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: Ten Belles Cafe, Paris

Review: Ten Belles Cafe, Paris

Hope you enjoy the second of three guest posts & photos by Alden Gewirtz below, highlighting another must-visit Parisian cafe! Nestled in the hip, boutique-filled neighborhood around the Canal Saint-Martin, Ten Belles (10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010 Paris, France) makes you feel as if you’ve stepped off the rue...
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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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,...
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...
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 that concept at Box Kite,...
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...
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 – I was looking forward to...
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...