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! :)

Juan Valdez Café Orígenes, Bogotá, Colombia

Juan Valdez Café Orígenes, Bogotá, Colombia

Juan Valdez, the smiling, mustachioed “cafetero” with his mule and sacks of coffee, is perhaps one of the most recognizable coffee brands worldwide. The character – portrayed by actual coffee farmers since the 1960s – is a proud icon of the 500,000+ Colombian small farm coffee producers who co-own the...
Best coffee in Helsinki, Finland

Best coffee in Helsinki, Finland

Earlier this year I stayed in Helsinki for a couple days en route to a conference in Tallinn (it’s easier and cheaper to take a ferry from Helsinki than finding a flight from NYC). It was my first time returning to the region since grad school, so I was excited...
Go Get Em Tiger, Los Angeles

Go Get Em Tiger, Los Angeles

  Go Get Em Tiger (GGET) represents the vision of cafe culture championed by Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski, both Intelligentsia alums and US Barista Champs. Whether it’s pre-grinding for espresso, creating their own tongue-in-cheek-but-amazing house-made takes on pumpkin spice and gingerbread lattes, or ditching pour-overs in favor of batch...
Catación Pública - must-visit cafe in Bogotá

Catación Pública – must-visit cafe in Bogotá

Up on a hill in Usaquén, in the northern part of Bogotá, I had the pleasure of meeting Jaime Duque, owner of Catación Pública - and a man on a mission. You see, for many in Colombia, like most countries where coffee production is a major sector of the economy, the best coffee...
Inside Cenicafé, Colombia's national coffee research center

Inside Cenicafé, Colombia’s national coffee research center

Earlier this year I visited Colombia to see how coffee is grown, harvested, and processed. One of the most exciting, geeky parts of that trip was our visit to Cenicafé, Colombia’s 77 year old national coffee research center. Cenicafé is one of the world’s leading centers for scientific coffee research,...
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....
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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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 founders of Handsome Coffee (now...
Starbucks for Spooks

Starbucks for Spooks

I enjoyed this peek inside the CIA’s coffee culture. Not surprising, but a glimpse inside a hidden and curious world. I wonder if there’s a classified counter-culture of coffee geeks with Aeropresses and grinders in there? “Coffee culture is just huge in the military, and many in the CIA come from that culture ,” said...
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 and into a coffee house...
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...
New Books about Coffee Roasting & Production

New Books about Coffee Roasting & Production

Two coffee books worth checking out – one recently released by Scott Rao, called ‘The Coffee Roaster’s Companion,’ and another coming soon by James Hoffmann, called ‘The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing — Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed.’   The Coffee Roaster’s Companion A co-owner of Montreal’s Cafe Myriade, Scott Rao has published...
Find of the Day: Bonavita Variable Temperature Kettle

Find of the Day: Bonavita Variable Temperature Kettle

  The Bonavita 1-Liter Variable Temperature Electric Kettle (that’s a mouthful) is on sale for $59.99 – a big savings over its usual $99 price. It might look like something out of a Sharper Image catalog, but it’s been designed for coffee connoisseurs. It allows you to set and hold your ideal temperature and pour from...
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 flavors, making glass a significant...
Handsome Coffee signs off in switch to Blue Bottle

Handsome Coffee signs off in switch to Blue Bottle

Handsome Coffee, which you may have heard was recently bought by Blue Bottle Coffee, has officially signed off on Tumblr. It’s nice to hear directly from the team, and it’s also a peak inside the past with an eye toward the future. I copied the bit below because it’s nice to know that Blue Bottle...
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...
Instant Coffee Past and Present

Instant Coffee Past and Present

Smithsonian magazine started a recent article with the question, “is there a future for instant coffee?” For most of us reading this site, the answer is probably no (right?!) but this is an interesting point of departure for a tour of the current instant coffee market and its history. They point out that the instant...
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...
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! In the mean time, here’s...