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! :)

Where does coffee come from? A Colombian case study (Part 2)

Where does coffee come from? A Colombian case study (Part 2)

If you missed Part 1 of my recent trip with Cafe de Colombia, check it out at “Where does coffee come from?.” We left off where farmer Alirio Rios and his pickers had harvested the coffee cherries. The next step is to remove the seeds at the beneficiadero, or processing station...
Where does coffee come from? A Colombian Case Study

Where does coffee come from? A Colombian Case Study

A lot of terms are thrown around to describe where coffee comes from. This is especially true in our world of ‘single origin’ coffees, where we’re more interested in epicurean discovery than a quick jolt of caffeine or a ‘bold,’ ‘balanced’ base for a cup full of milk and sugar....
notNeutral GINO & LINO review

notNeutral GINO & LINO review

  If you spend much time percolating around specialty cafes, you’ve probably noticed the drinkware of choice slowly starting to synchronize around sleek, organic looking ceramic cups that are simultaneously hefty and surprisingly comfortable in hand. That’s because these mugs, part of a set called Lino, were designed over several years...
Coffee Lover's Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Coffee Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Happy holidays! I’ve put together a few items to help point friends & family toward desirable gifts for fellow coffee geeks, and to help guide you folks arriving here via Google find something that will delight the coffee lover in your life. Brewing Basics Under $100 Aerobie Aeropress $26 - perhaps the...
Review: Screaming Beans, Amsterdam

Review: Screaming Beans, Amsterdam

Hope you enjoy the final of three guest posts & photos by Alden Gewirtz below, highlighting his experience at Screaming Beans in Amsterdam! To the uneducated American traveler, Amsterdam might not seem like a destination for quality coffee (cannabis-selling “coffee shops” of Amsterdam not withstanding), but Googling a bit about The Netherlands’...
Blacktop Coffee, Los Angeles

Blacktop Coffee, Los Angeles

There’s a relatively fresh addition to Los Angeles’ rapidly blooming downtown coffee repertoire, located on a block that aptly showcases the new downtown LA. The new shop is called Blacktop Coffee, but its owner’s name isn’t new to anyone following specialty coffee – Tyler J. Wells was one of the...
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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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,...
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...