On my recent visit to my hometown of Miami, FL, I made a concerted effort to take my parents and older brother to a café I desperately wanted to visit: Panther Coffee. Voted Florida’s Best Coffeehouse in recent years, receiver of two Good Food Awards, and home to USBC finalist Camila Ramos, Panther Coffee is serious business in the specialty coffee industry and I couldn’t wait to go….
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It’s the age of the food documentary. Films like Jiro Dreams of Sushi and television programs like Mind of a Chef are commanding big audiences. Now that specialty coffee is suddenly enjoying a place in the culinary limelight it was only a matter of time before it became the subject of a documentary. The rather aptly titled A Film About Coffee is poised to fill the void….
In case you needed three reasons to get a thermapen here they are….
In Istanbul, a movement is reaching critical mass. A couple of years ago we were on hand at the opening of Çekirdek– a cafe that is widely considered the first third wave coffee shop in one of the world’s largest cities. Since then the number of craft-minded coffee shops has exploded. Here are five Istanbul coffee shops changing the Turkish coffee scene. …
If there’s one thing we possibly like more than coffee, it’s ice cream. And as far as we’re concerned Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams makes the best ice cream in the world. The Columbus-based company has expanded all around America over the last few years, including Chicago’s Logan Square. Jeni’s is known for going to great lengths to source fresh, seasonal ingredients, so we knew it was only a matter of time before they collaborated with Chicago’s own, Intelligentsia Coffee….
Fresh Cup Magazine published my feature “Refining Istanbul’s Coffee” today. The story looks inside Kronotrop’s roastery, a coalition between Kronotrop founder Çağatay Gülabioğlu and renowned chef Mehmet Gürs. A lot of exciting things are happening in the Turkish coffee scene right now, not least what Çağatay and company have in the works. Read the feature here and look out for a longer, in depth article soon.
Burr coffee grinders aren’t sexy, but they should be. In fact, your grinder is the most important piece of coffee brewing equipment you own. As a barista, I’m always a little surprised when a customer will brag about their $2,000 home espresso machine, only to ask me to pre-grind their coffee. It’s a provable scientific fact: you can make a better cup of coffee with …
It’s a quiet morning in Istanbul’s Cihangir neighborhood, and Serkan Ipekli is tired. The 2013 Turkish Barista Champion is fighting an ear infection, but he’s also experiencing the grueling pace of running what amounts to be a 24/7 business: Geyik Coffee Roastery & Cocktail Bar. Geyik, which means “deer” in Turkish, only opened five months ago, but it’s already been a wild ride….