I’m just going to leave this here.
the other March Madness
The good people at Sprudge are doing their own tournament this month, and the sweet sixteen is now set.
MA-CCHI-A-TO!!! clap clap clapclap clap
First round losses by pumpkin spice latte, iced vanilla latte, caramel macchiato, and mocha frappuccino? Pump it straight into my veins!
I’ve sung the praises of this concoction before, but last night I enjoyed an old favorite: vanilla ice cream sprinkled with ground coffee, with a wee splash of whisky. As great as I remembered!
Later that night, oh lord, we also stumbled across….. this on Hulu. I… I…….. just can’t. Keep reading if you dare.Continue reading
wrapping up the affogato stuff
Now that we’ve finished the series on affogato at gelato/specialty coffee shops in the DC area, a few thoughts on ways you can try it at home.Continue reading
the Swiss are monsters
All I know is that when/if I finally get around to throwing together my doomsday go-bag, there’s going to be a second one with my KeepCup, Aeropress, hand grinder, and a ton of quality coffee beans.
coffee may not improve your jumper, but….
Here’s an interesting article on NBA athletes trying to boost their game by drinking coffee before tip-off. I’ve heard before of people trying an espresso shot before working out, but not this kind of pregame pick-me-up.
A lot of it makes sense, and I’m also glad to see any move away from the poison of “energy drinks.” Figures that Portland would be one of the franchises driving the trend, given it’s geographically the most remote franchise, as well as a hotbed for high-quality coffee.
a must-try cafe
mini review: Blue Bottle Coffee, Georgetown
see my Georgetown field report
Blue Bottle, a roaster and cafe operator founded in Oakland, California, is a leading player in coffee’s third wave. It has grown significantly since raising capital from private equity investors, and global food megaconglomerate Nestlé now owns a majority stake in the company.
What was once a spunky little indie now is a growing global presence, with stores in California, New York, DC, Miami, Boston, Japan, and soon South Korea. But unlike certain other global coffee chains (cough cough), you’ll still get an amazing coffee from Blue Bottle.Continue reading
mini review: Bluestone Lane
update 8/9/2021: Georgetown location now closed; five other outlets open in DC
see my Georgetown field report
Just below the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and M Street, Georgetown’s commercial ground zero, you’ll find a handsome spot serving delicious coffee. This old brick building, originally a firehouse, is the home of the Georgetown outlet of Bluestone Lane, a New York coffee roaster and cafe operator which seeks to replicate the coffee culture of Melbourne, Australia. Bluestone Lane can be found in New York, Philadelphia, California, and DC.Continue reading
Matty’s Holiday Coffee Gift Guide
this is the original 2018 version; also see my 2019 holiday gift guide
You can do better than a Starbucks gift card.
Here are a few suggestions for showing a little holiday love to the coffee drinker in your life. Prices are as of this date and, like much in life, subject to change. Shop around for best deals.Continue reading