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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…

Places to Drink Coffee in Los Angeles: Starbucks Reserve (Yes, Starbucks)

Several years go, I had the idea for a “better” version of Starbucks. Think of a kind of Lexus version of an everyday Starbucks – good and steady like a Toyota – but more luxurious and better designed. At the time, I was pretty happy with the coffee Starbucks Toyota was serving, and so my idea was that these Starbucks Lexus stores would be exactly like a Starbucks Toyota…just with better pastries. 🙂 I know, very innovative. I thought Starbucks could call these stores Starbucks Gold. I even emailed them at one point to share this great idea so they would have…

Places to Drink Coffee in Los Angeles (West Hollywood): Smith and Tait

In an efficiently designed, sun-lit space on Huntley Drive is West Hollywood’s newest coffee shop: Smith & Tait. Co-owners Lauren Hogarth and Alexandra Morton are partners who had been working in film production and graphic design, respectively, before following their dream of opening a coffee shop. When I stopped in last week, I had a chance to chat with them a bit, and they are really cool girls – very down-to-earth and friendly. And they love coffee – damn fine coffee, to be specific. Click on post title to continue reading…

5 Delicious Holiday Blend Coffees to Try This December

It’s been scientifically proven* that the holiday season causes chronic exhaustion. This is why it has also been scientifically proven* that there is no more important month for coffee drinking than December. Even if your coffee drinking is just a stop-gap for warding off the sleep deprivation resulting from your very own 5 a.m. Christmas Day small-child-alarm-clock, who cares? It gives you energy, it smells divine, it’s delicious. And, in my humble opinion, if you’re gonna be drinking coffee this holiday, you should make it the most special coffee you can find…