You Probably Need Blue Crow Media’s London Coffee Map

London Coffee Map
I began my lifestyle blog with something that is pretty central to it; and that is coffee. Being a stimulant, I find that coffee easily becomes a catalyst for conversation, creative thoughts and ideas.

Especially over the past year or two, I’ve had a bit of reawakening for the drink. It’s gone from the necessary morning wake-up routine, to a soothing break midway through an afternoon. But I’m obviously not alone with this thinking – and when you have a city like London, populated with citizens and travellers who all demand a coffee that ticks a number of boxes that other coffeehouses can’t, a problem arises. This is where Blue Crow’s London Speciality Coffee Map comes into play.[Continue Reading…]

Cafe Review: Bluestone Lane in Manhattan’s Financial District

Bluestone Lane

New York City occupies an almost mythic place in the American mind. Countless stories have been written about the young traveler to the city, looking for fame, for fortune, or simply, for a place to live. Many years ago they might have gotten off a boat at Ellis Island. Today, they might drive their Subaru Forrester to Williamsburg via the BQE. Then, and now, all roads lead to the Five Burroughs, and especially, to Manhattan.

Working as an implementation consultant for a software company, I was ecstatic to schedule a business trip to the Big Apple, my first time in the city. An aspiring foodie and a passionate surfer of coffee’s Third Wave, I asked around to see where I should get my food and drink.

Suggestions were plentiful, but to my chagrin, few of them could be synced with my team’s whirlwind 48 hour itinerary. Our client was in the Financial District, just a block off Wall Street, and between traffic and common sense, we wouldn’t be able to make a morning stop at a quality café, unless it was within reasonable walking distance from their office. Armed with Blue Crow Media’s “New York’s Best Coffee” app, I solved our problem. Bluestone Lane –Financial District would be our place.[Continue Reading…]

Coffee Meets Design: Tyler Deeb Talks Madison Coffee & Tea in Indiana

Madison exterior

Designer Tyler Deeb is no stranger to coffee. Before executing one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns of all time, Deeb worked as a barista for Quills Coffee, where he cut his chops as a designer making t-shirts and Quills's logo … [Continue reading]

A Look Inside Golden Sound: Barista Parlor’s Stunning New Café

Barista Parlor Golden Sound

Good as Gold With a highly refined aesthetic and an unparalleled selection of specialty coffee roasters, Barista Parlor has set the standard for boutique coffee shops for the past two years. The café is known to produce rather visceral reactions on … [Continue reading]

Kopi Indo: Exciting Developments in Indonesian Specialty Coffee


Like in other countries, the past few years have seen specialty coffee picking up steam in my home country Indonesia. Below is an exploration of the scene based on my recent trip to Jakarta and Bali. Killing time while my wife was pampered with a … [Continue reading]

Rachel Ray Visits Blacksmith, Buys Everyone Coffee

Rachel Ray coffee

It's always nice when someone pays for your coffee, especially if they're a famous television personality. Rachel Ray recently popped into our favorite Houston café Blacksmith and bought everyone in the store a cup of coffee. Co-owner David Buehrer … [Continue reading]