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…

Coffee of the Month

Barismo’s El Meridiano has a more subtle taste, but is best brought out with a Hario V60 pour over. This Colombian coffee is chocolatey with a fruity undertone, a truly unique flavor I have not tasted in any other type of coffee.  

Coffee of the Month

Counter Culture’s Finca Mauritania is a great compromise for those who love nutty and bold coffee and those who enjoy fruity taste notes. This roast, with beans from Ecuador, tastes great with any pour over method and is one of my personal favorites.

J-J’s Market – Nashville, TN

JJ’s otherwise known as J&J’s Market, half convenience store and half cafe, is a Nashville gem. It’s simplicity provides the cafe goers a homey feel with various kinds of seating including couches, tables, and armchairs. People can even play board games while they sip their coffee. This market/cafe is an especially popular study spot for Vanderbilt…

Arabica Espresso Bar – Lima, Peru

Nestled in the back of the Larcomar mall in Lima, Arabica Espresso Bar is considered one of the best, if not the best, coffee shops in Peru. After wandering around the mall for awhile, I came across Arabica Espresso Bar. I had heard of it before but had no idea where it was located. When I…

Urbe Café Bar- São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Urbe Café Bar is exactly the coffee place I was looking for in São Paulo.  It has a really cool vibe and delicious coffee.  When I first walked in I was overwhelmed by the number of people and the dim lights, but I really liked this spot.  It had quotes about coffee written in chalk…