The surprise of Kéan Coffee At first glance, the polished facade of Kéan Coffee seemed to imply a local coffee joint trying too hard to present itself as a mature, mass-market coffee brand. I guess I’m just used to finding good coffee in a more un-polished setting. I was also skeptical because I don’t usually trust the quality […]
I drank a $14 cup of coffee at Portola Coffee Lab. Why? When someone has a cup of coffee they assign that much value to, it’s gotta be good— right? Weeelllll….
Since I was in downtown LA for DrupalCon, Verve Coffee – Downtown Los Angeles was a logical stop for a quick caffeine binge. The day I stepped into the DTLA location, I enjoyed excellent bites, a pleasantly poured cup of joe, and a space that seemed to beckon productivity. Verve Coffee’s vibe is creative, energized, and fun.
The idea of specialty-roasted coffee with a Latin flare seemed pretty unique, so I took a second to visit Tierra Mia Coffee.
Today I spent an hour at the beach working through a story for an upcoming presentation (nothing like the sound of waves methodically splashing against the shore to help concentration).
Despite making a 1K+ mile journey and sitting in a mailbox for a couple days, this chilled brew was tasty from start to finish.
If you take a posh suburban vibe, the quick-service / high volume feel of Starbucks, and remove artisanship from the brewing experience, Bitter + Sweet is what’s left.
The vibe at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is strikingly laid-back, and their default brewing style is careful, thoughtful, and friendly (Chemex Kone and V60).
I liked the rugged smokiness of Greater Alarm.
After an initial punch of bitterness, the coffee held its own with both flavor and complexity.