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! :)

Posts tagged "cafe"
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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. The diner style counter seating...
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 great coffee. Every espresso shot...
Little Skips, Bushwick

Little Skips, Bushwick

I’ve been driving all over New York for the past couple months doing fieldwork for an energy consulting firm, which has given me a chance to visit some of the city’s cafes that are off my beaten path. One of these recent visits took me to Little Skips in Bushwick, which comes recommended by Oliver...
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...
Intelligentsia Venice, Silver Lake, and Pasadena

Intelligentsia Venice, Silver Lake, and Pasadena

What follows is a little photographic ode to Intelli’s California outposts. I took these  around August, 2011, and also earlier this June, 2012. These remain some of the best coffees I’ve had and I always enjoy stopping by when I return home to Los Angeles. I wanted to highlight how unique each location is, each...
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,...
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...