Review: Rare Earth Coffee Bold Roast (Fresno, California)

This is the second of two coffees I received for testing from Rare Earth Coffee. The first, their House Roast, was roasted quite darkly in my opinion for a medium roast, so I had anticipated that this Bold Roast, which is labeled as a dark roast, would be significantly darker. However, I was in for […]

Review: Pallet Coffee Roasters Guatemala Santa Clara Estate (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

Pallet Coffee Roasters had topped at least one list I had seen for “Best Vancouver Coffee Roasters,” so I spent the time in between checking out of my Airbnb and checking in at the airport navigating public transit to get myself to Pallet’s one cafe. It was raining and I’m sure I ended up walking […]

Review: JJ Bean Coffee Roasters Kenya Othaya (Vancouver/Toronto, Canada)

This coffee was an impulse buy – I had taken a trip to visit Lemonade Gluten-Free Bakery on Cambie St. (and enjoyed every bite of the roughly $30 worth of baked goods I purchased over the next two days!), and JJ Bean was just a short walk from the bakery (literally about one minute – […]

Review: 2% Jazz Coffee Sam’s Guatemala Haja Blanco (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)

This is the second bag I received from 2% Jazz Coffee, and it happens to be one of their rotating single origins. When roasters offer to send me coffee for test, I don’t dictate what they’re allowed to send (other than insisting it needs to be fresh), but luckily for me I tend to really […]

Review: Friedhats Coffee Roasters Ethiopia Suke Quto, washed (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Usually, when I feature coffee from roasters based outside the United States, it’s because I’ve had the opportunity to travel to the country in question. In this case, I did not actually go to Amsterdam (maybe someday!); I came across these beans at Revolver Coffee on Cambie St. in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Revolver had […]

Review: Monarch Coffee Honduras Pablo Cruz (Kansas City, Missouri)

This is the second bag I picked up from Monarch Coffee in Kansas City. Their space inside their shop is gorgeous, and I was really impressed with the free drip coffee they gave me with my purchase of this bag (check out my review of Monarch’s Colombia Finca El Cajon for more on that). This […]

Review: Monarch Coffee Colombia Finca El Cajon (Kansas City, Missouri)

Monarch Coffee on Broadway Blvd. was the final coffee shop I visited on my trip to Kansas City. What a gorgeous space! I didn’t take any photos while I was there but you can get an idea of their aesthetic via their Instagram account. This roaster/cafe has quite the pedigree: The owner is a licensed […]

Review: Olympia Coffee Burundi Long Miles Reserve (Olympia, Washington)

This is the second coffee I picked up from Fleet Coffee in Austin. Olympia Coffee is a roaster I’ve seen before in my travels but I somehow had never gotten around to trying. I had high hopes though, given that I’d seen some rave reviews (most recently, a glowing review of Olympia’s Little Buddy Blend […]

Review: Parlor Coffee Colombia Los Angeles (Brooklyn, New York)

A quick trip over Spring Break gave me a chance to pop by Fleet Coffee in Austin. I had been given a heads up by a friend that it was the sort of place that would have roasters I like, and he was right! Choosing coffees to take home was hard as they were all […]

Review: Sparrow Coffee Kenya Iriguini (Chicago, Illinois)

I’ve written up a bit more detail regarding Sparrow Coffee in my review of their Ethiopia Guji, but for anyone unfamiliar with them, Sparrow is known for being one of Chicago’s most exclusive roasters, providing custom coffee blends for a long list of Michelin-starred restaurants. I picked up this single-origin at their roastery location in […]