Veni, FiDi, Vici: Great Coffee In San Francisco’s Financial District

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Three years ago, those looking for a cup of specialty coffee in San Francisco’s Financial District were presented with few, even no options. Though the area from Market Street to North Beach, from The Embarcadero to Union Square, was brimming over with Starbucks, Peet’s, Coffee Bean and Tea Leafs, and Specialty’s, the presence of San […]

Barista Healthcare: How Do Your Favorite Coffee Companies Stack Up?


After raising $45 million in its latest round of funding, Blue Bottle Coffee is now extending healthcare benefits to its employees’ dependents, and plans to offer retirement benefits as well. When I read that in this piece on Valleywag, it struck me as a positive attempt by Blue Bottle to stand out from the pack, since in our 2013 survey on barista health, we found […]

Of Macchiatos and Menswear at St. Viateur, Toronto

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Entering Café St. Viateur, on a trendy corner of Queen West within menswear brand Frank & Oak’s flagship Toronto store, you understand almost instantly the world that you’ve entered. Through a glass and steel vestibule, over a floor woven with a black and white checkered pattern, you approach a copper and walnut bar to order your […]

Thailand Meets Stumptown: Lee Ayu of Akha Ama Coffee

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Lee Ayu is not your average coffee entrepreneur. Born in the Akha tribal village of Maejantai, located in a remote national park in northern Thailand, Mr. Ayu is the founder of Akha Ama Coffee, a multifaceted coffee company that fuses social enterprise with small business ownership on the farm, cafe, and wholesale level. Working directly […]

Document Los Angeles, A Koreatown Art Gallery And Multiroaster Cafe

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The light shines through from East and West facing doors illuminating through the new the DOC.U.MENT Coffee Bar and Gallery in Los Angeles. Simple long tables and school chairs fill the room. White walls that once were blank now hold the gallery’s first exhibit, FACE. When I first walked into this cafe in shortly after its opening a few […]

Build-Outs Of Summer: Elabrew Coffee, Los Angeles

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In an ever-shifting Los Angeles coffee landscape, it’s important to remember that beautiful people need more than beautiful places to go to enjoy beautiful cups of coffee. They need, from time to time, the beautiful cups of coffee brought to them—because frankly who has the time to look for parking in the Arts District anymore—and Elabrew, […]