Showing posts with label Madcap Coffee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Madcap Coffee. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Coalescence Coffee Co.

Subject: Coalescence Coffee Co.
Location visited: Norfolk, VA
WiFi?: yes
Rating: 6+ [see key]

It's not frequent I get to Norfolk, but every time I do pass through, I manage to find a new coffee operation to visit. My most recent visit, I was able to visit a shop doing wonderful things with Michigan's Madcap Coffee Coffee, a place called Coalescence. 

Friday, January 17, 2020

Storied Coffee

Subject: Storied Coffee
Location: Scotia, NY
WiFi?: yes
Rating: 6+ [see key]

The region around Albany is full of hidden gems. Whether you seek outdoor adventure, city amenities or stuff to do with the family, places in the Capital Region like Schenectady have a plethora of options.

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Mammoth Espresso

Subject: Mammoth Espresso
Location: New Orleans, LA
WiFi?: yes
Rating: 6+ [see key]

In my humble opinion, the best-case office location is next to a great lunch counter and abutting a coffee shop of quality. Throughout my entire life, this has never been my lot but everytime I stumble upon a good downtown cafe, I often think of how lucky surrounding workers are to be so close.

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.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hebrews Coffee

Subject: Hebrews Coffee (now Architect Coffee)
Location: Springfield, MO
WiFi?: Yes
Rating: 6+ [see key]

*Update 06/30/2024*
It turns out Hebrews is no more and now the space is Architect Coffee. I cannot comment on the new look or coffee, so venture with a grain of salt. 

I am a tremendous fan of the noble pun. What better to insert into a conversation than a clever exploitation of different uses of similar sounding words? I trace my fervent love of witty word play to my days in Montana when I studied under a man who greatly regarded them as the highest form of communication. Forever my eyes have been o-punned.

Monday, February 27, 2012

CC: Quixotic Coffee

Subject: Quixotic Coffee
Location: St. Paul, MN
Free WiFi ? : yes
Rating: 6+ [see key] 

A good name is all too important when you first dub your coffee business. While some go for simple ("town's name coffee") or pun-ny ("sir ippee coffee"), something that projects a good mental concept is what I find to be best. Few places have done a better job in setting my mind ablaze with visual imagery then Quixotic Coffee.

Fortunately, finding and interacting with Quixotic Coffee was anything but quixotic. I found their location in a nice strip of shops near the Mississippi River with large open windows. Within, the place is a bit dark, with rich red walls, a black ceiling and a very minimalistic layout complete with a conference room in the back. 

Moving on to the coffee, I ordered two drinks that utilized Mad Cap Coffee (though they also rotate in other roasters): a drip of their Santa Lucia Costa Rican and an espresso of their 3rd coast blend. The espresso, pulled short with dark tan crema, demonstrated black berry jam amidst a creamy texture, with hints of coriander, sesame and light salt (a delicious and skillful pull). The Costa Rican came out blazing with bullets of cherry, hefeweizen, coca cola, cascara, black tea and a little fig amidst a medium body; also a tasty cup of coffee all too pleasant.

Unlike Don Quixote, I found exactly what I was hoping to find in Quixotic Coffee. Definitely give them a go if you're in the Twin Cities.