Review: Abacus Coffee Roasters Algorithm Blend (Chicago, Illinois)

I bought this bag from the folks at Javaya, whom I’ve written about before. I had a short trip to Chicago planned back in mid-February and I initially thought I might be able to make time to purchase this from Abacus directly, but I soon figured out there was no way I’d have the time […]

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: Prosum Roasters Colombia Paraiso Jose Ignacio Gomez (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

This is the second coffee I got over the holidays from Prosum Roasters; you can read more about their company mission and my visit to their roastery here. Whole bean: There was just the barest sheen of oil on these beans. Very evenly roasted. Once the hot water hit the beans, there was a wild […]

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: 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: Tostaduría Bisetti ‘Solo para fumadores’ (Lima, Peru)

A dear friend that I call Homeslice recently took a trip to Peru and on her return, she surprised me with this freshly roasted bag of coffee (and when I say fresh, I mean FRESH – it was one day younger than the freshest coffee I had brought home from my trip to San Diego)! […]

Review: Dark Horse Coffee Roasters No Problemo Espresso Blend (San Diego, California)

On the same trip when I bought the Dark Horse Odd Harmonics blend, I also picked up this bag of their No Problemo, which the barista told me is their espresso blend. As of summer 2018, this is a blend of beans from Guatemala, Brazil, and Colombia. Whole bean: Smells like chocolate with a hint […]

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: Dark Horse Coffee Roasters Odd Harmonics Blend (San Diego, California)

I stopped into the Normal Heights location of Dark Horse Coffee Roasters on a recent weekend visit to San Diego. All of the bags on the shelves were very fresh, but this particular bag called out to me because I liked the art… I don’t tend to buy a lot of blends, but the combination […]