Coffee that Saves Pups – Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co

I was so excited when Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co reached out to me to try their coffee (ad)! If you’ve been keeping up with me on Instagram, I love to review coffee over there and give my honest feed back. I wasn’t sure what to expect from them, quality wise, but I wanted to reveal my honest opinions here! I’ve heard about Grounds & Hounds for a while, they strive to create coffee with a greater purpose.


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What’s great about Grounds & Hounds is 20% of their profits go to supporting pups! Through their coffee sales, they strive to support dog rescue initiatives and organizations throughout the country.

-but is Grounds & Hounds coffee any good?

well, yes! better than expected for sure. I wasn’t sure what to expect, especially since the coffee came pre-ground (which drastically reduces the freshness of the coffee). So, at first I was a bit worried. Turns out, the coffee is good coffee!

Is it the best coffee I’ve ever had?

-well, no.

Is it coffee I would purchase in the future?

-maybe. So far my favorite coffee of theirs is their “Morning Walk” blend! It’s a nice light/medium roast with unique undertones.

The mission of Grounds & Hounds is what sets them apart from other coffee companies. Knowing that when I purchase from them it goes to such a great cause is what would keep me buying coffee and other goodies from them. I really admire the dedication and money they put towards such a great cause. Who doesn’t love supporting dogs????

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I do have a discount code to save you 15% off (I don’t get anything from it), it’s “CoffeeeNut”

Or you can shop using this link!

Big thank you to Grounds & Hounds for reaching out and sending me some coffee to try! I’ve been wanting to try it for a while.

Have you tried their coffee before? What did you think?

As always, thanks so much for taking the time to read this!

Lots of love,

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Bean and Bean Coffee Review

Happy Sunday! I haven’t done one of these in a while so I thought this post would be a nice treat for all of you (gifted, not an ad).

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I do currently have a giveaway going on with them over on my Instagram here!

I’m here to chat a bit about Bean & Bean Coffee Roasters out of New York City. Family owned and women-led specialty coffee roaster out of NYC for over 10 years! They stand for gender equity – focusing on partnering with female coffee producers and over half of their coffee is sourced from female led farms!!!

It’s so nice to hear even in the coffee roasting community, there are companies striving for gender equity in the field!

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WOWWW! I love the morals and values that they are bringing to the coffee community!

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Let’s Talk Coffee

So lately I’ve been sipping on their Indonesia Sumatra. It’s a nice smooth dark roast with heavy, tart cherry undertones. It’s a nice roast to have first thing in the morning as a pick me up!

The mother-daughter team that runs Bean & Bean Coffee ACTUALLY are professionally trained to cup coffee. This means that they reallyyyy know what their doing.

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Fun Fact: a dream of mine has always been to go to a coffee cupping and be taught how to professionally taste coffee undertones.

The Bean and Bean Coffee Partnership with the Sloth Institute

Bean and Bean Coffee Roasters also focuses on working with small coffee farms who work alongside the environment RATHER THAN deforesting it. They partner with the Sloth Institute (hint hint their adorable packaging) where % of online coffee sales goes directly to care for the sloths in need.

When they mentioned this to me I was so happy to hear as I personally didn’t even think about the deforestation aspect of coffee farming.

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Don’t forget there’s an international giveaway for some of these goodies here & also in my last post another giveaway! wooo!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

Lots of love,

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Where to find the Best Coffee in Soho, New York City

Soho NYC is a neighborhood densely packed with lots of boujee cafes and coffee shops: some are a hit and some are a huge miss in my opinion.

To preface this, I did write a whole blog post on NYC cafes that seem all perfect on platforms like Instagram, but don’t actually have good coffee. Hence, people just go for the photos… ouch.

Check that out HERE

Also, I started off this New York City Neighborhood Coffee Guide with the West Village, which you can find HERE

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I’ve made the decision to only chat about and mention the BOMB places in Soho so that I’m not wasting anyone’s times on the bad… head to my Instagram Hyped Coffee Shops of NYC Post to see some of the hard misses….

Okay, okay. Soho – let’s get into it.

Here are my favorite spots to get coffee in Soho of Manhattan.

