Review: Ipsento Coffee Roasters Wildfire Espresso, now known as Cascade Espresso (Chicago, Illinois)

Ipsento Coffee Roasters is another Chicago-area coffee roaster I wanted to visit on my trip, but when I discovered I could order fresh beans from Ipsento via Javaya, it was a no-brainer. Since I purchased this bag of Ipsento’s Wildfire Espresso, they’ve apparently renamed the blend and are now calling it their Cascade Espresso. As […]

Review: Volcán de Fuego 1895 Single-Estate Coffee (San Diego, California)

When the folks at Volcán de Fuego reached out to me about trying some of their beans, they won me over quite quickly mainly because of their very clear dedication to freshness and quality. The fact that I’m quite fond of Guatemalan coffee didn’t hurt either! Volcán de Fuego’s 1895 (named after their processing plant […]

Review: Prismatic Coffee El Salvador Finca El Nazareth Natural (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

My last coffee from my visit to Albuquerque was this bag from Prismatic Coffee. Prismatic’s cafe is a thoroughly modern space with lovely touches spread throughout – it felt very Instagrammable, if you’re into that sort of thing. Two things of note: They create stroopwafels by hand, in both salted caramel and fruit flavors (seasonally). […]

Review: Prosum Roasters Nicaragua Jorge Laos (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

My family spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve in New Mexico, and though we did take a day to visit Santa Fe (which is where I picked up the coffee I reviewed from Iconik Coffee Roasters), the bulk of our time was spent in Albuquerque. A quick Yelp search and about 10 […]

Review: Methodical Coffee Costa Rica La Pastora (Greenville, South Carolina)

Recently I was in Tyler, Texas for work and made my obligatory stop at The Foundry Coffeehouse for my morning ritual. I opted to get a bag from Methodical Coffee as I noticed they were stocking this roaster again. However, I had to do a lot of label and packaging scrutinizing to ensure I got […]

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: Eiland Coffee Espresso Delicato (Richardson, Texas)

I’ve raved before about Eiland’s Espresso X, which was a “prize-winner” in my Best of 2017 list. Eiland also regularly has bags of a second espresso available, called Espresso Delicato, so I picked one up to see how I felt it stacked up against the Espresso X. Slight spoiler: I ended up buying another bag […]

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: Ritual Coffee Roasters Guatemala Candelaria (San Francisco, California)

On my recent trip to San Diego, I was wandering through the Little Italy Farmers’ Market when I spotted a sign outside of the Frost Me Cafe and Bakery, proudly displaying the Ritual Coffee logo. I may have squealed a little bit… I quite like the beans I’ve tried from Ritual (their Day Drinker Espresso […]

Review: West Oak Coffee Guatemala Mundo Nuevo (Denton, Texas)

West Oak Coffee’s Milk and Honey Blend was my top pick in 2017 for “favorite coffee blend,” and I was excited to have a chance to buy one of their single-origin coffees on a recent trip to Denton. There were a lot of choices all under 3 days post-roast, which I found really impressive. This […]