Review: Blue Bottle Coffee Giant Steps (Oakland, California)

James Freeman, the founder of Blue Bottle, is a former professional clarinet player, and I’ve always appreciated the occasional musical references thrown into the names and descriptions of his company’s coffees (for instance, the “Brahmsian” characteristics of Blue Bottle’s Hayes Valley Espresso). This particular blend was named after John Coltrane’s Giant Steps, and Blue Bottle’s […]

Review: Taylors of Harrogate Tim Peaks Coffee (Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England)

People from all walks of life are fond of their caffeinated beverages, but I feel like the most creatively inclined people I know have a disproportionate level of interest in the quality of their coffee and tea. Perhaps it’s an occupational hazard (work that’s rife with attention to detail!), perhaps musicians and artists are just […]

Review: Parlor Coffee Colombia Los Angeles (Brooklyn, New York)

A quick trip over Spring Break gave me a chance to pop by Fleet Coffee in Austin. I had been given a heads up by a friend that it was the sort of place that would have roasters I like, and he was right! Choosing coffees to take home was hard as they were all […]

Review: ManLao River Coffee Munroe Butterfly Espresso (Kunming, Yunnan, China)

This is the second bag I had the pleasure of trying from ManLao River Coffee; for more details about them and about the coffee industry in China, check out my previous post. ManLao River’s description of their Munroe Butterly Espresso sums up their goal with this espresso blend better than I could, so I’ll just […]

Review: ManLao River Coffee China Nagy Peaberry (Kunming, Yunnan, China)

When you think of coffee-growing countries, what places immediately come to mind? For me, I think of Ethiopia, Brazil, Colombia, Kenya, and Guatemala. China wasn’t even on my radar as a coffee origin at all until last year, but the coffee industry in China has been quietly and steadily growing for decades. Tea is still […]

Review: Iconik Coffee Roasters Holiday Blend Luminaria (Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Santa Fe, New Mexico was one of the places I was able to visit in the period between Christmas and New Year’s Eve this past winter, and while coffee sourcing wasn’t my first priority (family time was!), I did make a little bit of an effort to see if there were notable coffee roasters/cafes within […]

Review: Klatch Coffee 25th Anniversary Blend (Upland, California)

I have a soft spot for Klatch Coffee – back in the early days of this blog (March 2015, the first month that I started writing coffee reviews), Klatch’s Panama Elida Honey was the first coffee that I sampled that made a strong, strong impression on me, and that same year, I named their Golden […]

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: St. Ali Coffee Ethiopia Barkume Tome, washed (Melbourne, Australia)

Australia is a country with a reputation for outstanding coffee, so when I had the chance to spend a few days in Melbourne earlier this year, I made it a point to buy fresh beans from as many roasters as I thought I could handle. My first coffee stop on this visit was the St. […]

Review: Onyx Coffee Lab Ethiopia Guji Uraga (Springdale, Arkansas)

I’ve reviewed coffee from Onyx before; they are a roaster that’s making a name for themselves nationally, being featured in lists like Gear Patrol’s 25 Best Coffee Roasters in America (June 2018) and Thrillist’s 2017 list of the Best 21 Coffee Roasters in the Country. When I was contacted recently by Javaya to do a review […]