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Darby Coffee Club

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First Impressions: I first heard about this spot on Instagram when they first opened this past June. It’s an Australian inspired cafe (whoop whoop) that has a slogan “wtf is a flat white”. That sarcasm makes me crack up every time.

Atmosphere: Darby is a super small coffee shop in the front of a gym. The interior is pretty dark and very small (the epitome of a takeout coffee shop). Definitely more of a metal/industrial vibe. It was very hard to photograph the interior.

It’s a great spot for coffee but the dream would be that they expanded to be a more bright, adorable & more welcoming atmosphere.

Final Thoughts: Super good quality coffee & the flat white definitely was a good one. It’s a great spot if you’re in the central Soho area and wanted quality to-go coffee with no frills.


Gasoline Alley Coffee

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First Impressions: I didn’t really ever see much of this spot on social media (nothing wrong with that). It’s definitely a popular spot with the locals. There was a steady line when I went.

Atmosphere: It’s a nice warm-toned spot with some spots for outdoor seating. I’d be really interested to go back here to have coffee there in a nice ceramic cup (if that’s their thing).

Final Thoughts: Gasoline is a pretty popular spot with the locals, which is generally a great sign. Pretty good coffee with talented baristas.

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Cafe Leon Dore

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First Impressions: A really cute spot in the center of Soho. Adorable & bright French vibes with a decent amount of outdoor seats and tables. It is actually a coffee shop in a clothing store but they have a cute little window to order from on the street.

Atmosphere: Also a pretty popular spot with the locals – usually a good sign of quality coffee. It was a really nice spot to just relax and people watch. It was hard to see what the interior normally looks like but I’m sure it’s adorable! Honestly so obsessed with the branding that was on all of their tables.

Final Impressions: When visiting Cafe Leon Dore I think I was on coffee number 5 for the day. I switched up my usual order of a flat white or latte and instead ordered a cortado (less milk kinda like a flat white but doesn’t have the velvety microfoam that a flat white does). Decent espresso and a good cup overall! It was definitely one of the most ample amounts of outdoor coffee shop seating I’ve seen so far in the city.

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Happy Bones

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First Impressions: Okay. This spot has been on my list since DAY ONE! I’ve seen them all over Instagram for well over a year now and even heard of the name “Happy Bones” before then. I use the app called “Mapstr” and its been on my map/list to try for a while. I’ve passed it multiple times walking as well. Long story short: I’ve been wanting to try it for a while but it never was on the top of my list.

Atmosphere: With the pandemic, you can’t even go past the doorway. Regardless, I love the vibe. It’s bright and rustic and also seems to be very popular with the locals.

*tip of the year* follow & trust the locals.

There were a couple small tables near the curb to sit down and have your coffee but nothing beats a ceramic cup.

Final Thoughts: It was a good latte! The barista was super chill and again, I’d be really interested to go back once the world calms down a bit. I’m sure it’s a nice place to go and get work done.


Honorable Mention: Maman

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Although I haven’t been to Maman’s Soho location (these photos are from their Tribeca location), I’ve heard great things about it and I still wanted to mention it as I’ve been to two of their other locations.

First Impressions: Very aesthetic – to the point where I was worried the quality wasn’t going to be any good because it was so “Instagram worhty”

Atmosphere: Very Instragrammable, very pretty, very dainty with a French vibe. Anytime I’ve been, they’ve been pretty popular – but honestly for good reasons.

Final Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised that the coffee was actually pretty good. It’s a GREAT spot to go and grab a coffee and a sweet treat (I got a vegan carrot & pumpkin loaf and it was divine). Thankfully, this spot not only has the aesthetic, but has the quality too. praise.

{Tribeca location on the left, Flatiron location on the right}

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Thanks so much if you came this far! I’ve been enjoying putting together this “mini series” of coffee guide to different neighborhoods in Manhattan.

Don’t forget to check out my West Village one.

Tribeca is up next!!!

If you liked this guide, or found it helpful please let me know! I’d really love feedback.

