Mini review: Stumptown Guatemala Finca El Injerto Bourbon (Portland, Oregon)

Got a little sample of this lovely Guatemala Injerto from an equally lovely friend yesterday! I may choose to do a full review of these beans someday, as I definitely liked what I tasted (when brewed in a Chemex) and would be curious how it would taste in other applications. Generally speaking, I enjoy the

Review: Pergamino Cafe, Finca Loma Verde (Medellin, Colombia)

These beans were an unexpected and very welcome gift from a student and her family! Colombian coffee beans are some of the most common and well-known coffee beans out there (Juan Valdez, anyone?), but I am pretty certain that I have never had Colombian coffee of this freshness level and quality before. I was fascinated to learn

Review: Stumptown Hair Bender espresso (Portland, Oregon)

My first experience with Stumptown beans came years ago during a trip to Portland, Oregon for an audition. Those who know me know that I have a habit of cutting out coffee/caffeinated beverages for a couple of weeks prior to an important audition, so the first cup of coffee I have after the audition is over

Review: Dunn Bros. Espresso Blend (St. Paul, Minnesota)

Dunn Bros. is another Dallas-area roaster/coffee shop that I’ve been meaning to try for a while. These beans came to me courtesy of my friend Vilma (thank you!!). I haven’t had a chance to visit the Dunn Bros. store in Addison yet, but I certainly will next time I’m in that area. Officially, Dunn Bros.

Recommendation Corner: Looking for a “chocolaty” coffee…

I’ve had a few friends recently ask me about what coffees I would recommend for people looking for chocolate flavor in the cup. The easy answer would be to add some chocolate syrup, of course! But I’m going to try and go a little deeper for those that are interested in trying out different beans.

Review: Klatch Belle Espresso (Upland, California)

Finally! Time to review Klatch Belle. I will say upfront that I am still learning about what makes a “good” espresso, and I am not as experienced with tasting espressos as I am with coffees. However, this was a very enjoyable tasting for me, and I do think that the espresso shots I made at

Review: Klatch Coffee Panama Elida Honey (Upland, California)

I have been looking forward to trying Klatch Coffee ever since I started reading up on specialty coffee roasters. Klatch is a name I saw mentioned repeatedly, along with Intelligentsia, Verve, Counter Culture, Madcap, and Stumptown (especially in an espresso context). The Klatch Belle Espresso review will be happening in a few days, but I couldn’t

Review: Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters El Rio honey processed El Salvador (Dallas, Texas)

I like to support local businesses, and DFW has a number of local roasters I enjoy (and I do plan to cover them all in due time!). OCCR has a sizable presence here in Dallas; Davis Street Espresso (the shop next door to the OCCR roasting facility) is a popular destination and their beans are

Review: Three Ships Konga Ethiopian Yirgacheffe (Virginia Beach, Virginia)

I received these beans as a gift from a fellow musician and coffee fanatic (hi, David!). I had never heard of this roaster, so I was super excited to give them a try. My first impression when we opened the bag was HELLO, BLUEBERRY MUFFIN! It seriously smelled like breakfast. I also smelled raisins and