USA Today’s March 2nd “10 Great” feature “10 great places to get jazzed about great java.” Coffee reviewer Kenneth Davids made the recommendations, so it’s no surprise to find some winners on there.
Intelligentsia is one of the first high-end roasters I came across when I started exploring coffee seriously. I’ve had a few occassions to try their famous Black Cat espresso blend and enjoyed visiting one of their Chicago stores last spring. Portland’s Stumptown and Seattle’s Zoka are two I’ve tried in tastings but not visited personally, though I tried quite a bit of the latter a few weekends ago at Washington, DC’s Coffee Fest trade show. (If you’re in San Francisco, you can get Stumptown coffee and espresso at the wildly successful Ritual Roasters on Valencia.) Also in San Francisco, Caffe Trieste is worth visiting for the history and authentic Italian feel.
Other than a single shot of Terroir espresso and one visit to a Peet’s in Chicago, I don’t have experience with the rest. Anyone here who has?
[Cross-posted on Smelling the Coffee, where I'm now guest-blogging on all things coffee related. Some items I'll crosspost, others will be there exclusively.]