If you’re on the look out for more coffee guides:

Best coffee in NYC (also the most instagramable spots)

Best coffee in Portland, Oregon 

What to look for when choosing a coffee shop to spend your money at

Lots of love,

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Where to find the Best Coffee in the west Village of New York City

These are my top spots to get a quality cup of coffee in “The Village” in Manhattan, NYC.

If you’ve been keeping up with my Instagram or my youtube, you would’ve seen that I’ve taken a couple trips to New York City in the last month. It’s a really nice treat to be in a place like New Jersey where on my days off I can take solo day trips into NYC. It’s crazy to me looking back now how before quarantine, I didn’t really take advantage of my close proximity to New York City.

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Anyway, in the last couple weeks I’ve stopped by some coffee shops in NYC that have been on my ultimate list of places to go (some for over a year)!

You could call this a continuation to this post I did a while back of The Best Coffee Shops in New York City.

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I decided it would make the most sense to to post this in parts based on location within Manhattan & create a coffee guide for different neighborhoods. So STAY TUNED for the other NYC coffee neighborhood guides to come soon.

First, let’s start off with the area I am most excited to talk about, the West Village. I wasn’t expecting it to be the village but it really is a local hot spot. Both of the spots I’m about to mention were very popular when I went, and rightfully so.


Cafe Kitsune

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Cafe Kitsune is a french cafe that has a location in Manhattan. They have a nice assortment of food and baked treats (even vegan/gluten free)!

First Impressions: My first trip here left such a good impression on me that I did end up going back. The baristas make a really nice & classic flat white: the milk isn’t too hot or foamy, just the way I like it.

I also was a big fan of their vegan molasses-type cookie. I noticed it’s also sort of a wine bar at night so once I find people to go with or the pandemic maybe slows down I’ll go back at night!

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Atmosphere: They had some outdoor tables as well as a few starting inside.

*NOTE* they say they’re a laptop free cafe. The second time I stopped by I was hoping to get some data processing done on my laptop but after seeing the sign I didn’t want to push it (also since they have limited tables to begin with).

Final Thoughts: Like I mentioned, I was really happy with the quality of their coffee and baked treats! I cant wait to go back at night for some wine.

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The Elk Coffee

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First Impressions: I honestly came across Elk accidentally. I’m sure previously I’ve walked past it but this time it was so busy with a line out the door. After a quick mental deliberation I decided I had to try it out.

I decided on one of their fall specials which was a cinnamon maple latte. It was pretty good – not too sweet. I also got a nice avocado toast to hold me over.

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Atmosphere: Not only did they have a steady line, but as I was sipping on my latte more and more people pulled up stools and sat down. Granted, this version of “sitting down at a cafe” was a couple nice tables but mostly single benches and stools. I knew they had a committed local crowd when a woman near me took a stool, put it up against a tree and whipped out her laptop to do work. After being at Cafe Kitisune (and it being a laptop free cafe), naturally I was comfortable to then whip out my laptop to work on my data.

Final Thoughts: It was really nice to be a part of that cafe “work culture” again. I really missed sipping on a coffee (although this one wasn’t in a ceramic cup) and being productive.

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If you liked this guide, or found it helpful please let me know! I’d really love feedback.

If you’re on the look out for more coffee guides:

Best coffee in NYC (also the most instagramable spots)

Best coffee in Portland, Oregon 

What to look for when choosing a coffee shop to spend your money at

Lots of love,

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July 2020 specialty Coffee roaster Favorites

The best coffee roasters I’ve brewed at home this past month!

(a bit behind on the months but that’s ok)!

I’ve been trying so many different coffee at home the last couple months so I figured it was about time to start doing a post on my monthly coffee favorites!

To read next:

Coffee Selection Guide – how to choose what coffee beans to purchase

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Methodological

Their Colombia – Frontera De Planadas had this GORGEOUS nutty undertone that popped beautifully once it started to cool.

I’m very excited to try out more from this roaster. Also, this packaging? hello? also gorgeous!

If you love coffee with a nice nutty undertone this coffee is perfect for you.

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Graziella

Graziella’s Coffee Company’s Ecuador – Loja is so flavorful! I was super impressed with the way the caramel undertones are not only present right after it’s brewed, but it sustains as it cools as well. Super nice toffee/caramel kinda cup!

