The Coffee Bar – Washington DC

The Coffee Bar is the type of place one could spend all day reading, people watching, and drinking coffee.  The fact that it is located in the center of a residential neighborhood makes it quite homey as well. As I approached the shop on a Sunday morning, I was already impressed with the amount of people…

Maketto – Washington DC

In short, Maketto is a place with a lot going on. This lively restaurant and coffee bar also sells clothes and high end sneakers, making it a one of a kind coffee experience.  When I first walked in, I was very confused as to why all I could see were clothes and sneakers. Then walking…

Baked and Wired – Washington DC

Baked and Wired is not only a sweet tooth’s wonderland, it is also a coffee lover’s paradise. Located in Georgetown, this bakery has a room dedicated to just coffee orders. While the coffee portion of the bakery is small, the quality of the coffee is not compromised. They serve coffee from three different (and amazing) roasters:…

Chinatown Coffee Co. – Washington DC

Ironically, the most noticeable aspect of Chinatown Coffee Co. in DC’s Chinatown was how quiet this spot was. No music was playing and the only people ever talking were customers ordering their coffee. Everybody else in the shop seemed to be busy at work on their laptops.  This coffee shop was also long and narrow…

Compass Coffee – Washington DC

Located in the Shaw neighborhood of DC, Compass Coffee is a go-to for an early morning caffeine fix or afternoon coffee break.  This friendly coffee shop is spacious with a few small tables and many long, high tables, providing enough seating for the large number of customers consistently in the shop.  Despite the fact that people there…

Otherlands – Memphis, TN

Located in Memphis, Otherlands is one of the most eclectic and funky coffee shops I have ever been to. This spacious hangout had indoor and outdoor seating. Each room inside Otherlands had colorful art on the walls which were conducive to a relaxing atmosphere. Most people at this shop were meeting with friends on the…

Barrington Coffee Company – Boston, MA

Barrington Coffee Company is coffee shop nestled underground on Newbury St. This Massachusetts-based roaster is known for quality coffee in the Northeast. What intrigued me most about this coffee shop was the Steampunk coffee brewer customers could choose to have their coffee brewed with.  The Steampunk is capable of making both coffee and tea and…

Alchemy – London, UK

To go along with the Coffee of the Month for June, I thought I would talk about the spot where I purchased those coffee beans.  Alchemy was one of my favorite coffee shops in London. The shop was small (but not too small) and homey and the jazz music playing created a cool vibe. I really…

Coffee of the Month

So far this year I have really been enjoying Guatemalan coffees, which have been extremely flavorful. Alchemy’s Guatemalan coffee, El Socorro, was one I had the opportunity to pick up when I was in London. Now, it has remained one of my favorite coffees. El Socorro was definitely best brewed on the Chemex, which brought out…

Garage Coffee Company – Nashville, TN

Garage Coffee Company was one of those coffee shops I had been meaning to get to for a while, but never planned to go until it happened spontaneously. I didn’t necessarily have high expectations for this spot, but I had heard a lot about it and figured it was worth trying when a few of…

Wright Bros. Brew and Brew- Austin, TX

I’ll be honest, when I first stepped into  Wright Brothers Brew and Brew coffee shop, I was slightly intimidated.  The dark lighting and grungy atmosphere were not necessarily welcoming. That said, the bearded baristas were friendly and happy dudes.  This coffee shop was pretty conducive to getting work done, playing soft indie music, and most…

Houndstooth Coffee – Austin, TX

Houndstooth Coffee was one of the most welcoming coffee shops I have been to in a while. The second I walked into the door, smiling baristas welcomed me to the shop.  The first thing that caught my eye was the beautiful personalized La Marzocco espresos machine with “Houndstooth” engraved on the front.  In addition, the…