Review: Tweed Colombia Los Naranjos (Dallas, Texas)

Tweed Coffee is a Dallas-based roaster associated with Houndstooth Coffee (locations in Austin and Dallas). I admit, I picked up this bag solely due to the name “Los Naranjos,” hoping that I would get some orange notes in the coffee (since the name was so close to “naranjas” – oranges). Spoiler alert: I was wrong […]

Review: Victrola Kenya Nyeri Tambaya Peaberry (Seattle, Washington)

I recently found out that a local coffee shop (Weekend Coffee in Dallas) carries Seattle-based Victrola Coffee Roasters so I popped over to check them out. On the day of my visit, they had two Victrola coffees available to take home: an Ethiopia Yirgacheffe and this Kenya. Since I haven’t reviewed any Kenyan coffees yet, I decided […]

Review: Coffee del Rey Fiesta del Sol Cafe Mexicana de Chiapas (Plano, Texas)

Chocolate fans, you’re gonna want to sit down for this one. This coffee is a very new offering from Coffee del Rey; it’s not listed on their website, but I was able to pick up a freshly roasted bag at their store on Thursday (roasted earlier THAT MORNING… how’s that for fresh?). I don’t know […]

Review: Porch Culture El Salvador Finca Santa Emilia (Tyler, Texas)

A recent work trip to East Texas introduced me to Porch Culture Coffee Roasters, which is a microroaster based in the city of Tyler. (Fun fact: for local subscribers, they deliver via bicycle!) I picked up this bag at The Foundry Coffee House, and also sampled a cup of Porch Culture’s Colombian beans brewed in […]

Review: Intelligentsia Burundi Bwayi (Chicago, Illinois)

This coffee looked so good in the Intelligentsia store that I didn’t even look at the price until the next day. $27/12oz. YIKES! Was it worth it? Read on. I have never had a coffee from Burundi; most of the African coffees I have sampled to this point have been from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Rwanda. […]

Review: Blue Bottle Hayes Valley Espresso (Oakland, California)

I have my cousin Lynn to thank for introducing me to Blue Bottle Coffee Roasters. Headquartered in Oakland, CA, they’ve expanded to include locations in Los Angeles, New York City, and Japan. In recent years they’ve acquired both the Tonx and Handsome Coffee companies, and it was just announced that they are merging with San […]

How to make a delicious cappuccino at home on a budget

Cappuccinos (and lattes, and mochas, etc.) are delicious, but they are rather expensive. There’s a reason for that; they are all espresso-based drinks, and espresso machines are NOT CHEAP. Commercial espresso machines can easily run over $10,000. You’re also paying for (hopefully) top-quality beans and the time and expertise of your barista. But is there […]