The Roastery by Nozy

    Nozy is, at least in my humble opinion, the standard for Tokyo Coffee and the local institution to beat. It is a pinnacle of quality and sophistication, leading the way for artisan coffee’s global domination. The Roastery is a gem. From the design aesthetics to the “American” style cappuccino, the folks at Nozy know how to…

Advice on Tipping your Barista

Tip your barista. It’s not just good karma points, they deserve it. Believe it or not, barista-ing can be a pretty difficult occupation; good baristas are simultaneously hosts, cooks, servers, waiters, sommelier and disaster-prevention-control-officer all rolled into one. More on this in a future article. I get asked about tipping a lot. When Square first came on the…

Chromatic Coffee 3rd Anniversary

  I’ve known the folks at Chromatic since before it was Chromatic and grew up with a few of them. They are changing the South Bay coffee game in huge ways. If you haven’t gone to their store to try some of the Gamut or their signature anniversary Unicorn Pony Blend (as rare as the real deal), now is a great…

Have we finally gotten used to “barista rude”

I started working in coffee at a little local 2.5 wave shop in 2009. Customer was king at our store. I didn’t (and still don’t) always agree with the primacy of this principle, but amiability and professionalism were cornerstones of our business. My manager was a master at the craft and being your buddy. Being snobby was…

Paddlers Coffee

  Paddlers Coffee has made a name for itself as a local institution, and for good reason. Paddlers is one of only a few shops that exclusively sources quality Stumptown beans in Tokyo and knows how to brew them well! Add to that the mellow atmosphere (a welcome respite in the busy Shibuya district) and jovial personality…

E-space-o? Space-presso? ISSpresso: To BOLDLY go where no Bean has Gone Before

While “authentic” may not be the first word to come to mind for those drinking the elixir produced for our Argonauts floating miles above our heads, flavor aside (remains to be seen), this espresso represents an incredible feat of engineering and technical innovation. Since “espresso” describes a process as well as a product, the high-pressure brewed coffee in pulled orbit…

Fatty Coffee? Alan Adler and the Importance of Paper Filters

Alan Adler, creator of the Aerobie AeroPress, gave an interesting talk about the popularity surrounding his innovative product. It’s quite interesting and I recommend you watch the whole thing. But for the purposes of this post, jump ahead to 22:20. Mr. Adler discusses the function of paper filters for extracting two lipids known to be potent producers of…

How do you Aeropress?

Long time no see! After a long hiatus, I decided to make my first “how to” video. Not the greatest, but hope it helps someone. Enjoy!

Cafe Grumpy (Chelsea)

   Cafe Grumpy is anything but grumpy; it is a bright, pleasant shop putting out some of the best espresso in Manhattan. I had a chance to visit this charming little store and came to appreciate its uniqueness. Some things about it were delightfully enigmatic; it’s local but it has a catchy logo, its understated but extremely professional,…

Stumptown Roasters

       Oddly enough, my first experience with Stumptown was in New York rather than in Portland. Well, with the way specialty coffee is expanding as an industry, I guess it isn’t all that odd. Stumptown sets an precedent when it comes to roasting, service, technique, and products off the bar; simply, they are household name for…

Identity Coffee (Closed)

    Identity is a high-end boutique coffee shop in the heart of Harajuku. Newer to the scene, they bring tried-and-true tactics to the bar with an overall great approach to the craft. Not only are they offering top quality espressos and pour-over coffees but they are also an exemplar of Japanese (hesitant to essentialize) service….

Kaffe 1668

  Right around the corner from the WTC memorial is this chic, almost what I would call a “coffee club.” Kaffe 1668 has a distinct atmosphere and style all its own and is putting out top-notch drinks for the busy Wall Street crowd. One of the most notable features of this cafe is the atmosphere. As…