Black Insomnia Coffee: so much nope.

When I first heard about South African coffee company Black Insomnia’s ultra-caffeinated coffee beans, I had low expectations. I was doubtful their claim of 3.5x the caffeine of “ordinary” coffee (whatever that is) could be true, even though, according to the “Caffeine Informer and other science people who know their shit” this coffee supposedly has been proven to contain at least 702mg of caffeine per 12 oz. cup.

But being a coffee person, I am constantly compelled to try new coffee things so I bought a bag…

Places to Drink Coffee in Los Angeles: Melrose Umbrella Company

First opened as a speakeasy, Melrose Umbrella Company was originally conceived as a place to have just a really good cocktail. The design of the space has the feel of something like an early 1900s pharmacy or feed store. The bar’s motto: Those who weren’t hung as horse thieves, died of drink. On a side note, I’m gonna assume the use of hung in that sentence was intentional. Very funny (words matter). Anyway, about a year ago, Melrose Umbrella Co. added a coffee program to its offerings, opening during the day for people to come drink some…

Valentine’s Day: Don’t Look for Love, Look for Coffee {Sweatshop Coffee}

In December I was in NYC, and I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn I visited many coffee shops. I was staying in the West Village, so most of the coffee shops I checked out (or re-checked out) – including Laughing Man, Everyman Espresso, Birch, Ninth Street Espresso, and Ground Support (my favorite because of the coffee) – were in Manhattan. But there was one coffee shop in Williamsburg (Brooklyn) – Sweatshop coffee shop – I was determined to get to on this trip. The reason: I needed to see – in “real life” – Timothy Goodman’s graphic art “DONT LOOK…