Super sweet team as well over there 🙂

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Taza Manga

Taza manga – Signature Coffee from Taste the Origin is a super smooth and balanced single origin coffee from Colombia!

I was so happy to come across a site that highlights fair trade single origin coffee (coffee that’s farmed and roasted from the same place). This blend even has a subtle nutty undertone that pulls through as it cools!

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For more coffee content make sure to keep up with my instagram! I’ve been posting lots of full coffee reviews and unboxings over there.

Lots of love,

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Honest Review and ranking of the Top Coffee shops on the Jersey Shore

This is where to find the best coffee in New Jersey.

Hello! My name is Ashleigh and I was born and raised here on the Jersey Shore. I decided it was about time to do a full coffee guide for my home turf!

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I feel that especially from living in New Jersey consistently for the past year now, I have a very good idea of the coffee spots in this area. If you’ve been keeping up with me, I moved back home after my undergraduate degree to prepare for my move to Australia for my masters.

I will mainly be focusing on those coffee shops found in Monmouth County, New Jersey. This guide will be perfect for you if you want to choose the perfect spot to stop by for coffee on a day visiting the beach.

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DISCLAIMER: These are my own opinions – you can choose to agree or disagree with them. I am no coffee expert BUT over time, and exploring many parts of the world, I feel that I have some sort of an eye for what coffee IS and ISN’T worth your money. Everyone has their own right to their opinion 🙂

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Related Posts:

The 3 things I look for when choosing a coffee shop to go to

5 things you NEED to make the best coffee at home

Coffee Selection Guide: how to choose what coffee to buy

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Before we dive into this, here’s a quick background of what I look for and love in a coffee shop.

  1. Quality
  2. Consistency
  3. Atmosphere
  4. Overall Experience

I do have a full post delving into what I look for here.

A decent amount of coffee shops in this area greatly lack consistency and training of their baristas. I have made the decision to not focus on the negatives and instead only focus on my top five spots to grab coffee around here.

Now that the ground rules are down let’s do this!

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5th – Booskerdoo

The atmosphere and menu of Booskerdoo is like a step up from Starbucks & Dunkin Donuts. I’ve had both horrible & okay coffee from here.

Pros: Their strengths is definitely their hot drip or pour over coffee.

Cons: Consistency – as the baristas vary greatly is consistency, I choose stay clear of anything with espresso/frothed milk.

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4th – Rook Coffee

Pros: Rook is good, especially in the summertime, if you’re just after a simple, delicious cold brew. BUT be prepared to wait a decent amount of time in a line (depending on location).

Cons: Consistency – it can vary a lot at times. With the way they prep all their coffee beverages, the slightest mess-up with the coffee ratios & your coffee will be far from perfect.

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3rd – Batch

Batch Coffee is a very new addition to my coffee radar. I first popped by the other week and happily impressed. I will definitely be back (I mean look at this aesthetic)!!!

Pros: The aesthetic is so stunning – bright, boho with lots of plants!

Cons: I haven’t been back yet to try any of their specialty drinks (to check consistency & quality more in depth) – but from first glance a con could be easily be how small the place is. They have seating but everything is very squeezed together. I’m hoping once I go back that they are at least consistent.

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2nd – Cafe Volan

My number two spot to visit for a nice cup of coffee is Cafe Volan. Their atmosphere by FAR is my favorite to get work done. They have lots of room to hang out and whip your laptop out (when we’re not in a pandemic).

Pros: The baristas are VERY consistent. I rarely get a coffee I’m unhappy with.

Cons: This really only applies to the pandemic right now but – their coffee is much better to have there over take away (could also just be since I love the atmosphere of the cafe so much).

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1st – Currant General Store & Coffee Bar

If you’ve been keeping up with me at all over on my instagram I always rave about the quality of Currant‘s coffee!

Pros: Consistency – every barista is very well trained and genuinely cares about the quality of your coffee. I am always so impressed with the little things they do to ensure consistency & quality (measuring out the weight of each espresso shot, timing pour over brews, frothing milk, the list goes on…).

