Review: Plantation Blue 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee (Pembroke Pines, Florida)

I’ve had limited experience with Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee. The first time I tried it was at a DFW-area coffee shop called Buon Giorno Coffee, and I believe I paid $8 for a single french press of the Jamaica Blue Mountain beans they had available that day. I remember feeling like it was a LOT […]

Review: Onyx Coffee Lab Kenya Gachatha OT-18 (Springdale, Arkansas)

I’ve had beans from Onyx Coffee Lab before; my local Whole Foods has started carrying their beans, and I’ve spotted this brand occasionally in Dallas-area coffee shops. However, this bag of beans is a bit special to me because I actually picked it up from Onyx’s Springdale location while I was in Arkansas for a […]

Review: Rite Press – “The ‘No Mess’ French Press,” 1/2 Liter in Silver

Review update from Margaret (February 3, 2019): This review was written based on the Rite Press unit I received in late November/early December 2018, but given that as of February 2019, it appears that the majority of the Kickstarter backers have yet to receive their presses and the company is being evasive and difficult with […]

Review: Ross Street Roasting Co. China Yunnan Province Fuyan Estate (Tama, Iowa)

Earlier this year, I was introduced to the lovely folks and the cool business model at Javaya – for more on them, here’s my blog entry about my experience ordering through their website. They aren’t a subscription model that locks you into getting shipments of coffee at pre-determined times. Rather, they operate more like a […]

Review: Single O Firecracker Launch Edition, Limited Reserve Blend 2018 (Sydney, Australia)

I took advantage of a long layover (23 hours) in Sydney to explore the city a bit and check out its local coffee scene. Many craft coffee shops/roasters close on the early side so I unfortunately wasn’t able to make it to more than one cafe in the time I had available, so I ended […]

Review: Patricia Coffee Roasters Guatemala Santa Isabel (Melbourne, Australia)

This was my third and final stop for coffee beans in Melbourne, but my first for actually consuming any coffee at a cafe. I had been on a short audition-related coffee hiatus and the coffee I had at Patricia Coffee Roasters was the first coffee I had had in about 10 days. It was going […]

Review: Sensory Lab Steadfast Blend (Melbourne, Australia)

My second stop on my Australia coffee tour was to Sensory Lab on Bourke Street in Melbourne. This was like no other coffee shop I’d ever seen; it shared space with a David Jones retailer (looked to me like a department store?) and the space really did feel more like I had walked into some […]

Review: Chaleur Coffee Costa Rica Calendaria (Mobile, Alabama)

Chaleur Coffee is a small-batch roaster out of Mobile, Alabama. I’ve not ever visited Mobile, but based on Chaleur’s website, their cafe looks exactly like the sort of place I would want to visit one day. I was particularly taken with their bold statement, “We believe that if you don’t like black coffee, maybe you […]

Review: Stumptown Coffee Roasters Holler Mountain (Portland, Oregon)

Since most of my coffee consumption happens at home, I am not super knowledgeable about the coffee shop scene in and around Dallas. If I do go out to a cafe, it’s usually to buy beans for home use, and most of the cafes carry excellent local roasters like Cultivar, Tweed, Avoca, and Oak Cliff. […]