Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.

Mark Twain

Coming Soon to a Tube Near You

There’s very little on TV that I consider “must see.” There are exceptions, however… I’ve been enthralled of late by Discovery Channel’s Planet Earth series. The photography, alone, is enough to renew your sense of wonder —...

Coffee Notes from All Over

More on the USDA and Organic coffee certification kerfuffle when I can get to it… meanwhile here’s a link-dump of coffee notes from all over: Ever wondered what it takes to get to championship levels in Barista competition? Practice, practice, practice....

The Eva Solo CafeSolo™

So you’ve got a taste for the dark stuff and want to get the most of your crand cru bean. But a coffee press leaves you cold. Literally. What was just a few minutes ago steaming coffee in a rocket hot coffee press just isn’t so hot when it comes to pouring...

Is This the End of Organic Coffee?

Salon rings the alarm bells on a new ruling released by the USDA that would tighten the requirements for organic certification, and in so doing cause irreparable harm to smallholder farmers of organic certified specialty coffee the world over. Last month, the U.S....

Green Mountain’s Game-Changing Kenya AA

Rating: [rating:4/5] I have long been ambivalent — or at least something of a fence-sitter — where the whole single-cup coffee thing is concerned. Single-cup brewers are, by design, a study in compromise between convenience and quality. Do you want...

Scalzi: On Coffee

Not so long ago I’d written here of John Scalzi’s (then) latest opus — You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffeeshop: Scalzi on Writing — and in so doing pined for a copy of mine very own. (Not to worry, I managed...

Coffee, Caffeine, Nutrition and Health, Redux

A couple years ago I’d had it up to here with the constant stream of pseudo-scientific disinformation coming out of the camp of one or another self-proclaimed “nutritionist” who had clearly made it a cause célèbre to give coffee a bad rap. And so I...

The Coffee Faucet.

You remember, don’t you, that the coffee in your cup is 98% water, right? That thought was front and center here at Chez Cadmus on the Commons when we recently completed a minor kitchen do-over. The result: the lovely coffee faucet you see pictured here. Okay,...

You, Too, Can Be a Coffee Snob

Sunday brunch was the first casualty. Whether it was a skillet of hash and eggs at the corner diner or something poached and sauced at that little artisanal bakery spot — you know, the one with the brioche and those itty-bitty tarts? — the requisite cuppa...

I Double Dog Dare You to Outbid Me!

Paradise Roasters, a true Mom n’ Pop (and son) coffee roastery, has been rackin’ up the accolades over at Kenneth Davids’ Coffee Review, and was recently picked as one of the country’s best boutique coffee roasters by Food & Wine magazine....

Peet’s Colombia Caracol: Voluptuous Magnificence

Rating: [rating:4.5/5] Nuanced, balanced and complex with a lip-smacking semi-sweet finish. Peet’s current Special Offering — a limited run of a Colombian Caracol (peaberry, en Español) — is an heirloom bean (typica, a very low yield, high quality...

There’s More to Life (and Portland) than Coffee

While planning my trip to Portland and casting about for places to go and people to see, a wise man — and, incidentally, a specialty coffee luminary — steered me in a direction I wouldn’t have expected, saying, “You know, there’s more to...

Stumptown, Downtown

I just happened to be in the neighborhood… Okay, that’s not the entire truth. I was in the neighborhood after a meandering stroll (some might call it a walkabout) that ranged some two dozen blocks of downtown Portland, with a couple stops for coffee along...

Where in the World…

Welcome to Portland, Oregon… home of the Portland Trail Blazers, the Portland Rose Festival, and more fine coffee establishments than you can shake a stick at (presuming you’re the stick-shaking sort.) Sadly, at 9:30 of an evening it seems that the only...

Barista Bloggers II

While I’ve frequently been able to glean the general thrust of Tim Wendelboe’s coffee blog –  kaffenerd and kafeentusiaster don’t require much translation — I’m awfully pleased to see he’ll be writing future posts in...

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