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 "Coffee Roasters"
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...
Recommended Specialty Coffee Roasters

Recommended Specialty Coffee Roasters

The first step in improving your coffee at home is to start with fresh beans from a quality focused roaster. If you can find one locally, even better. I recently realized that I don’t have a consolidated list of recommended roasters on FRSHGRND, so I’ve started making a list here. I plan to update &...
Malmö & Lund Coffee Wrap-up

Malmö & Lund Coffee Wrap-up

Long overdue but I wanted to quickly wrap up my time in Sweden with a few more cafes that I enjoyed and thought you should know about! Lilla Kafferosteriet Blog | Website This cafe is actually one of Sweden’s older specialty coffee roasters and importers. They occupy a central place in Malmö, located off the...
Handsome Coffee Roasters, Los Angeles

Handsome Coffee Roasters, Los Angeles

Los Angeles’ coffee scene has been steadily growing since I left it back in 2008, and one of the most acclaimed newcomers is Handsome Coffee Roasters. Based in the Downtown Arts District, Handsome was founded by several Intelligentsia expatriates: Michael Phillips, the 2010 World Barista Champion; Tyler J. Wells, former manager of Intelli’s Pasadena cafe;...
Coffee Subscription Roundup Review

Coffee Subscription Roundup Review

I’ve noticed a growing number of subscription coffee services promising to bring you great coffee by mail once or twice a month. Each one has a slightly different take on this and I thought I’d lay them out below, with a few of my own thoughts and experiences. Tonx Coffee Perhaps the most well known...
Koppi Cafe & Roastery, Helsingborg, Sweden

Koppi Cafe & Roastery, Helsingborg, Sweden

When I first moved to Sweden every coffee geek I met spoke in reverent tones about this mysterious cafe and roastery called Koppi in a little town named Helsingborg an hour or so north of Malmö. It was described as the best cafe in Sweden, at the vanguard of the Swedish specialty coffee industry, all...
Tonx Coffee - Bolivia Buena Vista Mill

Tonx Coffee – Bolivia Buena Vista Mill

I just signed up for Tonx Coffee’s subscription using their $10 off coupon and thought I should share my experience. The first shipment I received was a coffee from Bolivia’s Buena Vista Mill. The silver packaging is iconic, and hard to photograph. The written materials in the box walk a fine line between personable accessibility...
La Frontera, Peru - Counter Culture Coffee

La Frontera, Peru – Counter Culture Coffee

La Frontera, as the bag explains, is the name given to a collection of small family coffee farms in Peru near the border with Ecuador. In 2007, we began our work with five small cooperatives of farmers in a valley with no name, calling the project Valle del Santuario. It has been our most successful...
ST.ALi - Coffeebar, Cafe, Roastery in London

ST.ALi – Coffeebar, Cafe, Roastery in London

ST.ALi is an Aussie transplant that opened a London location in the Spring of 2011. They hope to “showcase our love for things that, while simple and accessible, are undeniably delicious,” which is a mission statement I can agree with. The cafe itself is massive, comprised of a ground floor coffee bar and roastery with...
Emil Eriksson of Johan & Nyström, prepping for World Brewers Cup

Emil Eriksson of Johan & Nyström, prepping for World Brewers Cup

This marks the first year of the World Brewers Cup, a coffee competition similar to the World Barista Championship, though instead of espresso it’s focused solely on brewing coffee. The goal seems to be to do for manual brewing what the Barista Championships have done for espresso, pushing the leading edge of knowledge, technique, and...
Belief Coffee in Seoul, Korea

Belief Coffee in Seoul, Korea

Belief is a relatively new cafe that I first visited many months ago in the Hongdae neighborhood of Seoul, Korea. When I stopped in the first time they were just setting things up, didn’t have an espresso machine installed, and were still apparently adjusting their roast profiles. I stopped in again a couple months ago...
La Caffe in Seoul, Korea

La Caffe in Seoul, Korea

UPDATE: La Caffe’s owner writes in the comments below: “Big thanks to all our lovely customers. LaCaffe currently closed. We are renovating to cafe related business workshop, not cafe. See you soon with big news.” La Caffe is a restaurant and cafe hidden away in the neighborhood near Wangsimni station. I heard that they had...