Saturday, August 27, 2016

Speckled Hen




Subject: Speckled Hen
Location: Strasburg, PA
WiFi?: yes
Rating: 5+ [see key]

Living in the Philadelphia region means sporadic trips west of the city to the rolling hills of the Lancaster area. Whether your interest is in the amazing food and crafts of the Amish, the smorgasbords or the gorgeous country itself, I have come to love the area west of Sadsburyville.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Mugged: Copper Horse Coffee



Subject: Copper Horse Coffee Roasters
Coffees Mugged and Rating [see key]:
Ngoma Microlot #3 Burundi  6+
Bloom and Bough Blend  5+
Finca Auroro Xolhuitz Guatemala  5+

As a former resident of Central New York, it always warms my heart to see great coffee gaining a stronger foothold in the land of finger lakes and (seemingly) eternal winter. Back in my first days up north, the options for coffee roasters were few and thankfully, the options have grown varied and delicious ever since I left. One of the newer and more delicious of these entities is an Ithaca operation called Copper Horse Coffee Roasters. Getting three of their coffees sent down my way, I took each for a spin via pourover, french press and siphon.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Taproom Coffee and Beer





Subject: Taproom Coffee and Beer 
Location: Atlanta, GA
WiFi?: yes
Rating: 6+ [see key]

It seems that as the years march on, coffee and beer become better friends. For awhile, they only coexisted in the same house. Then some years ago, coffeehouses began featuring quality drafts offerings, mostly in localities where a liquor license didn't preclude such a team-up. Now with nitrogenated coffee (and tea) offerings popping up across the globe, it seems that the only thing separating coffee from beer are their chemical compositions.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Ox Coffee




Subject: Ox Coffee
Location: Philadelphia, PA
WiFi?: yes
Rating: 6+ [see key]

During my late high school and early college years, I would often stroll the area around Philly's South Street looking for a great coffeehouse to patronize. Sadly, in that era there were few decent options and I often spent a lot of time walking around weeping silent tears. Years later, great spots began popping up here and there, making for a full turn around for the local coffee scene. But of all the current spots that would have appealed to me both past and present is 3rd Street's Ox Coffee.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Revelator Coffee Company




Subject: Revelator Coffee Company
Location Visited: Birmingham, AL
WiFi?: yes
Rating: 6+ [see key]

When one looks for great coffee in the southeast US, there's more and more great coffee popping up all over the place, with individual cafes blooming in most major urban centers. Yet one coffee company that has established numerous outposts all over the south is a roaster called Revelator. With shops now in five major southeast cities and plans for further expansion, this relatively new juggernaut has blessed the south with gorgeous shops and delicious coffee.