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

Mark Twain

How to Find a Great Coffee House

…and avoid the rest. My recent trip to Seattle offered one sublime coffee experience after another. The place has a finely developed coffee culture that’s grown far beyond Starbucks’ 98 coffee houses. The weather, the food, the sound [both Puget and...

Tasting: Intelligentsia Coffee’s La Corona

Rating: [rating:4.5/5] You’d think it should be easy to make a great blend from outstanding origin coffees… say, if you had your pick of a series of Central American Cup of Excellence winners. It simply isn’t so. Coffees of this caliber are not only...

SCAA, Redux

A final [really!] round-up of SCAA events, memoirs and exposés from around the webisphere… One thing is clear: there was simply so much happening in so many places that it’s impossible to catch it all… or even to be aware of what might be happening...

SCAA Seattle, Day Three

Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco. Me, I left my voice in Seattle. Too much: walking in the rain, chatting ’til all hours. Not enough: sleep, food. Did I mention sleep? The result: laryngitis. A few days of down-time. Dozing in the La-Z-boy while...

SCAA Seattle, Day Two

A year ago I noted the Colombia Coffee Federation was planning an agressive international rollout of Juan Valdez-branded specialty cafes. This morning [early this morning!] the Juan Valdez at 5th and Pike in Seattle held its grand opening. It’s the third such...

More SCAA Stuff!

Owen is posting his photos from the SCAA on his spanking-new blog. Definitely worth a look; he’s a far, far better shutterbug than I. And the poutine? It’s a Canuck...

SCAA Seattle, Day One

While day one at SCAA in Seattle offered a number of notable moments, not the least of which was an affirming and thoughtful and thoroughly enjoyable keynote by Jane Goodall — yes, that Jane Goodall — in my mind it was an after-hours event at Hines Public...

Hello from Seattle…

Newsflash: It’s not raining in Seattle! At the moment, anyway. Me and 10,000 of my closest personal friends are have converged in this, the city of my birth, for the Specialty Coffee Association of America Conference and Expo… and the place is *thick* with...

Review: The Zojirushi Fresh Brew

I’ve spent the last week getting to know the Zojirushi Fresh Brew… and for the most part, I’m quite pleased. It has some foibles [which I’ll get to in a moment] but on the whole it’s a very capable coffee brewer. More, it’s one of...

Tasting: Organic Galapagos

Rating: [rating:3.5/5] The most intriguing coffee I’ve tasted this week is courtesy of Bernie Digman, roaster/owner of Milagro Coffee y Espresso in Las Cruces, NM. The coffee… an organic bean from the Galapagos Islands. Yes, those Galapagos Islands…...

Starbucks Delocator

Just in time for all the SCAA-goers who’ll soon be thronging the many independent coffee houses of Seattle, the Starbucks Delocator! Enter a ZIP and the delocator will provide a list of nearby user-entered, independent [read, non-corporate] coffee houses. The...

So Many Brewers, So Little Time

So you’ve found your way out of the labyrinth of canned coffee at the megamart. You’ve discovered a roaster in your home-town —or maybe one on the web— that roasts with the care of a craftsman and the inspiration of a Renaissance painter. You order...

Espresso Porn

For Friday, a selection of espresso porn. The case for single origin espresso, from malachi @ Stumptown Too many tampers, gallery @ Reg Barber’s The naked portafilter, discussion @ CoffeeGeek The naked portafilter II, photos @ coffeelinkcentral The naked...

Tasting: Fair Trade Organic Nicaraguan Matagalpa

Rating: [rating:3.5/5] I’ve been tremendously impressed by coffees from Nicaragua these past many months. They are proving yin to the yang of the light, bright fruity notes of what’s become the archetype of Central and South American beans. Nicaragua...

A Brave New Experiment

One of the perks [perks, get it?] of working for a coffee company is — surprise — free coffee! And being the coffee-slurping fiend that I am I take full advantage. I have tasted my way from one end of Green Mountain‘s coffee line-up to the other and back...
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