Review: Monarch Coffee Colombia Finca El Cajon (Kansas City, Missouri)

Monarch Coffee on Broadway Blvd. was the final coffee shop I visited on my trip to Kansas City. What a gorgeous space! I didn’t take any photos while I was there but you can get an idea of their aesthetic via their Instagram account. This roaster/cafe has quite the pedigree: The owner is a licensed […]

Review: Intelligentsia Coffee Honey Badger Espresso (Chicago, Illinois)

During my short visit to Chicago in February, I popped into Intelligentsia Coffee’s Monadnock location and picked up this bag of their Honey Badger Espresso. They had lots of really fresh beans that day, but I was curious to see if I would like this better than their Black Cat Classic. Whole bean: Fresh, fruity, […]

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: Edison Coffee Co. Ethiopia Kochere (Flower Mound, Texas)

For companies out there using Instagram to engage with potential customers: Just so you know, it does work. I got followed on Instagram by a new coffee shop in the Dallas area, called Native Coffee Co. They are located not far from Shutterbug’s office, and they recently extended their business hours, which allowed for me […]

Review: Single O Firecracker Launch Edition, Limited Reserve Blend 2018 (Sydney, Australia)

I took advantage of a long layover (23 hours) in Sydney to explore the city a bit and check out its local coffee scene. Many craft coffee shops/roasters close on the early side so I unfortunately wasn’t able to make it to more than one cafe in the time I had available, so I ended […]

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 […]

Review: Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters Panama Carmen (Dallas, Texas)

Most of the Panamanian coffees I’ve tried have been ridiculously expensive Geishas (and I sure do love those!), but I also am quite fond of beans from Panama in general. One of the first beans I reviewed for this blog was the Klatch Panama Elida Honey, and that bag still stands out in my memory […]

Review: PT’s Coffee Roasting Company Ethiopia Gedeo Natural (Topeka, Kansas)

Kansas might not be the state in the U. S. that first comes to mind when thinking about states with great coffee roasters, but I’ve been wanting to investigate coffee from PT’s for quite some time now, after seeing them mentioned on multiple “best of” lists over the past couple of years. It’s a new […]

Review: Blue Bottle Coffee California Good Land Organics Gesha Blend (Oakland, California)

While I’ll be writing this post up like a normal coffee review, this really feels like a bit of a historical event due to the beans themselves. First off, this is going to be a giant tease of sorts because this coffee was available for a very short window of time in December and that […]

Review: Avoca Coffee Roasters Misty Valley (Fort Worth, Texas)

A recent trip to Denton gave me time to visit Shift Coffee, which has featured interesting roasters in the past like Kuma and Chocolate Fish. This particular visit, they were featuring bags from local Fort Worth roaster Avoca, so I opted for Misty Valley, which is a blend of two Ethiopian coffees (Yirgacheffe and Gedio). […]