Coffee is a fruit. Or, to be a little more precise, coffee is the seed of a fruit. Like any other fruit, the cultivar, or variety, of a given coffee has a tremendous impact on its flavor profile. I’m not sure if coffee cultivars were the inspiration behind Cultivator Coffee & Other Plants but it certainly seems an appropriate name for the New Albany, Indiana café….
More than a year after opening Litugry Beverage Company, Tim and TiLissa Jones can finally welcome dine-in guests to their café. It was a long time coming. It’s been over two years since we published this interview, when Liturgy was a pop up kiosk in a YMCA waiting for their space at the Durham Food Hall to be ready. Construction delays bled into a statewide lockdown, forcing Liturgy to navigate a pandemic in addition to new business struggles.
But they soldiered through and when I visited their café earlier this month, things were humming.
When I started this coffee blog 9 years ago with two friends, I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted to write about.
First and foremost, I wanted to write about cafés. I fell in love with coffee shops before I started drinking black coffee. I had a personal blog where I talked about the coffee shops I went to and those posts would get the most traffic. It seemed like a natural progression to start a website that would guide people to the best coffee shops, and thecoffeecompass.com was born.
What I didn’t want to write were coffee reviews. At the time there was a glut of coffee blogs focusing on coffee reviews, assigning points or stars, quibbling over tasting notes. It felt tedious to me. So I made a decision: no coffee reviews. In the early days, we received almost weekly inquiries from roasters that offered to send us coffee, and though we happily received any free coffee a roaster wanted to send us, we made it clear we weren’t going to review it on this website….
Some years ago, Prima Coffee asked me to write a blog post comparing an assortment of flat-bottom pour-over drippers and I was surprised by which one was my favorite of the bunch: the Blue Bottle Coffee Dripper. I had borrowed it from Prima, and was a little sad to give it back, but also couldn’t really justify buying another brewing device.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago, where I found myself at the Blue Bottle Coffee on Broadway in Lower Manhattan and in need of a 2-cup coffee dripper, preferably flat-bottomed. I noticed the handsome porcelain device while waiting in a socially distanced queue and impulse bought it.
Since then, I’ve used the Blue Bottle Coffee Dripper 2-3 times a day, and have developed further thoughts on the device. …
In recent years the country of Georgia has seen a rather unexpected tourism boom. Travelers came not only for its unspoiled natural beauty, but its fascinating cuisine and 6,000-year-old wine culture. And while it’s still qvevri-fermented natural wines that make Tbilisi a world-class beverage destination, if you find yourself in the Georgian capital, there’s good coffee to be had as well….
Perhaps no city has been affected by overtourism more than Barcelona. Between the tour groups of clueless Americans, gap year backpackers, and poorly-chaperoned packs of students, it’s impossible to escape the hoards of tourists in Barcelona. I, of course, am part of the problem. When I visited Barcelona, I was one more foreigner with a camera gawking at the Gaudi architecture. That is, until I stepped inside of Dalston Coffee….
Kentuckiana roaster/retailer Quills Coffee first opened in 2007 under the name “Quills Coffee and Books.” The original Kentucky St. location in Louisville’s Paristown neighborhood– long since closed — featured an entire wall of new and used books. It’s where I bought my first Dave Eggers novel, years before I would work at Quills, first as a barista and later as the company trainer.
Perhaps it’s fitting that Quills’s seventh café also has books. Actually, it has over 100,000 of them, only they’re not for sale….
We live in the age of the food hall. All around the globe, property developers are converting old industrial spaces into massive temples of gastronomy. Pick a city, any city, and you’ll likely find a refurbished factory or warehouse, complete with a cheesemonger, French patisserie, and at least one “elevated street food concept.”
Miami residents need look no further than The Citadel, which claims to be the largest such food hall in South Florida. In addition to the usual food hall suspects, it’s home to the second location for local coffee company Vice City Bean. …
And just like that, it’s December and you’re wondering what to get the coffee addict in your life. Maybe you’re asking yourself, do they really want one more coffee-related gift? And the answer, of course, is yes. After all, what else are you going to give someone on a day you’re forced to wake up at the crack of dawn to open presents? Lucky for you, we’ve compiled the top coffee related gifts for the holiday season at a variety of price points. Coffee from your favorite roaster not included.
thecoffeecompass.com Travel Mug
We spent years searching for the best insulated travel mug, and hands down Miir’s tumbler takes the cake. It’s the perfect size, its heat retention is second to none, and, most importantly, the air-tight lid is dribble free. We did a super limited run of matte white, laser-etched 12 oz tumblers, and we couldn’t be happier with them. We use ours almost everyday and so far we’ve only found one flaw: it keeps the coffee too hot….
If your barista owns a coffee maker, there’s a pretty good chance it’s a Technivorm Moccamaster.
For over four decades, the family-owned Dutch company has been making high end home coffee brewers loved by coffee aficionados. Their popular Moccamaster model is one of a select few that meets the strict standards of the Specialty Coffee Association‘s Certified Home Brewer Program.
Although the Moccamaster is a great coffee maker, it’s not without it’s short comings. Most notably, …