Thursday, June 30, 2016


Subject: Cure
Location: Norfolk, VA
WiFi?: yes
Rating: 6+ [see key]

It's my habit often when visiting with friends on the weekend to seek out a good brunch and then a good coffeehouse. While the landscape is still improving, sadly few places know how to do brunch and great coffee, so to keep it simple I usually keep my coffee stops separate from my brunches.

Monday, June 27, 2016


Subject: Slipstream
Location: Washington DC
WiFi?: yes
Rating: 6+ [see key]

Many coffee beverages share a lot in common with cocktails. Like a good cocktail, the ingredients and methodology will carry or crash the beverage. Also, much like a skilled bartender should know how to make an old fashioned or martini, a good barista will easily know the difference between a traditional cappuccino, a flat white and a latte. Add to the mix the growing overlap between cocktails and coffee beverages, and it's no wonder that places like DC's Slipstream have grown in popularity.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Mugged: Reunion Island Coffee Roasters

Subject: Reunion Island Coffee Roasters
Coffees Mugged and Rating [see key]:
- Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza Brazil Obata 6+
- Finca Buenos Aires Colombia Gesha 6+

Great coffee rarely sticks around for a long time, especially microlots. Sure the name all but spells out "limited availability" but not all smaller offerings are created equal. Two that barely got to my door before selling out were two fantastic selections from Reunion Island Coffee Roasters.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Spiller Park Coffee

Subject: Spiller Park Coffee
Location: Atlanta, GA
WiFi?: yes
Rating: 6+ [see key]

Baseball and coffee rarely seem to overlap. When people take in a baseball game, their appetites usually feast upon sodas, fermented beverages or even iced tea. Too infrequently have I seen coffee, hot or cold, break through the barriers of tradition to be found at a major league stadium, never mind a little league snack bar.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Gypsy Donut and Espresso Bar

Subject: Gypsy Donut and Espresso Bar
Location: Nyack, NY
WiFi?: yes
Rating: 6+ [see key]

Back some ten years, Nyack first appeared on my radar when a good cousin and chum decided to attend Nyack College, a small Christian institution of higher education on the Hudson. Having never actually been in the town of Nyack, I recall being delighted to discover its charm and array of local shops, but somewhat disappointed that for many a year there existed not a drop of worthwhile coffee.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Vintage Tea and Coffee

Subject: Vintage Tea and Coffee
Location: Cleveland, OH
WiFi?: yes
Rating: 6+ [see key]

Whenever I peak in, Cleveland's coffee landscape seems to be improving quite nicely. Whether LeBron is the one to thank or it's just a mix of local talent meeting a growing need for excellent beverages, the city provides new caffeinated delight every time I visit.