Cons: Very limited seating -the dream would be for them to expand somehow & have a whole separate section just dedicated to seating (lots of productivity)!

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Posts to read next:

The 3 things I look for when choosing a coffee shop to go to

5 things you NEED to make the best coffee at home

Coffee Selection Guide: how to choose what coffee to buy

Thanks so much for checking this post out! Genuinely means so much to me 🙂

Lots of love,

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Ethiopia kofi review: The Moyee Blend

Stay tuned because I’ll be posting a life update in the next couple days! Just a couple things to follow up on if you’ve been following along with me for a while. Here’s my last exciting update!

For now, I’ll be talking about a coffee that was sent to me in the mail this past week (gifted).

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If you’re interested in how I determine what coffee to purchase, or what tips I have to choosing coffee roasters to begin with check this post out!


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Ethiopian Kofi

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This specialty coffee comes straight from the origin of the beans: Kafa, Ethiopia.

Ethiopian coffee is traditionally on the lighter side, with a balanced fruity profile. As mentioned here, Ethiopian coffees are generally heavy and winey or floral and tea like.

We at Tastykofi.com serve you premium quality coffee from where it was first discovered. We deliver to your door and offer subscription option so your coffee is taken care of.

taken from their instagram

My thoughts

I think it’s awesome that they strive for fair trade, good quality beans. If you’ve read this post of mine then you’d know how much I strive for good quality coffee roasters. Knowing specifically where the beans are from and that the roaster cares for a good relationship with the farmers is such a great sign.

I was able to try their “Moyee blend” which is a 100% Arabica blend. The coffee itself is about what I expected: floral and fruity. I’m excited to see what other blends and roasts they come out with in the future!

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Thanks again to Ethiopian Kofi for sending me some of their specialty coffee to try! check them out here.

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I hope things are starting to open up where you are. Slowly, but surely, the world is getting a bit back to normal. I will be posting my next life update soon!

Hope all you guys are safe! Thanks,

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keep updated

with me on my journey

coffee selection guide: how to choose what coffee to buy

This is a mini-guide on how I choose what coffee roasts to try and what specific things I look for when purchasing coffee.

There are thousands of choices when it comes to choosing coffee beans. When starting to brew at home, it’s most important to play around with a bunch of different variables and in the end see what you prefer. This can get expensive so keep reading for my recommendations to save you guys some money!!

Related: What to look for when choosing a coffee shop

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A mini preface: I am in no way calling myself an expert as this is my personal list of things I look for. I tried to make this guide as broad as I could so that coffee brewers of all levels and styles could find this helpful! I have a bunch of other helpful coffee guides over here.

The bulk of this guide is split between what to look for when choosing the roaster & then the beans themselves – two very important components. But ultimately choosing the best coffee is very subjective and it all comes down to your preferences.

Hopefully this mini-guide will help you become more aware of little tricks to point you towards the best quality coffee possible!

okay, let’s get into this list.


The Roaster

Credibility:

The credibility of the roaster would be the first thing I look at: whether I’ve heard of them before (and if it was in a positive light), the branding and the reviews.

Quality:

The quality of the roaster is even more important. If you’re buying coffee in-person look for all the specifications on the bag. Good roasters will specify the technique they used while roasting.

Look for any specifications of the kind of roast (light, medium, dark), the origin, flavor profile, etc. More detail on the bag can almost guarantee that the roaster really knows what they’re doing, which then ensures better quality.

Look for the roast date, as coffee does not last forever; over time the beans will completely loose their flavor (I know from experience). If the roast date is over 4 weeks old don’t even bother spending your money on it; that coffee is almost past their optimal freshness.

Going off that, a huge giveaway to me is if a roaster even offers their coffee whole bean. There’s been multiple occasions where I’ve purchased coffee online but you couldn’t select how your wanted your beans. So, me being me, I just assumed they would be whole beans; I was very wrong and very let down as it came pre-ground. I had no indication of how long the beans could have already been ground for and also it made it much more difficult for me to get the perfect at home brew with it.

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tip of the year: I highly highly highly recommend that when purchasing coffee beans to purchase them whole if you can. It helps ensure optimal flavor for each brew. I just want to make sure you don’t forget it.

