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: 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: 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: Square Mile Coffee Roasters Ethiopia Mormora (London, England)

I believe I first heard of Square Mile Coffee Roasters back when I used to do a lot of browsing on the CoffeeGeek forums, to do research for notable roasters and to gather advice for what kind of grinder and espresso machine I should invest in. I don’t have a lot of time to visit […]

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: Café Grumpy Heartbreaker Espresso Blend (Brooklyn, New York)

Café Grumpy calls their Heartbreaker blend their signature house espresso blend. Like a lot of blends, this one appears to rotate components based on availability and current flavor profiles. Right now, this blend is a combination of Guatemalan and Ethiopian (Kochere) beans, so I guessed that I could expect chocolate and perhaps some fruity/berry and […]

Review: Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters Colombia Huila Timana (Denver, Colorado)

I first came across Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters while in San Clemente, California last October. While there, I visited a local coffee shop called Bear Coast Coffee that was right near the beach. I was honestly just looking for any coffee at all (I wasn’t being picky) so stumbling across a cafe that served craft […]