Streamer Coffee

Streamer has been a kind of holy-grail of coffee for me and a shop I have looked forward to visiting since I started this website. I first heard about them after reading some articles and watching their champion Sawada Hiroshi throw down some mind blowing latte art to claim international accolades. If there was ever a coffee…

Gregory Coffee

Gregory was a surprising last stop on my trip to NY, suprising in a good way. Walking in off the street, seeing the logo, and the worker’s in uniform, I figured I was entering a local chain store and expected a comparable level of quality; satisfying but nothing to write home about. While the store looked like a…

Menotti’s Coffee Bar

  Menotti’s Coffee Bar is a killer establishment; hip, simple, straight-forward, no bells and whistles coffee. Located near the busy Venice Beach walk, it serves up coffee literally right off the beach. Want a quality cup after a nice stroll, skate session, or dip in the pond? Well, now you’ve got a spot! The store…

Cafe Demitasse at the Promenade

  Cafe  Demitasse’s new location at the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica is not a far cry from the style, service, and quality of their original Little Tokyo location… and that’s a good thing! It’s nice to see more and more small, local shops steadily expanding their business one location at a time, ensuring…

Check out “The Bitter Barista”

I found this on Kickstarter and thought it was pretty good. I am not sure if this is a single or set of authors for the publication, but the site uses posts from random contributors. Some of the posts seem like chain-shop type complaints, others more the artisan brand. Nice to see a range of…

Holiday Blind Taste Test at the Homestead

“All coffee taste the same, roast doesn’t matter, all beans are the same” “I bet you couldn’t tell the difference between that artisan roasted stuff and the regular or even fresh and old coffee” “You’re just a snob for perpetuating a difference.” I get pretty incensed when people tell me things like this, and I…

Fika Coffee

Fika is a fast paced, Euro-inspired, production/output focused cafe that adequately reflects the “NY minute” attitude of the surrounding Financial District. Utilizing a Swedish motif, the cafe itself is visually impressive and “modern,” maybe even borderline showy. Overall, while I found the space appealing, it was a bit cold and sterile. The upscale cafe is much more than just…

Bear Pond

Bear Pond had an intriguing reputation that proceeded it; I heard the shop boasted excellent quality but was also notoriously “rude.” Usually, I shy away from such places, especially for the sake of objectivity in my reviews, but I wanted to see what customers meant by “rude” because, by my personal standards, Japanese “rude” is…

Be a Good Neighbor (Skytree)

     I found Be a Good Neighbor after going into “good coffee” withdrawals. After visiting some really great shops in Tokyo, I wanted to find a more local, domestic roaster within my district on the east-side of the city. Someone recommended that I check out Be a Good Neighbor. Luckily there was a location just…

Dean & Deluca Tokyo

I have visited the Dean & Delucas in New York on a few occasions but  never had the chance to try their coffee. To be honest, when I went into the upper Eastside store and saw their beautiful LM GB/5 with a steam wand covered in milk scale, let’s just say, I was not exactly…

Espresso Vivace (Sidewalk Bar and Flagship Store)

      For me and some good friends of mine, Espresso Vivace is like the holy grail of coffee. When I was training at my second shop, my boss gave me a copy of Dave Schomer’s Techniques of the Barista. He wanted me to learn some fundamental espresso knowledge that I clearly lacked. I read it in…