Coffee with a Side of Nintendo

September 9, 2016

I was in a cafe not too long ago that was filled with decor from the 80s, from movie posters of popular movies of the era to what I think was an actual Delorean, done up in the manner of the time traveling one from the Back to the Future series. I was instantly in […]

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When the Best Intentions Lead to the Worst Coffee

August 29, 2016

I’m not a hero when I drink coffee black. I genuinely like the taste of coffee when there is care to the beans, it’s roasted well, and the barista brews it in a way that really makes the notes of the coffee come through. I tend to go to the kind of cafes where I […]

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Upping my Coffee Game with a Chemex

August 24, 2016

I found myself at the register at Whole Foods in Oakland without any food but instead, an 8-cup Chemex, a box of filters, and a bag of Ethiopian coffee beans. As the guy rung me up, I couldn’t help but feel like I had to explain: “I want to be able to make good coffee […]

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Coffee With Crema

February 29, 2016

One of the cool things that came out of attending the Caffeine Crawl in San Francisco a few years ago was getting to know Emily McIntyre, who worked for The Lab at the time and took part in organizing the event. We stayed in touch over the past few years, our paths crossing in Sacramento […]

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Drinking Coffee in the Bay

September 8, 2015

I was eating my salmon at a pretty rapid pace and the waiter had just filled my water glass for the third time at a Peruvian restaurant in Portreo Hill when I felt the need to tell the friends I was with something: “Just giving you all a heads up, I think the coffee is […]

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This Ramadan’s Coffee Obsession

July 8, 2015

I’ve been getting a lot of hits on a blog post I wrote a few years ago about drinking coffee in Ramadan. People have been searching about whether or not it’s okay to drink coffee during Ramadan and have been landing on that post, funny enough. I reread that blog post and first of all, […]

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Coffee in our Nation’s Capital

June 1, 2015

Over Memorial Day Weekend, I took a trip over to Virginia for a friend’s wedding reception. My hotel was pretty close to Washington, DC so I spent most of my time driving over to DC in my rental car, my carefully cultivated Pandora station linked to the car’s bluetooth and streaming music over the speakers, […]

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Scenes from a Cafe in Sarajevo

March 18, 2015

When I was in Sarajevo last month, I walked into Cajdzinica Dzirlo-Tea House for some Bosnian coffee on my second full day in the city. I heard that this particular cafe was really good from a couple of sources and had been looking forward to checking it out. At that point, I already had Bosnian […]

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Five Cups of Tea

February 10, 2015

The last time I was in Istanbul, I had made the assumption that Turkish coffee was consumed all the time and I had made a point to seek it out (check out my blog post on Turkish coffee). While it’s still definitely a thing here to drink Turkish coffee, with it being on the menu […]

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Coffee in Portland Part II (Full Disclosure, There was never a Part I)

February 4, 2015

“You know a macchiato is a small espresso drink, right?” The cashier told me almost hesitantly. I was at Stumptown Coffee in downtown Portland on 3rd street and had just ordered a macchiato. The cashier asked me the question about without being the least bit rude. From the way she approached the question, I could […]

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