Review: Blue Bottle Coffee Summer Blend (Oakland, California)

Blue Bottle Coffee offers seasonal blends, and I was fortunate enough to pick up a bag of their Summer Blend while it was still available. I first was alerted about this blend through Blue Bottle’s email list, where Blue Bottle’s quality control director, Ben Brewer (really? Is there a more spot-on surname for someone working […]

Review: Lüna Coffee Guatemala Huehuetenango Pedro Villatoro Lychee Glow (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

Denton, Texas was where I used to call home between 2001-2003, while I was a student at the University of North Texas. The city had a quirky, offbeat vibe while I lived there, and that hasn’t changed, but what has changed is the proliferation of craft coffee shops in the area. Granted, I didn’t really […]

Review: True Coffee Roasters Ethiopia Guji, washed, Grade 1 (Fitchburg, Wisconsin)

Readers in the US are probably familiar with the quasi-holiday Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving, when large retailers slash prices on all sorts of merchandise to kick off the Christmas shopping season), but a slightly lesser-known quasi holiday is Small Business Saturday, when consumers are encouraged to do their holiday shopping from small businesses. […]

Review: Monogram Ethiopia Gesha Village Lot 97 (Calgary, Canada)

This bag came to me courtesy of Revolver Coffee in Vancouver; it was so hard for me to limit myself to just three bags that day but I knew I’d be buying more from other shops so I had to draw the line somewhere! Whole bean: Super fragrant and fresh, like meyer lemon. French press: […]

Review: Monarch Coffee Honduras Pablo Cruz (Kansas City, Missouri)

This is the second bag I picked up from Monarch Coffee in Kansas City. Their space inside their shop is gorgeous, and I was really impressed with the free drip coffee they gave me with my purchase of this bag (check out my review of Monarch’s Colombia Finca El Cajon for more on that). This […]

Review: Olympia Coffee Burundi Long Miles Reserve (Olympia, Washington)

This is the second coffee I picked up from Fleet Coffee in Austin. Olympia Coffee is a roaster I’ve seen before in my travels but I somehow had never gotten around to trying. I had high hopes though, given that I’d seen some rave reviews (most recently, a glowing review of Olympia’s Little Buddy Blend […]

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: 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: Ruby Coffee Roasters Ethiopia Gesha Village Bangi Gori Gesha (Nelsonville, Wisconsin)

This particular coffee, from the Ruby Coffee Roasters website, intrigued me as soon as I read about it. I haven’t had the chance to try too many Ethiopian Geisha (also spelled Gesha) coffees, and this one was pretty reasonably priced, in my opinion ($23 for 12 oz). Most of the Geishas I’ve had have come […]

Review: Heart Coffee Roasters Panama Geisha Hacienda la Esmeralda (Portland, Oregon)

This is a coffee I was absolutely salivating to try as soon as I saw an email alert that it was available! The first Geisha coffee I ever reviewed for this blog was from Square One Coffee Roasters, and it was their Panama La Esmeralda Boquete. It was my top-ranked coffee of 2015 for its […]