into black coffee in high-speed slow motion. While most of us probably only combine milk with espresso, preferring to taste brewed coffee in all its unadulterated nuance, the video is pretty mesmerizing. If only they’d done the same thing with a barista pouring latte...