So, if the roaster only offers pre-ground coffee, then run. Simple right?


The Beans

There are many variables that dictate the flavor of the beans themselves: on a broader scale, the origin of the beans/wash and roast processes dictate what you taste; on a smaller scale, the notes dictate what you taste.

Country of origin:

I’m going to keep this more user friendly, so I won’t be ranting about all 50+ countries that produce coffee and what each brings to the table. Just note that depending on the origin of the coffee and the wash processes used, it sets the scene for the flavor profile of the beans. Over time you may start to create a mental list of your favorite roasts you’ve tried and what country the beans came from. It’s another piece to the puzzle 🙂

but when looking at the top coffee producing regions, typically

Central & South American: clean & sweet

Africa: complex & fruity

Asia: luscious & earthy

found here
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The kind of roast:

(light, medium, dark, or somewhere in the middle)

light: beans roasted for the shortest amount of time, also light in color.

medium: the most common one you’ll find. roasted longer than a light roast, but shorter than a dark roast – how crazy is that? A lot of your classic “breakfast blends” or random drip coffee you’d find out and about typically are medium roasts.

dark: roasted the longest, normally very dark in color, rich in flavor and usually appear very oily to touch. Italian roasts, French roasts, Viennese roasts, etc. are all common dark roasts.

I typically go after roasts on the medium-dark scale as I love being able to taste bolder flavors, especially since I prefer to drink my coffee black. But even more important than picking the kind of roast, is the notes in that roast.

The flavor notes:

The coffee notes written on a coffee bag are very subjective. It could say chocolate and you taste fruit, or you could be so lost like “how could coffee taste like chocolate or fruit” and call it a day. Either is completely valid.

It took me a long time to really be able to taste anything other than coffee. Regardless, the notes are there to help you.

If you tried a coffee and one of the notes was “nutty” and you absolutely hated it, well when shopping next maybe steer clear of coffee with nutty undertones – it turns into a big process of elimination. Over time you’ able to create a mental list of “okay well I hated that kind of origin or those tasting notes” and realize what speaks to you.

Notes can really help you determine what kind of coffee is your favorite kind of coffee.

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Other coffee terms to help you fulfill your caffeine addiction –

Arabica vs. Robusta:

Arabica: sweeter, softer flavors. grown at higher altitudes & seen as the “higher quality” bean.

Robusta: bolder, more bitter flavor. grown at lower altitudes & contain more caffeine.

Almost all of the beans you buy are going to be Arabica, so don’t think too deep into it.

Single origin vs. a blend:

Single origin simply means its from one specific farm, crop, or region in one country. Not always, but a lot of the time single origins are of higher quality. A blend is an assortment of multiple roasts that are paired together in one bag.

Blends for milk, Single origins for black.

Blends are made usually to give a more balanced body and flavor profile that pairs well with milk, like in espresso-based beverages. Single origins are geared more for those who enjoy tasting the subtle differences in the roast, without masking it with milk.

but you do you. coffee is everyone’s friend.

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Fair trade:

Some people do prefer to shop fair trade (& go you), so when purchasing coffee take time to look around for that accreditation.

Companies who are apart of the fair trade community mean that they are advocating for the environment and the countries that they get their coffee from. They help to support the source countries to create a sustainable income for smaller family farms and ensuring they then earn enough to make a living. To learn more I found a nice post on it here.

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Where to find the best beans

This is great and all, but where could I find some great coffee to purchase from?

1. Start Local -local coffee spots, specialty grocery stores (normal ones usually only have low-quality coffee with a long shelf-life), or farmers markets.

What’s great about purchasing local is you have people to turn to and ask questions to see what they would suggest for you to try!! get a second opinion!!

2. Shop Online – whether you find a roaster that peaks your interest to buy from online (I’ve reviewed some insanely good ones over on my instagram), OR you come across a company that does the hard word for you – both works great.


Coffee Subscription Services

Subscription services are a great way to expose yourself to specialty roasters without having to do any of the searching. When signing up, you put in your roast and grind preferences (cough, whole bean) and you’re all set! Easy peezy, you get great coffee straight to your door.

I’ve tried a handful out over the last couple months, some were gifted & some I paid for, but I’m here to only mention the ones that are worth your hard earned money.

Honey & Roses Coffee Company:

Honey & Roses Coffee Company is a coffee marketplace which sells coffee from quality roasters all across the US! They offer a normal and a premium coffee subscription (both under $20). You can choose how often you want the coffee delivered – anywhere from 2 weeks onwards.

Honey & Roses is great because even if you don’t want to commit to a subscription of any kind, they are a coffee marketplace as well! They hand pick what roasters are on their site – so you already know they are going to be high quality. Their website also is set up so you can search coffee by notes, regions, etc.

I do have coupon codes to offer you! I don’t receive anything from these. They are just meant to help you out.

“Coffeeenut” for $5 off their adorable travel mugs & “nutsforcoffee” for 10% off coffee orders over $25

Related: An interview with the co-founder of Honey & Roses Coffee

Bean Box Coffee:

Bean Box Coffee is a subscription service that highlights roasters in the Seattle area. Their traditional subscription box (they’re currently having a deal here for $16.50) comes with four 2oz. sample packs. Also, I’ve noticed they always seem to have deals or coupons over on their instagram so keep an eye on that!

They make the idea of getting sample packs even more fun; if you get one that you really love you can use the code on the bag to then go on their website and order more of that specific batch!

I really love how they highlight a lot of smaller, less-known roasters too.

Atlas Coffee Club:

Atlas Coffee Club is great not only for their adorable aesthetic, but each month they highlight a single country of origin. In the box they include a postcard and also brewing tips to ensure you brew the best cup.

When placing your order you can choose the frequency of shipment, roast preferences and what size bag you want. I believe right now they’re having an insane deal for fathers day… I thought I saw it was only $4 for the first month!!!


Let’s Recap!

I know this is a lot of information but make sure to remember these key points.

  1. when looking for a good quality, specialty roaster check their: branding, accreditations, reviews, but most importantly – what they make a note of on their coffee bags
  2. so, take the extra minute or so to read the information on the coffee bag – you can tell a lot from it without even having to brew it!
  3. if you’re able to, buy whole bean.
  4. over time you will develop a taste for what regions or notes of coffee you enjoy the most! I’m all about having a good coffee tasting!
  5. if you want someone else to do the searching for you, OR you just want great exposure to specialty roasters – try one of the subscription services I mentioned!

If there’s a specific question you have that I didn’t answer here please don’t hesitate to comment or reach out!! I have a couple more coffee tips/guide posts planned for the near future – for questions I got over on my instagram that I felt didn’t fit the topic of this post.

If you enjoyed this please don’t hesitate to check out some of my most recent posts here.

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Where to find the BEST coffee in San Francisco

San Francisco, California Coffee Guide

With how boujee California can get, I had decent expectations for the San Francisco coffee scene.

*spoiler* it did not disappoint

I was only in San Francisco for a couple days, so I had to plan out where I was going to get coffee before-hand (nothing new) to try and fit in as many stops as possible.

If you’re curious how my brain works in deciding what coffee shops to try when I travel, especially with limited time, I did a whole post on what I look for. The points I made there helps me not waste my time or money on coffee shops that aren’t that good.

Related posts:

Best instagram photo spots in San Francisco

Ultimate Berlin Coffee Guide

Where to find the BEST coffee in New York City


Home Coffee SF

You may recognize Home SF from my Best instagram photo spots in San Francisco.

First Impressions: I was SO excited to go here after seeing it on instagram (I mean look at that latte art)! They have multiple locations but I went to the location near the 16th Ave tiled steps which I talked about here. The cafe itself has their own unique aesthetic filled with cute decor.

Atmosphere: It was a medium-sized cafe with some seating. Most of it was filled with people on their laptops getting work done (we love to see it)! It’s located in a more quiet neighborhood so I could easily see myself being productive here.

Final Thoughts: 10/10. It was such a unique spot with lots of character. I managed to get a spot at the window and the lighting was everything. If you ever go to SFO you MUST stop here.

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Golden Goat Coffee

Golden Goat coffee was actually my first stop when visiting San Francisco. I ventured off from my hotel down some side streets, passing everyone headed into work.

First Impressions: It’s a hidden shop right off an alley way. If you didn’t know of here previously, you would’ve just noticed a little fold out coffee sign off the main street. I could tell lots of people were here for coffee before work *local spot*

Atmosphere: The place itself is super small and I’m pretty sure they only do takeaway. But the employees were super nice and I’m pretty sure I saw one of them go off and give out coffee to the homeless around the area which was super nice to see.

Final Thoughts: 10/10 for quality, and location. This spot isn’t far off from the main strip, so it’s perfect to take a pit stop for a takeaway coffee before sightseeing.

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Ritual Coffee Roasters

always a yes to coffee

Originally Ritual Coffee wasn’t on my first list of coffee shops to try, but a friend mentioned it was on their faves list so I had to make it a point to stop by. I went to Soul Cycle in the morning then made a pit stop here to have for my walk back to my hotel.

First Impressions: They had a wider array of a menu with more specialty coffee (makes sense since they roast all their own coffee). To be fair I can’t remember exactly what I got here but I think it was one of their specialty pour overs & it was super flavorful.

Atmosphere: Ritual has multiple locations but this one was definitely more geared for takeaway. There were a few tables in and outside but it was pretty full when I went.

Final Thoughts: 9/10. I could see myself ordering their beans online to have at home as they definitely know what they’re doing. This spot just didn’t stand out to me as much as the first two I mentioned.

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Saint Frank

First Impressions: Saint Frank was a cute little shop off the main strip in Soma with the most gorgeous gold and teal/green aesthetic… what dreams are made of.

Atmosphere: Super, super cute decor and over aesthetic. There were some tables and such but it seemed that most of the cafe itself was where they roasted their coffee. Also something to note, the exact location I went to ( the one in Soma) wasn’t in the most quiet neighborhood, so I’m no sure if I would go here to get any work done. Nonetheless, the coffee was worth it.

Final Thoughts: 8.5/10 for coffee, I think I was adventurous when I went and got a slightly flavored latte over a normal one. If you know one thing about me I normally drink black coffee… If I was to go here again and get sweetened coffee I’m sure my rating would then raise a significant amount.

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Remember to check out my other city coffee guides here for other inspo 🙂

Thanks so much if you’ve read this far. I appreciate the support so much.

Lots of love,

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Cold Brew Lemonade: the viral recipe you NEED to try this summer

I know what you’re thinking: this is insane and there’s no way coffee could ever pair well with LEMONADE out of all things. I thought the same thing at first because this truly is a crazy concept.

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A couple days ago I tested out one of Honey & Roses coffee recipes over on my instagram stories. I was super intrigued when I saw they posted one for “Cold Brew Lemonade”. I genuinely was expecting it to be such a mess but spoiler alert: I loved it!

They described it as more of an “umami” flavor which I don’t think I’ve ever used that adjective to describe something before, but hey! here we are! The tanginess of the lemon with the pop of orange pairs super well to balance out the slight bitterness of the cold brew.

What you will need:

black cold brew of some kind (I made my own using a random ratio I found online)

2-3 lemons

1 orange *if you don’t have one it’s not end of the world*

sweetener of choice (I used agave)

water

ice

Essentially, with this recipe you basically just make your own lemonade and then add cold brew to it: it’s that easy!

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The Recipe:

1 ½ oz (or just under 1/4 cup) of fresh lemon juice

1 tsp of orange zest or juice from a fresh orange

2-3 tsp of a sweetener of choice (or more if you prefer it on the sweeter side)

1/3 cup of water

1/2 cup of cold brew

  1. Mix the lemon juice, orange zest/fresh orange juice if you have it, your sweetener and water together.
  2. Pour over ice and add in your cold brew.
  3. Stir it up, top it off with a garnish and enjoy!

*tip* the lemonade to cold brew ratio can be easily adjusted so if it ends up too sweet then add in more coffee or vice versa.

Easy peasy… lemon… squeezy….okay I’m done now.

If you try this recipe let me know what you think! I have all my other socials right over here.

Enjoy!

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